Scrubs Goes Under the Knife, Gets a Makeover

TV shows on the brink of cancellation could take a bit of schooling from the series Scrubs. The cult comedy show has been through its share of drama in the last few years -- facing cancellation, searching for a new network home, and coming back from the brink of sure death to make a few more seasons. The saga continues this fall when Scrubs will go through a complete makeover.

The show will take place at medical school and focus around Doctor Turk, with only occasional appearances from John "JD" Dorian and Elliot Reid. JD and Turk's relationship is the heart of Scrubs and without it, the show will be left for dead. Die-hard fans might have some concerns.

Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence confirmed that the show will take place in medical school instead of Sacred Heart Hospital, according to TV Squad. Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke, who play John "JD" Dorian and Elliot Reid respectively, have signed a contract for only six episodes. This upcoming season, the show will focus on Doctor Turk who will be going back to the classroom (to teach!). Viewers won't completely lose touch with Sacred Heart Hospital, but, according to Lawrence, "It's going to be a different show."

A desperate attempt to stay afloat this is not. Changing the cast and setting of the show is likely to lose Scrubs its devoted fan base. So why shake up the tried-and-true formula? For just that reason. The show has followed a formula over the last eight seasons, staying true to its original flavor of comedy, but failing to recognize its audience's changing desires. Doctor Turk's decision to go back to school is (dare I say it?) realistic. Kudos to the writers for stepping out on a very precarious limb to try something new.

Scrubs is trying to pull a Cheers without admitting that they are writing a spin-off. When Cheers ended after 11 seasons, Frasier Crane moved on to his own act in the hit-show Frasier, which also aired for 11 seasons. But it takes a layered and unexplored character to make the jump from co-star to soloist so effortlessly. And it is hard not to wonder whether Doctor Turk will pull off the transformation.

The central cast has stayed tight-knit and the writers developed the characters from "newbie" residents into burgeoning heroes of medicine. Viewers have watched JD and Turk grow up during their time at Sacred Heart Hospital and grown to love each character equally. The two doctors are lost without each other. Without Turk, JD might easily spin off the deep-end. And a show without JD may lack the zest needed to keep Scrubs alive and kicking.

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there gonna ruin all that was good about the show they should end it now as its already in decline
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I don't know why they don't just keep it the same, and make Cox or Turk the main character. I thought JD and Elliot were getting annoying anyways. Plus Zack Braff needs more time to do his voice over work in commercials. Mixing up the show too much will mess it up. Plus Turk, based on personality, I don't think would trade a scalpel for a text book, but that's my opinion.
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i think they should just pull the plug while they're ahead because that 70's show tried the same thing and it didn't end well
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Can the show survive? It may .. Spin City lost Michael J. Fox; I thought that would end the show but Charlie Sheen kept the ratings up. It all depends now on the casting directors.
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Ya right.. give it up people.. end scrubs the way you did.. give this show a new name.. all but Turk have moved on from this show as a reg star.. come on.. Turk to teach.. what about him becoming chief of surgery.. Bill Lawrence.. say something.. please say something.. give this show a final DNR Notice.. You have done well considering all the schedule moves.
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Turk!? I don't think so...
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I hope they don't actually end up doing this. I thought the season 8 finale was the series finale, and I thought it was a great way to wrap it up. I'm actually shocked that Zach and Sarah agreed to do any more episodes. Just move on. I won't be watching, because it will be too depressing.
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i love scrubs i love j.d and Elliot they should so be together.
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scrubs rules! my best character (after JD) imo is "sweaty" Ted, the lawyer
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I really don't think this will work... i truely love this show, but this show needs J.D., it's not because he's the best character (Cox is imo), but he makes all the other characters work, Turk isn't that funny without J.D., the Janitor isn't that funny without J.D. etc etc, the only character that really works without him is Cox and even he really needs J.D. to make him as good as he is.

I truely don't mind if he continues, but make it a new show, keep 1 or 2 old cast members and put in like 5 or 6 new ones, some of the new interns for all i care, but he shouldn't go on like this, people want to see the old Scrubs now, that's what they expect, you make it a spin-off and everyone knows what time it is, they won't expect the same thing, but now they will.

Just end it as it is and make a spin-off.
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Frasier was brilliant - brilliant cast and scripts. I adore Scrubs but I don't think this new incarnation will work because Scrubs isn't Scrubs without the chemistry between Turk and JD. The other characters were great too, especially Dr. Cox, but I wouldn't want whole episodes of just those characters. Not sure if Turk can make it without J.D. He doesn't even have the same chemistry with his 'wife'.
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Scrubs is a funny show, or at least was, but this sounds like a weird idear. I don't think it will surveve more than one season, but what do I know...
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WTF?
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I loved the ending in season 8. Great way to end the JD saga. If the show delivers the same humor in season 9, then i welcome it. If not, the scrap it and come up with something new.
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let the show end on a high mark! ugh stop milking shows. its just like 3rd rock from the sun. 4 great seasons and two awful ones.
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Well this sucks....I hope it doesn't even air. Why didn't they just make a spin-off then? Why make it Scrubs - Season 9??? Your ruining it Bill Lawrence....butchering.
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well ok Frasier was awesome and the best spinoff ever made, so I support anyone in the mindset of replicating that kind of success....but still, I dunno, they are taking away the best dynamic of Scrubs, and that is the Turk/JD bromance (and JD himself). I just think taking the main character out of the picture like that is not a smart idea, even if people said similar stuff when Frasier was coming out (after all lightning doesn't often strike in the same place twice).

