The return of Scrubs for a ninth season was one of the more surprising stories of this year's Upfronts, and ever since, I've been curious to see how creator Bill Lawrence plans to make things work now that Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, and many of the show's other stars won't be back full-time. Well, now we have an answer: Scrubs 2.0 will move from Sacred Heart to medical school, turning Turk (Donald Faison) and Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) into professors for a new crop of up-and-coming young doctors.
As Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly:
It's going to be a different show. It'll still be life-and-death stakes, but if the show is just Scrubs again in the hospital with a different person's voiceover, it would be a disaster and people would be mad.
Sacred Heart will still be a part of the show, even if it's not the primary setting: The students Cox and Turk teach will rotate through its halls and, presumably, encounter some familiar characters along the way.
As for those students, Lawrence suggests we should expect "half the cast, if not 60 percent of it" to consist of new faces — though Braff, Chalke, Judy Reyes, and Ken Jenkins will all be making guest appearances. Of the newbies, one "will be fairly famous," as ABC reportedly wants Lawrence to hire a big name for the role.
Do you think Scrubs can make the jump from hospital to classroom? Or do you wish — despite what Lawrence thought — that we'd just be staying put in the same ol' Sacred Heart? And what do you think of the idea of Turk heading up a classroom?
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