Articles for Scrubs Season 7

Kicking off its seventh and final season, Scrubs makes its return this week, answering a couple of lingering questions from last spring while still giving enough of the clever rants and juvenile fantasies to keep the show going. Picking things up the second where last season left off, the opening episode further explores the relationship between J.D. and Elliot as the two go down parallel journeys, determined on getting to the bottom of their fears of commitment.  Read more »
This week in Scrubs, J.D. finally gets to join the baby clan with the other characters of the series, as his son, Sam is born. As J.D. prepares to enter the world of parenthood, we explore the other characters‘ relationships with their kids, as we see Dr. Cox, Turk, Carla and even Dr. Kelso all deal with their parental issues in their own ways. We also witness the apparent fate of the J.D./Kim relationship. Read more »
Scrubs may be in limbo.  At least, one-third of its final season is.  On its swan song year, Scrubs appears to find itself among the shows at the mercy of the writers guild walkout. With six more episodes still unaccounted for in this, Scrubs‘ ultimate season, the often overlooked and underrated medical comedy once again faces another obstacle in its already colorful and dramatic seven-year history. Read more »
Amidst the ongoing writers‘ strike in Hollywood, show creator Bill Lawrence refused to write an emergency finale for the Emmy Award-winning sitcom, Scrubs.  Believing and insisting that the series will continue, he turned down a pre-strike request to create a back-up ending for the program that would enable the studio to finish filming the show early if the strike carries on until next year. Despite having one-third of its final season in “limbo,” Lawrence persists on continuing on writing the show as usual and is refusing to let the protests disrupt the production of the series. Read more »
While Scrubs enters into an indefinite hiatus due to the strike of the Writers Guild of America, cast member Elizabeth Banks (Dr. Kim Briggs) focuses her attention in making movies.  The 33-year-old actress has just been cast to star in Kevin Smith‘s upcoming comedy, Zack & Miri Make a Porno.The Scrubs actress will be playing Miri, opposite costar Seth Rogen, who portrays the role of Zack and with whom she worked with in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.  The role of Miri had initially been penned for Rosario Dawson, who starred in Smith‘s Clerks 2.  However, the Sin City actress was forced to pass on the project due to scheduling conflicts arising from the filming of Eagle Eye with Transformers star Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan. Read more »
In Thursday night‘s Scrubs, J.D. and the rest of the staff at Sacred Heart learn about what it means to get older as they each deal with maturity in their own way. J.D. and Turk, who have been busy with their babies, are feeling particularly antsy, so when the opportunity comes up for them to both have an afternoon together, baby-free, the two decide to go for broke and do the stupidest thing they can think of. Their idea: "World‘s Tallest Black Doctor" using the giant lab coat they have, along with a giant stethoscope and clipboard. Read more »
With the writers‘ strike still going full steam ahead at four weeks, shows are being divided between those who are benefiting and those who are suffering from the impasse.  Sadly, Scrubs, which is on its last year, is among those who are getting the raw end of the deal from the ongoing writers‘ walkout. Scrubs, like other shows currently on their final season, faces the very real possibility of not having the chance to provide closure via a sound and satisfactory ending. Read more »
Earlier today, NBC announced its Thursday night schedule for the month of January.  With the strike decimating NBC‘s must-see comedies, Thursday nights in early 2008 are not going to look very familiar.  This NBC announcement also reveals when the final episodes of 30 Rock, My Name is Earl, Scrubs and ER will air.  The NBC two-hour comedy block on Thursdays will be reduced to one hour in early 2008 to make room for The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition.   Read more »
ABC really wants to torpedo the premiere of The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition.  Following NBC‘s announcement that they were moving back The Celebrity Apprentice‘s premiere one week (from January 3 to January 10) to avoid college football and the final pre-strike episode of Grey‘s Anatomy, ABC announced today that they were moving back the final pre-strike episode of Grey‘s Anatomy to December 10 as well.  Both shows are set to air at 9pm.  Both of these announcements are accompanied by major shuffling of air dates for ABC and NBC shows.  Here‘s a look at where the final pre-strike episodes of some of ABC and NBC series will now fall.  Read more »
