Scrubs: Returning for a Seventh but Final Season

Cast of ScrubsLast summer, it was looking questionable about the future of the NBC sitcom Scrubs. Initially, series star Zach Braff said that he didn’t expect the series to go another year. He felt like both he and creator Bill Lawrence were itching to do other things. Then, Lawrence said that he would be open to do another season, even without his bud Braff if necessary. Rumors have gone back and forth ever since but, of course, all of it was contingent on where or not NBC would want a seventh season. Well, it now seems like things are finally settled. Well, mostly.

It’s now been confirmed that the offbeat medial sitcom will definitely be back for another season but, it looks very likely that that will be the last. Lawrence explains the good news this way: “The reason that we have our destiny in our own control is because the show’s a dinosaur and ABC (Disney) owns 100% of Scrubs even though its on NBC. It’s sold into syndication, it’s doing well, so they essentially told us… I said ‘Should I be writing a series finale for the show this year?’ And they said, ‘No’ because if it’s not (picked up) on NBC, we’re gonna do another year on ABC.”

So which network will air the series? It’s likely that it will be NBC. They aren’t overflowing with popular programming and Scrubs has become a cornerstone of NBC’s attempt to reclaim “Must-See-TV Thursdays.” The show’s holding its own against very stiff competition from the other networks and, is NBC’s youngest skewing primetime series (the show’s average viewer age is about 36). Lawrence shared, “We’ve essentially been told that NBC is really happy with how we are doing. I would say it’s better than a coin flip we are back on NBC.”

The series recently scored higher ratings with a special musical episode (which cost double what a regular episode cost). The special episode actually came about because of the series unknown future. Lawrence said, “We decided to do a musical episode show now because we outlined at the beginning of the year when we thought this might be our last year. I always promised everybody, the cast are all musical theatre geeks, the writing staff likes it. It’s really a labor-intensive thing so I promised everybody we’d do it in the last year of the show. So (this year) they said ‘this could be our last year’ and we did it — and it’s not going to be the last year so it was a giant waste of time (laughs).”

So, will Zach Braff be back for what looks to be the final season? Lawrence now says that Scrubs would not continue without J.D. but “feels pretty good” that Braff will be back for the seventh season. For his part, Braff has said that he would be willing to return if “all the right pieces fall into place” which include Lawrence’s continued participation and “some scheduling tweaks” (presumably to allow him to do his film work). He’ll be making a decision in the next month.

I think it would be pretty difficult for Braff to miss out on the series’ swan song so it’s a pretty safe bet the cast will remain intact — no matter what network they’re on. Of course, things can always change. We’ll keep you posted if they do so stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Scrubs! says

    tricia is totally right
    plus JD brings the whole scrubs feel to the show, it wouldnt be the same without JD and how could they do it without JD he ALWAYS narrates it !!!!!!!!!
    I love Zach Braff

  2. tricia says

    Are you kidding me, this show would be nothing without JD. He’s the main character AND the narrator. What’s Turk going to do without his best friend? He would have no place in the show without him. Pretty much the only time Turk is ever present is when hes with JD. Who’s going to look up to Cox? And who’s going to be secretly in love with Barbie but not realize it until she finds another guy? Who’s the janitor going to mess with? Please tell me you can’t happily imagine watching this show listening to any other voice narrating it besides JD’s. Carla and Cox are my two favorite characters but they wouldn’t matter without JD.

  3. says

    I love scrubs man. Keep it going. I will be gutted to see JD go But the other actors are just as good. Cox is amazing and his wife is even better. Please please keep Scrubs on the go. Yeah Conor… Your deffinantly right!

  4. John says

    Zaff why are you doing this? Scrubs can go on without JD call me crazy but there like 5 eposiodes without him call Her story and His story and there mutlipule of them and they were just as good. Maybe follow up with JD’s intern Thumper? Make Cox the star? Make Zaff act at gunpoint just do something to keep Scrubs going damn it it is all the worth watching I mean it why I got TiVo I spent$500 for an HD TiVo just for scrubs I got over 150 of the epo. And just got a 750 GB so I can have all of the EPO. Just do something to keep Scrubs going please!! Sarah Chalke is soo hot she could do better than jamie afifi hands down hottest Canadian ever!! Email sometime Sarah lol. Scrubs number 1fan JDs toothbrush is yellow and should not go into movies until I die

  5. says

    Lost is back with big surprises this time and 16 brand new episodes. ABC unlocked some revealing secrets and episode titles that I will be sharing with you on Part 2 of this discussion. Lost had a great time slot at the beginning, but now it’s dropping down the hill. In season 1, it was a 8 P.M. with plenty of audiences all around USA, and in Season 2, it was at 9, and now in Season 3, it airs at 10. With the 10 o’clock time slot, Lost has been falling, and its almost time to say good-bye.

    This will be the final season of LOST because of the creator J.J Abrams wants to go to the movie business. After the 16 episodes, and the unexpecting finale LOST will sadly be ending.

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