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July 16, 2008 3:00 PM


SCRUBBING IN AT ABC (L-R) Neil Flynn, John C. McGinley, Donald Faison, Zach Braff, creator Bill Lawrence and Sarah Chalke discuss the future of "Scrubs."

3:00 p.m.: The "Scrubs" gang is about to take the stage. Let's all remember that the show is making the big jump to ABC this fall. On the panel: Neil Flynn, John C. McGinley, Donald Faison, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke and executive producer Bill Lawrence.

3:02 p.m.: Clip reel started. It's the same one shown at the upfronts. Nothing new.

3:04 p.m.: Mr. Lawrence says the show just finished wrapping an episode in the Bahamas. The Todd (played by Robert Maschio) is rumored to still be there, frolicking in his banana hammocks.

3:05 p.m.: Mr. Braff is wearing some sick shades. He's been referred to as "Smart Zach."

3:07 p.m.: Ms. Chalke has been doing a guest stint on CBS' "How I Met Your Mother." She doesn't know what the future holds over there.

3:07 p.m.: Is this the final season of the show? Mr. Lawrence says, "It is most likely [Mr.] Braff's final year on the show... The reason we won't say either way is because ... Stephen McPherson was very supportive of the show as being 'ER' as a comedy [through bringing in new characters]. 'Never say never' type situation." Wow, big block quote, relatively speaking.

3:09 p.m.: Mr. Braff said last year's season finale was judged as a series finale, but it was never meant to be. NBC marketed it as a finale because of the spectacle (an homage to "The Princess Bride"). Fans were pissed.

3:11 p.m.: Mr. Lawrence said the cast and crew were ready to film the last six episodes for a DVD release.

Mr. Braff on the future: "My sense is that this is my last year. I would love to come back and visit, definitely direct. Maybe even craft service."

3:11 p.m.: The show has been continually filming, and will be done shooting the upcoming season by Sept. 1.

3;14 p.m.: Finale of the show has been written for the last five years, Mr. Lawrence quips. They'll be changing pop-culture references and such. They apparently copied 90% of the show from "M*A*S*H" and J.D. will choke a chicken. Kidding! The end will be J.D. leaving the hospital and whether or not he will retain his relationships. (J.D. + Elliot FOREVER!)

3:18 p.m.: Medical stories on the show are exaggerated but true, says Mr. Lawrence. The lost-and-found box on the show was based on a real "ass box," full of things removed from patients' butts.

3:19 p.m.: The show will finally be in high-def!

3:21 p.m.: Courteney Cox has been tapped to guest star as the chief of medicine for three episodes. Mr. Lawrence said he would love to have her back in a heartbeat. (He worked on the first season of "Friends.")

3:24 p.m.: Mr. Lawrence on the DVDs: They are really meant for the fans. They try to add more extras. Mr. Braff will deliver the first 1,000 personally, on horseback. Sign us up!

3:25 p.m.: Mr. Lawrence takes a shot at Reveille, the studio behind "The Office" and its spinoff. He pretends he's clueless about the whole situation. Right!

3:27 p.m.: Turk without J.D.? For a show like that to happen, Turk's storyline would have to take a "Frasier" approach, changing it up and whatnot. Mr. Flynn: If Zach's gotta go, Donald's gotta go!

3:29 p.m.: The premise for the Bahamas episode is Janitor's wedding! He invites 700 people on three days' notice to get all the gifts. J.D. convinces everyone to go, and a real wedding breaks out. Plenty of girls in bikinis and The Todd in banana hammocks.

3:31 p.m.: The deal behind "Scrubs'" Web episodes: Since the show is already wrapping shooting, ABC has given the show the go-ahead to use the Web episodes as promotional Web material before the season premiere.

3:32 p.m.: Janitor's name will not be revealed in the wedding episode. When the name does drop, that's when the show is over. That's always been Mr. Lawrence's plan.

3:34 p.m.: Mr. Flynn feels his Janitor character is not necessarily mean. He just feels everyone has better jobs than he does. Welcome to Defensive City—Population: Janitor.

3:35 p.m.: Mr. Lawrence cast himself in Janitor's wedding as the preacher who performs the ceremony.

3:36 p.m: "Great time and scary time" for network TV, Mr. Lawrence said. Reality vs. scripted fare. Digital consumption. Mr. Braff feels this is the year "Scrubs" will be a hit!

3:37 p.m.: Ms. Chalke says her character has evolved into wearing pretty heels and outfits. She is currently wearing a shiny pink dress and looking fierce. Mr. Lawrence tells us she came right off the set as is.

3:39 p.m.: The biggest asset on the show is Neil Flynn's improvisational skills, Mr. Lawrence says. The script has actually said, "Neil Flynn says something funny here."

3:40 p.m.: Mr. Lawrence has a framed note from Standards & Practices talking about the appearance of the word "ass" in a script he did for "Spin City." Citing the numerous instances, the letter asked him to "please pick his 'ass.'"

And we're done.

P.S.: The cast came down the stairs and reporters rushed to follow them with recorders in hand. Next time I'm petitioning that I get to be one of those reporters. Live-blogging is fun and all, but can you really take up everyone's time to ask Mr. Braff how he gets his hair to look like that? Didn't think so.

—Sergio Ibarra

(Updated: 1 a.m.)


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