The WGA strike couldn‘t have had happened at a worse time for NBC‘s Scrubs.  Due to the shortage of scripts, the show has been forced to compress its seventh and final season to only eleven episodes, six of which have already aired.  On the bright side, the remaining installments promise to be good ones, with show star Donald Faison saying they worked hard to pack as much as they could into the episodes.To find out more about the upcoming new episodes of Scrubs, read on for spoilers. Read more »
It‘s unclear when Scrubs will return to TV. NBC originally planned to bring the series back to run out its pre-strike episodes on Thursdays, but for the foreseeable future, the 8pm block is filled with various specials. While many shows have been affected by the strike, Scrubs is an overlooked tragedy. This was to be the final season, but now, it‘s unclear whether that will still be the case, as the writers‘ strike has stalled the ability of creator Bil Lawrence to wrap the series up the way it deserves.BuddyTV spoke with one of the show‘s stars, Ken Jenkins, to find out what‘s going on. When last viewers saw Jenkins‘ curmudgeonly Bob Kelso, he was on his way out, being forced into retirement because he reached the age of 65. Jenkins clued us in on how Kelso will stick around Sacred Heart, even after he‘s retired. He also spoke about the strike and the state of uncertainty regarding Scrubs‘ fate, and he also looked back on some of his favorite moments throughout the years.Below you will find a full transcript of the interview, as well as the mp3 audio file. Read more »
The strike may have put many television actors out of work, but Scrubs star John C. McGinley is busy fulfilling a new role.On Saturday, February 2, McGinley and yoga-instructor wife Nichole Kessler, welcomed their first child together, a baby girl by the name of Billie Grace.  The eight-pound, 21-inch-long bundle of joy was born at 1:36am in a birthing tub at the couple‘s Malibu home with the aid of a midwife. Read more »
In the wake of the strike settlement, NBC announced that a number of its shows would be returning with all-new episodes in April.  Among those shows is the medical comedy, Scrubs, but while fans of the show will be treated to fresh installments in the Spring, a proper send-off to the series is still hanging in the balance. According to the New York Times, NBC has yet to decide whether or not to order the rest of the episodes that would finish up the final season of show.  Originally, 18 episodes had been slated for the season, but only 11 had been completely written before the strike began in November. Six of the 11 eleven have been aired, leaving only five new episodes to be broadcast. Read more »
There‘s no doubt that the WGA strike severely crippled NBC‘s comedy series, Scrubs.  The show had been in the middle of completing its seventh and final season when the walkout commenced in November, and like many other series, was forced to shut down production.  As uncertainty loomed over the landscape of American television, hopes of giving Scrubs a proper farewell grew dimmer and dimmer.  Even now that a settlement has been reached, the network has yet to officially pick-up the rest of the episodes that will give closure to the series. However, a ray of hope has been provided by TV Guide‘s Michael Ausiello, as the entertainment magazine‘s resident gossip claims NBC is very willing to give Scrubs a much-deserved proper send-off.  The information comes courtesy of a show insider that said “the details are almost worked out,” which means there‘s a very real possibility that the show will continue to play out onscreen and not on a DVD (which had been creator Bill Lawrence‘s worst-case scenario). Read more »
Viewers will get to see actress Sarah Chalke on the small screen again next month, although it won‘t be in new episodes of NBC‘s hit medical comedy, Scrubs. The 31-year-old actress will be appearing in a new television and national print ad campaign in the women‘s arena for popular underwear company, Hanes.  The new campaign is based on the success of the recent television ads that featured celebrities like Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Jerry Maguire, Radio) and Michael Jordan promoting Hanes‘ ComfortSoft Waistband underwear for men. Read more »
