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.
Broadcast on NBC, Scrubs is a sitcom that revolves around the professional and personal lives of the people working at a teaching hospital called Sacred Heart. It features colorful personalities, slapstick plots, fast-paced dialogues and surreal vignettes, which are often presented as daydreams of the main characters. Currently in its seventh and final season, the show stars Zach Braff as J.D., Sarah Chalke as Elliot Reid, Donald Faison asDr. Christopher Duncan Turk, Judy Reyes as Carla Espinosa, John C. McGinley as Dr. Percival “Perry” Cox, Ken Jenkins as Dr. Robert “Bob” Kelso and Neil Flynn as the Janitor.
Members of the Writers Guild of America have been on protest since last week after discussions between the union and studio representatives failed to resolve a dispute over royalties. According to Lawrence, he will write a finale and battle with the studio to get it shown, even if it has to happen next season.
“I will use all my leverage to end this show properly, even if it means I have to do all the voices myself and call people up to read it over the phone,” he said.
Lawrence, who appeared at a New York Comedy Festival event last Saturday with the Scrubs‘ cast, revealed that roughly seven episodes of the show’s 18-episode order haven’t been written yet, which means that Scrubs could be forced into reruns as early as January.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: World Entertainment News Network
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