ABC is reportedly in talks to renew the long-running comedy “Scrubs,” though the show’s new form may have only a slight resemblance to the show a small number of viewers know and love.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC is going over a budget for the show’s possible ninth season with production company ABC Studios.
While series creator Bill Lawrence is reportedly in on the talks, the absence of deals for any members of the main cast may cause at least minor complications.
Several of the show’s familiar faces may become recurring characters, with Donald Faison, Neil Flynn and John C. McGinley all starring in other pilots and Zach Braff unlikely to return as a regular. In an unusual twist, the pilots for Faison, Flynn and McGinley are actually in first position, a sign that renewal for “Scrubs” was, at the time, considered unlikely.
Presumably the new show’s focus would be on a new crop of interns, presumably fresh faces to let ABC keep costs low.
Lawrence may also have split attentions next season, as he puts the finishing touches on his ABC pilot “Cougar Town,” a comedy starring Courteney Cox.
Ratings for “Scrubs” this season have been relatively dismal, but the trade story says that a possible renewal for the medical comedy could also be good news for the freshman comedy “Better Off Ted,” which hasn’t attracted the size audience that normally mandates renewal.
The “Scrubs” finale, currently only a season finale, will air on May 6.
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