You‘re not having deja vu.  Once again, it is being rumored that should NBC go through with its plan to not pick up Scrubs beyond this current season, ABC will jump in and take over the long-running comedy series.  The Hollywood Reporter is saying that ABC would like to order 18 additional episodes of Scrubs for the 2008-2009 television series, which is great news for fans of the show.   It‘s been assumed for some time that this current season would be Scrubs‘ last.  Nothing is final (or, seemingly, even close) but considering the desire which ABC appears to have for Scrubs, things are looking bright for Zach Braff and company.  Read more »
Last Thursday, news broke out that ABC was close to picking up an 18-episode eighth season of the medical comedy series, Scrubs, from ABC Studios.  However, NBC, which is the current home of the show, has been quick to respond to rumors that a deal has already been finalized, with NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios co-chairman Marc Graboff saying that ABC Studios would be in breach of contract if the rumors prove true. “NBC has a license agreement with ABC Studios, which includes an exclusive right of first negotiation and first refusal to extend the series term beyond this season,” Graboff said in a statement.  “We‘re living under the terms of this license agreement and we expect ABC Studios to do the same.” Read more »
Finally, after much discussion over whether or not Scrubs is returning for another year on ABC, a reliable source has confirmed that the medical comedy series is indeed moving out of NBC and into its rival network. Actor John C. McGinley, who plays Dr. Perry Cox on Scrubs, told the National Ledger last week he was informed that production for the eighth and very last season of the show will begin on Monday, March 24, and that “the 18 episodes we‘re going to do starting that day will be on ABC next fall.” Read more »
Scrubs, the long-running NBC hospital comedy, went back into production today.  All the cast and crew are back at work, but there‘s a problem: no one is sure where or when their next episode will air.  It had been assumed that Scrubs‘ seventh season, which started airing in the Fall, would be the show‘s last.  When the WGA writers‘ strike hit Hollywood, things got a little shaky.  NBC began waffling on whether or not they would allow Scrubs to finish up production on their final season.  Even if NBC allowed it, there was no guarantee it would ever air on the Peacock.  That‘s no way to treat a show that‘s been on the air for 7 years – at least let them have their finale. Once the writers‘ strike ended, in walked ABC.  It‘s being reported that ABC, NBC, ABC Studios and Scrubs are in serious negotiations that would allow ABC to place an additional 18-episode order for an eighth Scrubs season, to begin airing next Fall on ABC.  With Scrubs going back into production today, it looks as if the deal has, or soon will, go through.  Read more »
Scrubs returns to NBC next week to begin airing new episodes for the remainder of season 7.  The fresh installment kicks off on April 10, four months after the show aired its last episode on December 6, 2007 and went on hiatus due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. “My Bad Too,” the episode which marks the comeback of the medical professionals at Sacred Heart, follows Carla (Judy Reyes) and Turk (Donald Faison) as they attempt to get each other the perfect gift for their first date anniversary.  Turk decides to learn Spanish, although he soon realizes that being bilingual can only work to his advantage. J.D. (Zach Braff), on the other hand, struggles with a patient‘s request, while Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) starts a game of thievery with Dr. Kelso‘s (Ken Jenkins) breakfast.  The Janitor (Neil Flynn), and Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke) also return for this installment. Read more »
For the last few months, many have been contemplating the fate of Scrubs and questioning not only whether it will have an eighth season, but whether it should have an eighth season. After tonight‘s episode, I would have to say that it is back in full strength and is just as funny and entertaining as it has ever been. Perhaps it was the possibility that it may be cut short that made the first half of the season seem somewhat rushed and forced, but this week‘s Scrubs seems to have regained all of its wittiness and rhythm, giving some of its classic humor paired with its signature character development. Read more »
