Scrubs creator talks show's future, finale

Scrubs is finally returning to television tomorrow after a near-death experience early last year, but there's already talk about whether or not the show will return for an additional round next year.

The show's path to television this season is an interesting one. Once thought to be flatlined over at NBC, ABC opted to bring the show over to its schedule and give it a little more life in the form of an eighth season.

Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence spoke to EW.com about the upcoming season, but the outspoken showrunner also addressed questions of a possible ninth season without star Zach Braff. Unfortunately, it seems the likelihood of more Scrubs will rely more on dollars and cents than passion and talent.

"ABC is promoting the s--t out of Scrubs," Lawrence said when discussing the hospital comedy's future. "It's very weird. It's the first time I've seen commercials for the show in seven years…The reality is, Scrubs is incredibly reasonably priced. And without Zach's salary and my salary, it's probably cheaper to make then some new shows. And it's sold into syndication, so every episode that gets produced, ABC makes $1 million or so on the back end. I don't think it'll be a creative decision."

He would like to see the show go on without him because he understands that the people he's worked for years with still need their jobs. However, he's only okay with the show moving on without him if it maintains some integrity.

"The only way I'd object is if someone came up with a real crappy, half-assed idea to keep the show going," Lawrence says. "Like, 'We'll call it Scrubs, but instead of Zach Braff, it'll be Hillary Duff, because everybody likes her!'"

Lawrence also says that each character leaving will be given a proper farewell this season, the thing between J.D. and Elliot will come to a satisfying conclusion, and the Janitor's real name will be revealed, as promised.

"Neil Flynn and I are happy about it," explained Lawrence. "We felt we had burdened ourselves by never saying it, because then you're obligated to come up with something big. So we decided, to hell with it, and we didn't come up with anything big. J.D. finally asks him [in the finale] and the Janitor just says it; there's no big hoopla."

The new season of Scrubs airs tomorrow night on ABC (not NBC!). Would you still watch Scrubs if Lawrence and Braff weren't involved?

