Despite periodically struggling in the ratings and tinkering oh so close to cancellation, Scrubs
creator Bill Lawrence swears that its eighth will be the year Scrubs
become a hit, finally, after seven seasons. It will also move to its new home ABC after airing on NBC for the past seven seasons.
"I don't know if you know this," Lawrence said, "but you can't kill this show. It's going to go on forever."
The lighthearted and Emmy-winning medical comedy about an overworked hospital staff will return for an eighth season later this year, and to keep the show exciting, Lawrence is brining in some young faces for the new season, with the likes of comedian Aziz Ansari from MTV's Human Giant
, Eliza Coupe from Flight of the Conchords
, and even a three-episode arc for Friends alumna Courtney Cox.
According to Lawrence, "One of the things that sometimes bums me out about television as a TV fan is we both like continuity. We don't want our characters to change. You want to turn on the sitcom and know who your characters are. But at the same time, once you reach the seven- or eight-year mark, you're like, 'When the hell are these people going to change?'
"I told them, 'Guys, we have to bring in some young actors,' And they were like, 'We're the young actors.' So I said, 'Why don't you take a gander at the opening credits and look at how young you guys all look.'"
Previously, we reported that the premiere of the promising eighth season will take things outside Sacred Heart as they troop to the Bahamas for the Janitor's wedding ceremony. In addition to the promise of a “fantastically funny episode,” Lawrence said he wanted to film it on location to disprove the old TV notion that sitcoms don't travel well. So far, he has described the experience as one of his happier moments in seven years.
-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image Courtesy of Scrubs TV)