It‘s getting hard to keep track of where you might find Scrubs actress Sarah Chalke on television these days.  The NBC comedy disappeared for over four months due to the writers‘ strike, then finally returned earlier this month to Thursdays at 9:30pm following The Office.  Now the network has announced that they‘ll be moving the remaining episodes of the series to 8:30pm, swapping the show with 30 Rock for the remainder of the season.However, even if you can‘t remember when Scrubs is on, you‘ll still be able to catch Chalke on How I Met Your Mother.  It was announced today that the actress will be returning to the CBS comedy after making her first appearance in the infamous Britney Spears episode. Read more »
Some time at the beginning of the season, Elliot accidentally spilled the beans on Kelso‘s age, prompting the board to enforce their mandatory retirement age. But, if J.D. wasn‘t narrating the beginning of every episode of Scrubs, there‘s no way I would have remembered this since this TV season has been so long with huge breaks ever month or so. Anyways, because of that slip, we get a quality Kelso episode as he forces a random intern to sit down with him on the bench in front of Sacred Heart and reminisce about his years at the hospital telling crazy story after crazy story in the way that only Bob Kelso can. Read more »
Although Scrubs is about to end its seventh season this week, NBC has not made a big deal out of it.  Doing away with massive promos and commercials that encourage viewers to stay tuned to the veteran comedy, the network has just simply urged fans to check out the show‘s interactive features on  Additionally, the usual array of creator and cast interviews that usually accompany the final episodes of a concluding series are likewise largely absent.The super low-key exit for Scrubs is tied to what‘s become the worst-kept secret in Hollywood: that the series is moving to ABC.  Although production has been under way for weeks and cast and crew have been encouraged to keep quiet, the long-pending deal for ABC to pick up 18 episodes of Scrubs for season 8 is pretty much essentially done. Read more »
In this week‘s Scrubs, Dr. Cox takes us to a magical land where a princess and a village idiot face off against a monster that has possessed a fair maiden with the help of a giant, a two-headed witch and a valiant knight while avoiding the wrath of an evil wizard that has taken over the Sacred Heartia. Strangely, however, that wasn‘t even the most confusing thing about the episode. First off, the show was suddenly given the vague billing as the "Scrubs Finale", noticeably leaving off any mention of whether this was the season or season finale. The truth is that it‘s both. Or neither, really, depending on how you look at it. You see, this is the series finale of the show as part of the NBC lineup, before it makes its move to ABC, which the current network is understandably being quiet about. On top of that, we get the inexplicable return of Dr. Kelso as the Chief of Medicine and Keith as Elliot‘s recently dumped ex-fiancee from one month(!) earlier. Read more »
While many networks might be in trouble next Fall due to the writers‘ strike shrinking the new pilot season, ABC is looking quite good.  It has a solid stable of returning favorites (Ugly Betty, Grey‘s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives), hit reality shows (The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars) and a solid 2007 freshman class that will return for sophomore seasons (Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, Samantha Who?).  This doesn‘t leave much room for new or bubble shows, so this season ABC is cleaning out its closet, dumping a lot of iffy shows while picking up a few gems from other networks. Read more »
ABC has officially taken Scrubs under its wing, leaving fans with a sense of relief in knowing that the show they have loved for seven years can properly bid farewell in style.  But before the dramedy moved into its new quarters, it was, for a long time, in the custody of NBC. Seeing that the series has pulled better ratings than 30 Rock and My Name is Earl, it‘s difficult to imagine what led Scrubs to break-up with NBC and what prompted the show to look for a new home. The cast and crew of Scrubs have been tightlipped in response to inquiries about the move.  But now that the network shift has been officially announced, show creator Bill Lawrence intends to break his silence. Read more »
