Zach Braff's Scrubs is set to reopen its hospital doors on ABC January 6. The big news is star Zach Braff's official exit from the show when this season completes. But we will not dwell on that as we chat with Braff about the former NBC hit's upcoming ABC debut.
Braff and team have already wrapped shooting, so fans who follow the Scrubs doctors of Sacred Heart Hospital to their new network can expect a full dose of goofy JD and his quest for love.
"JD's still is struggling to maintain a female relationship," Braff says to SheKnows. "He's got a kid now. That's making him grow up, so even though he's not with Elizabeth Banks (Kim), he's going to eventually want to settle down. Getting older and having a kid make him want to experience the next phase of his life."
Many fans are more concerned over the show's next phase of life and how the move to ABC - aka the magical world of Disney - will affect Scrubs' off-the-wall and often sharp-tongued humor.
"Well, most of the year is animated," creator Bill Lawrence jokes. "No, I don't think it's a big thing, because this has been an ABC-Disney show from its inception. We were on NBC, but 100 percent owned by Disney and ABC, and they have been so supportive from the start.
"Production remains the same and we're going to deliver the same show we have for eight years," he promises.
"When I created this show, I pitched it as possibly being like ER as a comedy, with some revolving cast members putting new blood in," Laurence recounts. "On a cool side, most of the actors chose to stay this whole time, but now we've brought some younger people into the show, so when Zach leaves..."
So how does the star, Braff, see his new co-stars?
"I keep calling them the 'kids'. It makes me feel so old!" Braff quips. "It's great to bring in new energy. We all needed that. It's one of the reasons we have a new-found inspiration this season. It's nice to have fresh people come in, even when they're guest stars like Elizabeth Banks, because they bring their own, fun energy."
The Scrubs cast is as close as they appear on screen. "There's not a lot of practical jokes onset, but we tease the hell out of each other," Braff continues. "After spending eight years in an abandoned hospital with people, you get to know all their little buttons to push and we love to mess with each other."
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