ABC in talks to renew Scrubs

Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:40am EDT
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The doctors might still be in.

ABC is in talks to renew the veteran comedy "Scrubs" for a ninth season with some or all of the original cast members coming back full- or part-time.

The network is going over the proposed budget for next season with series producer ABC Studios.

"Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence, busy editing his ABC comedy pilot "Cougar Town," is said to be deeply involved in the renewal talks as well as in the discussions with the cast, who don't have deals beyond the show's current eighth season.

Last summer, Lawrence and ABC chief Stephen McPherson indicated that they were looking into a way to keep "Scrubs" going with new cast members, a la NBC's revolving-door medical drama "ER." This season, the show integrated a new crop of interns.

Talks are under way with the original cast members -- including Zach Braff, Donald Faison, John C. McGinley and Neil Flynn -- regarding ways to bring them back, possibly as recurring characters rather than regulars, as in the case of , who are co-starring on pilots.

In its debut season on ABC after seven years on NBC, "Scrubs" has been a modest performer at 8 p.m. Wednesday. But it has helped launch the new comedy "Better Off Ted," with both series enjoying critical praise, strong support at the network and talk about extending the pairing into next season.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

<p>Actors Donald Faison (L) and Zach Braff (C), two of the stars of the comedy series "Scrubs", and executive producer Bill Lawrence take part in a panel discussion at the Disney ABC Television Group summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California July 16, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>