Restart “Scrubs”? “We will do it” says Bill Lawrence at Reunion


“We’re going to do it because we’re lucky people care,” Lawrence said of a potential revival of his long-running medical sitcom.

After eight seasons, two networks, and a ninth season subtitled “Med School,” there may be even more “Scrubs” on the way.

On Sunday morning, much of the cast as well as creator, Bill Lawrence, gathered for a reunion panel at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX. Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes and Neil Flynn took to the stage to reminisce about their long-running comedy and, as these things tend to do, the attention finally went turned towards a possible reboot involving the original. cast and crew.

“I think we all kinda want it,” Faison said. “We would all love to work together again. It’s really difficult. It can’t be a full season of a show. It would have to be a movie or something like that. […] This guy [Bill Lawrence] will never be free again.

Lawrence is currently the showrunner of “Ted Lasso,” which is preparing its third season for Apple TV+, and he’s also working on the revival of “Clone High.” In February, he signed a new overall contract with Warner Bros. TV, after announcing two new shows in development at Apple: “Bad Monkey” with Vince Vaughn and “Shrinking” with Jason Segel.

“We can’t do anything without the child prodigy here,” Zach Braff said of a potential revival. “But if he finds the time, [we would, too.]”

“We’re going to do it,” Flynn said, to cheers from the packed Paramount Theater crowd.

“We’re going to do it because we’re lucky people care,” Lawrence said. “If you’re lucky enough to be able to work with the people you love, go for it.”

The cast and creator were clear that nothing formal is in the works. “Scrubs” last aired in 2010, won two Emmys and was nominated twice for Outstanding Comedy Series. The series is available to stream in its entirety on Hulu, which was often encouraged during the 90-minute panel discussion hosted by Variety’s Michael Schneider.

“We all thought we were going to be canceled after a year,” Lawrence said, citing network executives’ skepticism of the comedy’s third episode, which hinged on a statistic that one in three patients admitted to a hospital will die there.

“I had to tell the network that the punch at the end was all three dead,” he said. Their response ? “’Can only one of them die?’ And I said, no, they all have to die. “Can they all be a little racist so we’re glad they’re dead?” No no.”

But the mix of humor and heart proved a hit with audiences and won a Peabody Award. The cast has remained close in the years since its end, including a late-night dinner in Austin before the Sunday morning reunion.

“It’s so special,” Chalke said. “We were talking last night about how we’re all still chasing him [in our other work.] It’s hard to replicate that experience.

“Scrubs” also endured with fans. Braff and Faison host a podcast where they recap episodes and invite guests including Lawrence, McGinley, and more to join them for select episodes. For Reyes, the podcast has proven to be particularly rewarding.

“Through this podcast, my kids started watching ‘Scrubs,'” she said. “And they like it. I’m cool now.

“Scrubs” is available to stream on Hulu.

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