Live-Blogging ABC's 'Scrubs' Presentation
July 16, 2008 3:00 PM
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.
(Updated: 1 a.m.)