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Lawrence gone? Fine. Braff gone? Not a chance.
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Have we learnt nothing from other shows before Scrubs, you take away the lead and the show crumbles let alone the Lawrence from behind the scenes. If there is still any integrity in TV the show will end on a high this season.
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I don't think the show should go on without the creative talent that made it so great in the first place. Even though I like all the characters it just wouldn't be the same without Zach Braff anchoring them.
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I think they have taken the show as far as they can, and from it we have 5 unforgettable seasons to always laugh and cry over...I think they should bow out with grace and enter the halls of TV history
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I think they've done incredibly well to maintain the standard over the years - there is after all only so much material to go round - look at any long running show. The intern idea is much the same as house and that gave him new legs (no pun). I think i would still be a good show, but without Dorian it wouldn't be Scrubs.
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Okay, huge fan of scrubs. I probably wouldn't watch anyway, if it did continue... but the question I want answered is... who would stay? Kelso's not got much to do now. If Carla's going then Turk must surely be going too. Zach's out, of course. That leaves Elliot, The Janitor and Cox. Does that mean it's them leading new interns? Hm... doesn't sound inspiring.
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If Sarah Chalkes chesticles still be there, I will too.
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Scrubs has had a good run - bow out decently.
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i would still watch it, but i prefer they keep braff and lawrence, i like them both. Scrubs is one of my favorite tv shows and it honestly helps me through my tough times, cuz its funny, and serious all rolled into one. It also teaches some really good points in life. So i say keep it going!!!
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in my opinion over the years scrubs has been declining, its still funny but when you compare it to the first 2 seasons then its just not in the same league, id like to se it continue and i think with some new a fresh writing staff and characters then it could continue. although after watching last nights first two episodes i couldnt see story arcs for the new interns like i could for JD, Elliot, Turk and Carla but maybe we will as time goes on.
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Well, let's just soak up & absorb this new season on ABC before thinking about what could (and hopefully should) happen next year. Scrubs has been & continues to be one of my favorite sitcoms & I hope it will last. But it all would come down to who would replace Zach & who the new showrunner is. Bill Lawrence has been a godsend for this show -- and did so well that he overcame NBC's various attempts to destroy Scrubs over the past few years.
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Without Zach, it wouldnt be Scrubs anymore, at least not to me. He is what makes Scrubs so good. If he's going, it might be better in the long run to end it on a high note - as much as I love the show and look forward to new episodes, I'd hate to see it get dragged down
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I would watch, but only if they promise not to destroy the past of the show in the process. Carla will be gone at the end of this season if the show goes on so what are they going to do have turk break up with her. I can't really get behind that idea nor one with Elliot starting a relationship with anyone else. I can see the series go on with out some characters but keep the others. If Turk, JD, Carla and Elliot went then you could still have Kelso, Cox and the Janitor mentor or annoy a new generation of doctors.
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They won't spin-off the show because it is then a new show. Whilst it remains named Scrubs, the syndication continues and they make more money....
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No - it simply wouldn't be the same show without the main characters, especially not Zach.
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1000% yes! I would definitely miss Lawrence because I think he is a genius, but the secondary characters can definitely fill JD's hole! Some people disliked the six season because the character wasn't being entertaining, so I think it could definitely go on without him!
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no way hose... no Braff/larence = me not watching
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Hell no.
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I think the show will really tank if it continues without JD. and Lawrence... I kind of hope they end things on a high note instead.
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I'll second the spin-off idea. Maybe then Bill could be involved? Dunno, but Scrubs without Zach isn't Scrubs. Also, I think Zach will do much worse than he thinks he'll do once the Scrubs' bump ends.
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No, I wouldn't still watch Scrubs if Lawrence and Braff weren't involved. And I have to say, that I will be one angry fan if they do. Just make a spin-off or something, please!
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This is a tough one.
I still think that the JD era in Scrubs is over. He is one of the only characters who has barely evolved. He's a dad now, but in his mind, he's still the goofy kid from season 1. He has evolved as a doctor but not as a person. Although that is well integrated in the series, with all his friends always telling him that, it's hard to write new stuff for him.
I think this should be the last season of scrubs. Having seen the adverts, I guess a lot of the attention will be around the new interns and chief of med, so is that to introduce a spin off or just to keep going, I don't know.
Still, after watching the complete 7 seasons again these last weeks, Scrubs remains my all time fav show, and I would wish it to end with it's head high up in the air, and not seeing it die slowly from low audience ratings.
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Hopefully that's never going to happen. I'd HATE if it continues without JD and Carla, that would just ruin my favorite show ever. Just make a spin-off, or maybe not, just end the show this season with dignity. "My Finale" should be Scrubs' finale. Because I love it so much I don't want it to become one of those shows where the main character leaves 'in just a crappy sitcom', Scrubs is far from that.
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Scrubs won't be scrubs without them but I'd watch a few episodes if the show carried on without them to see if it was good.
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It simply would not be good enough without JD so I probably wouldn't watch a season without him.
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I'm very happy that Scrubs is being given the chance to go out the right way, but the show in it's current form has run it's course. Since Carla and J.D. are leaving the show (and I guess Turk has to as well) I'd say keep the show going with the focus being on some new interns. I mean Dr. Cox (Johnny C.) and the Janitor (Neil) are the best parts of the show and they haven't come out saying they want to leave the show, plus Elliot (Sarah Chalke) hasn't either so keeping them a part of whatever the show becomes would be interesting. But I've never had a favorite show of mine spun off or 're-tooled' so I don't know how good all of that would work out. Looking forward to a good 'Final' Season though :)
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You see? Its all money money money
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Scrubs is not Scrubs without JD
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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I would watch it, but it will never be the same without JD.
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It would be REALLY weird without JD in the show, but I would have to watch it to see what happens. It just seems like everything revolves around JD and without him, it just wouldn't be the same. After all, who else would do the narrations and the funny cut-scenes?
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No way, Braff is the heart of the show and Lawrence is the brain. Call it Scrubs the next generation, and let everyone leave. Without JD, Elliot can't be there and without Carla, Turk can't be there.
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