After 9 years, Scrubs the popular medical sitcom/drama has officially flat lined.
Originally, the show was contracted to finish on its eighth season. The writers, obviously prepared for this, managed to give the TV show a great send off and end it on a good note with a brilliant-yet-emotional season finale that left fans satisfied and ready to move on.
All the loose ends in Scrubs had been tied up, for example J.D. and Elliot, who were on and off like a light switch had finally got together after an ‘emotional’ rollercoaster ride similar to that of Ross and Rachel’s in Friends. Turk became Chief of Surgery and he and Carla were preparing to dine for four, with their second baby on the way. Dr. Cox and Dr. Kelso – who were rivals throughout the series, became good friends shortly after Dr. Cox took on Kelso’s managerial position of Chief of Medicine and the janitor – well we finally found out his name in the last episode and he explained his motives for constantly torturing J.D. all those years.
So why pick back up a series that had clearly finished? The only answer that came to mind was money. The producers thought they could ‘squeeze more blood out of the stone’ and still get good enough ratings for Scrubs to continue on as normal, except it wasn’t normal, and they were very wrong to think it could succeed.
Scrubs Season 9 was officially cancelled by the ABC network after its thirteenth episode. The producers and writers had completely reshaped the show. The setting was changed from a hospital to a Medical School Campus, where the main character J.D., only returned for 6 episodes and was replaced by a young, naïve blonde girl called Lucy whom they had tried (and failed) to turn into J.D. The classic theme tune ‘I’m no Superman’ performed by Lazlo Bain was replaced by a cheap cover of the song by WAZ.
The only two original Scrubs characters that appeared in all 13 episodes were Turk and Dr. Cox, and their characters had been ruined because neither of them resumed their head positions in the hospital, they were made lecturers one year after climbing to the top of their career ladders in ‘original’ Scrubs. The loveable, but clearly insane-janitor, appeared in about 10 seconds of the new show in a flashback and he was never seen to appear again! Elliot was only in a couple of episodes and Carla, Turk’s wife didn’t appear in the series at all! Taking all of this into account leads me to ask only one question: What were the production team thinking?!
It seems that I am not the only one who thought Scrubs had crashed and burned. ‘Scrubs is dead’ according to Zach Braff who played Dr. John Dorian (J.D.) Braff announced on his Facebook Celebrity page that ‘it appears that ‘New Scrubs’, ‘Scrubs 2.0’, ‘Scrubs with new kids’, ‘Scrubbier’, ‘Scrubs without J.D.’ is no more. It was worth a try, but alas… it didn’t work.”
The writers’ team also posted a message on Twitter saying ‘Whatever happens in the future, we’ll let you guys know’. Nonetheless there’s still a party who holds hopes for the medical sitcom. Creator Bill Lawrence told E! Online that there has been no official cancellation, saying ‘we’re all just assuming that it’s over’.
Well Scrubs is over, and this should have been accepted at the end of Season 8 last year!