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Scrubs to Change Setting to Medical School for Season Nine with Donald Faison's Turk and John C McGinley's Cox as Professors

Scrubs Goes to Med School For Season Nine

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?

Photos copyright 2009 ABC, Inc.

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bchicgrl bchicgrl 6 years
I love scrubs and I was wondering how they were going to change with most of the cast not being around FT but the way they would like to change it might be good since Braff won't be a part of it. I'm excited to watch the upcoming season but I think this season will def be the make or break of this show.
Allyace Allyace 6 years
I said when they decided to keep the show around that if they wanted to do this they had to make it different and sounds like they are doing that. So hopefully it will work. I love Scrubs and really there just aren't that many good comedies on anymore.
RachLA RachLA 6 years
They should have quit while they were ahead... this change is going to kill viewership.
sandy82 sandy82 6 years
This sounds like a horrible idea. :(
strangemanners strangemanners 6 years
I watched one or another Scrubs episodes. I really wanna watch the original show and all seasons but this change wasn't appealing for me. Considering how many new shows are out in september I don't think I will have time for this one.
MissyB1984 MissyB1984 6 years
I actually really like this idea, I think the changes are going to work well.
sumbum sumbum 6 years
I guess I'm the only one who likes this idea! I think changing the setting of the show is a good idea...I don't think replacing the show's main character (JD) is good enough, he brought so much heart & whimsy to the show. I just hope Scrubs is still on its funny streak!
runningesq runningesq 6 years
No like.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
No like.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Why can't they just let it die already?
kscincotta kscincotta 6 years
Ugh, it's like they're spinning off their own show. Just let it go, already!
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