Scrubs: Draw the Curtain Now!

We've all heard the news that the ninth season of Scrubs (and the show's second season on ABC after seven years on NBC) will move from Sacred Heart (supposedly a teaching hospital) to a medical school, with Turk (Donald Faison) and Cox (John C. McGinley) in the faculty ranks. J.D. (Zach Braff) will make spot appearances, as will Elliot (Sarah Chalke), The Janitor (Neil Flynn), Carla (Judy Reyes), and Kelso (Ken Jenkins). Sounds pretty normal, right? Same cast, different setting. Desperate Housewives flashed forward, so why can't Scrubs mix it up, too?

Show creator Bill Lawrence explained to iF Magazine at last week's TCA's that the show would acquire several new actors, too. He likened the change in setting to the transition between Cheers and its 1993 spinoff Frasier, saying, "Frasier was very smart, because they moved it to a new location, so it didn't bother you when you didn't see Sam and Diane." Scrubs hopes to achieve a similar connection with its viewers by placing the med school across the street from Sacred Heart, where old characters will haunt the hallways and occasionally pop up on the revamped show.

Something's fishy here. Is Scrubs getting a spinoff -- with its same name? Or is it just getting a makeover? Lawrence mentioned that he tried to get the name changed to "Scrubs Med," but clearly the name hasn't been adopted. And, for awhile, he thought the show would end while it was still on NBC. ("I felt we had been writing the ending of Scrubs for four years, because I thought it was going to be cancelled for four years.") So what's the deal? Will Scrubs pull off the spinoff? Will the show assume its former identity and continue for 9 more seasons? Or will it float in no-man's land until ABC pulls the plug (or CBS gives it a try)?

One thing's for sure: Scrubs (if we can really call it that) better get its act together if it wants to make so many changes. But the truth is that Scrubs should quit while it's ahead. Actually, while it's already behind. After eight seasons and one network change, it's time to stop the madness.

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Sound like a good change with so many of the Cast members leaving but they should not call it Scrubs.. they should call it something else all together without using the Scrubs name in it at all. Scrubs med sounds good but we will see how this runs.. Fraiser did well for so long so I don't see how this cannot do just the same.
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"But the truth is that Scrubs should quit while it's ahead. Actually, while it's already behind. After eight seasons and one network change, it's time to stop the madness."... Really? Scrubs is the best show out there and I believe that the 9th season was the best one yet... I Hope the spinoff wannabe is as good as the previous nine seasons, even if it is half as good it would still be a great show and really worth watching.
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I'll give it a shot b/c this is my favority sitcom, but the leash will not be too long.
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Hmmm, "damage already done?" indeed. I mean, I love Frasier, but it's really the only true successful spinoff isn't it? I mean, just because you know Frasier is great, doesn't mean your spinoff will work (just look at Joey). Also, how ARE they going to rationalize all these characters moving (and so many others showing up "from time to time"?). So turk is a main character but Carla only shows up about as much as "I'm gone" character likes JD and (I guess also) Elliot? Weird. And Cox joining Turk to teach? Didnt he just the new job as manager of the hospital? They'll have some splaining to do for any of this to make sense. Because Frasier made plenty of sense, he got divorsed, his heart broken, got offered a cherry radio gig in his hometown where his dad had just gotten shot, it was time for him (And only him) to move. Frankly, if Lawrence were to site Frasier as precedent, then the spinoff would be about JD at his new hospital (but dumping all the other characters and establishing a whole new plot around a likely already reluctant to stick around Braff would have had it's own obvious issues).
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This is my favourite comedy show for 8 years. It will be so sad if they really cancel it.
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I'm gonna give Scrubs the benefit of the doubt because of how great it was.
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I would never go so far as to say they should shut it down without seeing how it turns out. Scrubs is a hit international television show, with incredible writing, who's to say there's no way they could pull this off? I remain optimistic.
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as a big fan of scrubs i'm glad to hear about a spin off, although spin offs like frasier are good but with the amazing ending that they gave to the show i'm just hoping its not like joey!!!! the simple fact is though we need good sitcoms and its easier to spin off a good one then create a new one, although Bill Lawrence is making the same mistake that they made with spin city, keeping the majority of the cast but losing the character that brought them all together, i'm hoping they at least rename it to something different
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I'm not the biggest fan of Scrubs but to suggest that it should stop now is completely stupid. It is still better than ALOT of rubbish on tv at the moment.
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Scrubs is still much better than 95 percent of the Reality CRAP, same ole crappy cop shows and boring medical shows that are all the same, except for House. CW has nothing except for the late night reruns and all the others canceled their best comedies last season. It is time that all the networks wake up and give us lots more comedy-that is what we need to help get through these tough times people! As long as the writing is good and the laughs keep coming-let Scrubs rock on!
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Scrubs is a great show with J.D and his friends. Is Scrubs getting a spinoff with different name? We'll see!
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Do not agree at all with your bottom line. Why the he*k should Scrubs quit, when it's just one step behind a revolution?
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Even a bad Scrubs will still be better than 70% of what are passing for sitcoms these days. Yes, it could have ended gracefully after this last season, but if ABC wants to finance further episodes, I'll keep watching.
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I use TV.com primarily to find out episode information. So, I must confess that I never realized how low the calibre of the writing on this site was until now.
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How many times can a show have a final season?
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i don't want them to run the good name into the ground
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Yeah stop it. Scrubs was a great show but it's over. Lets face it, they still make money airing the reruns.
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I agree the finale was awsome... they should stop!!



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Stop milking that cow!
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ABC should have made the creative choice and ended scrubs on a high note. The season eight finale that was supposed to be the series finale was so amazing that it shouldn't be continued.
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It's a bad idea. When ratings dip, don't complain we didn't tell you so....
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TV.com really needs to stop putting up editorials and calling it News.
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I just started watching scrubs back in january in reruns and up until that point i had no desire to watch the show.After watching a few episodes in sindication on several different channels i started really loving it.I realized that i was watching episodes from different seasons and what i really wanted to do was watch it from the start so ive been buying the box sets.Its quickly became one of my favorite shows and at this point id like to see it go on as long as they can make it work.
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I don't care I will be glad either way.
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Time to end it
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Christ, if it's gonna be in the format of a spinoff basically, then come right out and say it! All these huge changes this late in the game just make Scrubs look like it's hanging pathetically by a thread. End it properly while it's still got SOME fans already!
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For the love of all that is holy, stop this madness! Scrubs had been going downhill for a while and just needs to stop. Go out while you're still sort of respected instead of flogging a dead horse. Some people just don't know when to quit.
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Sounds like After Mash.
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I liked them bringing it back to give it a proper send off but this just seems a little too far.
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ER pulled the same stuf, albeit gradually, but they lasted a while, if scrubs can pull it off good for them
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Ugh god forbid they listen to the fans. -_- We're satisfied with the ending so why beat it to death?
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I think it's amazing how well written the show started out and how God awful it's become. Too bad they didn't cancel it four years ago...
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I love the show and am a bit nervous about this. J.D. was given a great ending with him and Elliot. I hope that they don't screw it up by having them break up again. Also with Turk being a main character, how can they not have Carla unless they don't focus at all on his home life. Same with Dr. Cox and Jordon. Plus with Neil Flynn on a new show on a different network the odds of him showing up at all is slim. Hopefully they focus on the new characters and make this a passing of the torch and leave what was done last season or add to it in a good way.
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The end of the last season was so good that they should just lay it to reast with the closure that they have given everyone. End it now.
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I still love the show. I hope they pull it off because there just aren't many quality comedies out there anymore.
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they should have just ended and let it be
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