ABC, the number two network in all the land (and only behind FOX because of the Super Bowl and American Idol), had its upfront presentation early this morning.  The network unveiled its Fall schedule, and it‘s pretty hard to get excited about it.  Nothing against ABC – the schedule is good, probably the best, top to bottom, of any network – it‘s just that there weren‘t many openings this time around.  Last season ABC launched eight new shows in the Fall, the most of any network.  For the most part, ABC hit a homerun with Dirty Sexy Money, Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, Samantha Who?, and Eli Stone in the mid-season.Networks rarely have so many returning second-year shows.  Because of this, ABC had very little work to do this pilot season.  There are only two new shows on the Fall schedule, with two more targeted for the mid-season.  Continue reading for a detailed description of the schedule and new shows. Read more »
As Scrubs moves to its new home base, ABC, for its eighth season, more changes await the medical professionals of Sacred Heart hospital.  While show creator Bill Lawrence has already teased that fans will surely enjoy what‘s in store for the upcoming season, TV Guide has more to reveal. The eighth season of Scrubs, which serves as a midseason replacement on ABC, will reportedly have three new interns to torture for Dr. Cox.  The injection of new blood is said to be part of an ambitious plan to return the show to its more drama-filled roots.Read on to find our more about Scrubs‘ new cast members. Read more »
Check out the BuddyTV personality quiz:  Which Scrubs Character Are You?One of the great things about Scrubs is how memorable the characters are.  All you have to do is answer 15 simple questions and you‘ll discover if you‘re a daydreamer like J.D., a bossy reactionary like Carla (Judy Reyes), or an overgrown man-child like Turk.  If you‘re especially lucky, you may discover that you‘re abrasive and hilarious like Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley). Read more »
There are a lot of things to look forward to when Scrubs returns for an eighth season on its new home, ABC. Three new interns, some huge guest stars and wedding bells are just among the many treats in store for the new episodes.  You can read more about it in this spoiler article.  But that’s not all. According to, Sacred Heart will be getting a visit from several well-known guest stars next season. Read more »
Veteran actor Michael J. Fox is supposedly close to inking a contract with FX‘s Rescue Me for a multi-episode arc.  Entertainment Weekly reports that the former Spin City and Back to the Future star is considering a role in the firefighter comedy drama as the love interest of Janet, played by Andrea Roth, Denis Leary‘s ex.  Fox is reportedly seriously thinking about it, as he and Leary are longtime friends.  If this pushes through, however, fans have to wait a teeny bit as Rescue Me won‘t be back until March next year.Meanwhile, according to E! Online, Fox, who is also renowned for battling Parkinson‘s Disease, is also in talks with creator Bill Lawrence to reprise his role on the ABC comedy Scrubs.  Now the two, Fox and Lawrence, go way back with Spin City, which Lawrence co-created. Fox‘s last appearance on the show was in 2004 for two episodes. Read more »
After rumors that Michael J. Fox is in talks with Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence to reprise his role on the ABC comedy, another face fans are very familiar with is joining the fun at Sacred Heart.  Entertainment Weekly reports that Friends alumna Courtney Cox is joining the cast of Scrubs for a three-episode arc.  She will supposedly play as Sacred Heart‘s new Chief of Medicine, a role which, according to the insider, will “ruffle feathers.”Meanwhile, this is certainly news for Cox after Dirt was canceled after two seasons due to negative reviews.  Fans have already commented on the soundness of this move for Cox, as it will allow her to showcase what she is best known for: comedy. Read more »
Scrubs is getting quite the royal treatment at ABC, something the show has missed during its seven-year run on NBC.  For one thing, the comedy‘s production will be upgraded to High Definition for its eighth season. Additionally, the network has also commissioned six webisodes to give the program some promotional boost.While the future of Scrubs appears brighter as it arrives on its new home network, some changes are bound to happen that will drastically affect the future of the show.  One of those changes is the departure of lead star Zach Braff. Read more »
The hit comedy series Scrubs is getting out of Sacred Heart hospital for an episode on a Bahamian island next season.  The cast and crew filled up the population of the small town recently to film the episode.“We were on a little island called Hope Town in the Bahamas.  The population is 300, and we brought 84 people there, so we increased their population by about a third,” said series creator Bill Lawrence.  Things got even better for everyone, when he heard how everyone in Hope Town was a fan of the show.  Local officials of the island offered to foot the bill for the shoot, and Lawrence didn‘t hesitate to get on board. Read more »