And what about the rest of the cast? Are they staying or are they just GONE? I mean scrubs had a fun eclectic cast of other characters like the Janitor, Beard Face, and Hoock :) . Is it all gone in place of Turk and six epidoes of JD and Elliot? If so they better have something AWESOME up their sleeves, like, better than Frasier awesome.

And if this is only one extra season of scrubs with little plans to go the distance, then it's definitely a bad idea.
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it's time to pack up and finally end it
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oh jeez.. this is gonna be like the 'Joey' spinoff from 'Friends'. as awesome as a single character from a successful show is, they just aren't the same without the entire original cast backing them up.
I just.. can't image.. Turk without his JD. and that saddens me :(

they should have just ended it when it was good- not drag it out and change the whole shows premise and keep a couple extra characters that were left behind. :/
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i'm ready for disappointment
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How do you have Scrubs w/o J.D.? This sounds like a really stupid idea. (Kind of like Grease 2- even though that was a movie).
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Scrubs is a legend and even without Zach and Sarah, they can come up with good stuff. I'm sure Bill Lawrence will add up a few new characters, find new talents and explore more of the side characters like Ted, Janitor. Turk and Dr. Cox teaching can be lots of fun!

I'll give this new show a chance.
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I for one will NOT be watching. Scrubs has ended...time for ABC and everyone involved to GET OVER IT.
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It really is more of a Cheers to Frasier switch since so few of the former cast continue and most noticably the shows' change of setting. Losing the janitor really hurts. With his completely absurd behavior I could see him following 'Black Doctor' to his new profession and deviously switching with the old janitor much like he did early last season. And if his new show fails they can write him back in much like that. Janitor is not one to be constricted by rules or reality. Either way, losing him is a huge blow to the new incarnation of scrubs
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I don't have too high hopes, the finale was perfect and I see no reason to alter it. But I'll tune in
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I love Scrubs. Will give this new format a chance.
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terrible idea, its going to totally bomb, why do the networks have to do this to such a good show, it already had a respectable finale!
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Scrubs without JD!!!!.... WTF!!!
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this show had been getting "cancelled" as much as i love it...it might be time for it to go
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This is going to be very cool in my oponion. Scrubs needs change :)
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I think they should let this series go!
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I have enough faith in Scrubs to give it a shot.
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it's time to go.
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Scrubs used to be funny, this will just kill it.
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I don't know how this is gonna work, but we'll see.
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I'm not sure if I'm going to like this, but it's better than just doing the same as the previous seasons but only with a new narator. I also read somewhere that The Janitor won't tbe returning, too bad with them going to med school I would ahve liked to see Dr. Jan Itor again ;)
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I think they should have left on a high-the finale was perfect and i would have been happy if it ended after season 8
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I love Scrubs, but this isn't the scrubs we all know and care for. Turk needs J.D.
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Was once a good show but it's time to let it die guys. Stop milking this cow!
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I have to admit i never watched scrubs when it was on nbc,or abc for that matter,mainly because i never really knew that the show existed.Im sure i had seen an ad for it here or there but for some reason it never caught my attention.In late december my wife had our second baby so we spent a few nights in the hospital and the hospital we were staying in had a very limited number of tv stations to choose from.One of the channels we did have was tv land.We were pretty much watching whatever to just pass the time and then scrubs came on around midnight or something,it was a show i had never watched but i figured what the hell,were not goin anywere anyways.After watching a few episodes i have to say that im hooked on the show and have been watching it in syndication ever since,ive also started buying the dvd box sets.I was late to the party when it comes to scrubs but i really like the show and would like to see it go on.Its sad to see it change but theres a chance that the show may still have some fun left in it.Personally i think its the combination of all those characters that makes the show but ill take what i can get and if it isnt good anough than at least we have the older episodes.
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glad it finally be ending after this season
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I don't care but Scubs is back so WOOOOOOOOOOhhhhoooooooooooo!
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oooo soundings interesting. though Turk got promoted in the last season of scrubs to chief of surgery. im curious to see how they work that in.
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Didn't Turk just get promoted to Chief of Surgery? Why give up the promotion?
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it was a really very funny and succesful series but come on, end it before destroy it.
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wait a minute so that means no janitor, dr cox, ted, or the todd?
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Not overly thrilled by Scrubs coming back, the end to season 8 was near perfect. But in all fairness I will watch the first few eps and make my decision then.
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I don't think this will work. It won't be the same.
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Worth a try. It will make it or not. I wish more showa would try this. It allow us to keep the shows we like while at the same time getting a new show. If it works everyone wins. If not at least the network try to give that part of the fan base what they wanted.
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it didn't work for Joey from Friends, and it will not work for Scrubs, especially if they aren't even going to admit it's a spin off.
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