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." Read more »
Judy Reyes, who has played Nurse Carla Espinosa on all seven season of Scrubs, announced that she will be leaving the series after next season.  She joins lead Zach Braff, who has also said the upcoming eighth season will be his last.  Scrubs spent its first seven seasons of existence on NBC, but will make the move to ABC this season, a rare move, but a welcome one for Scrubs fans – the show was supposed to be finished after its seventh season.  Of course, there are no guarantees that there will be a ninth season, though Scrubs creator and show runner Bill Lawrence has expressed his desire to keep the show alive past the eighth season, despite possibly losing a number of characters.  Reyes is looking to check out some film roles or head to Broadway in her post-Scrubs career.  Read more »
So far, a number of Scrubs people have announced that they will be leaving the show after season 8.  That list includes Judy Reyes, and, of course, Zach Braff.  On the heels of a less-than-stellar season, Scrubs also transferred homes from NBC, where it spent its first seven seasons, to ABC.  However, Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence did swear that Scrubs will go on forever, or at least up to season 9.  Now Reyes is saying that even Lawrence will be leaving the medical comedy after season 8.Despite the major overhaul that the cast of Scrubs seems to be undergoing, Elizabeth Banks and Scott Foley both announced that they are returning to Sacred Heart for guest-appearances; Banks for a two-episode arc and Foley for one episode.  The two Scrubs alumni will still play J.D.‘s love interest  and Sarah Chalke‘s ex respectively. Read more »
Scrubs fans are in for a holiday treat this Labor Day as TV Land will be getting their fill of the ABC series, which stars Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke and John C. McGinley, among others.  The series will premiere on Labor Day with a 7-hour marathon on Monday, September 1st.  Scrubs is the newest addition to TV Land’s fall line-up, and is scheduled to air at 9pm from Mondays to Fridays."‘Scrubs‘ is the perfect contemporary acquisition for TV Land as the network continues to grow as the ultimate entertainment network for people in their 40s and 50s," TV Land president Larry W. Jones said in a statement.  "Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison and the entire cast is at their comedic best and their neurotic and side-splitting antics keep viewers laughing all night long.  The quick-wit and humor of this series definitely appeals to our audience, and it is precisely the reason why TV Land voted it the winner of the 2001 Future Classic Award." Read more »
While Scrubs has been surrounded by a lot of sad news about the stars departing from the television series despite its endurance to air another season, fans are still hopeful that the show will come back even stronger with season 8 moving to ABC.  This spawns from creator Bill Lawrence’s statement that he definitely wants the show to go on forever, or at least until its ninth season.  However, fans are pondering how he would pull this off with stars Zack Braff and Judy Reyes announcing their departure from the show.Meanwhile, Michael Ausiello of EW gave us a little tidbit about his conversation with Bill Lawrence, reporting that “there‘s ‘at best a 50/50 chance‘ of the show going on beyond this season.”  Ausiello also quotes Lawrence saying, “I see it as ending for Zach, and I see it as ending for me” and that the particular season 8 episode they are producing is “definitely written as a series finale.” Read more »
Fans of Scrubs know very well how frustrating it was following the show while it was with NBC, the network that enjoyed tossing the series around in different timeslots.  In fact, even series creator Bill Lawrence has been very honest about his thoughts on how the network has handled his show.  Nonetheless, season 8 of the show will push through, but will air on ABC, after receiving poor treatment from NBC.  In fact, IGN reports that they have already shot their season finale last week, even if the season premiere is yet to be announced.Meanwhile, another NBC snub was picked up by fans when Michael Ausiello of EW reported that NBC prevented two of its stars from participating in the season finale of Scrubs. Read more »