For a majority of last season, Scrubs was planning to say goodbye in May. It even aired one of the best finales in recent memory.
But the show received a surprising ninth season pick up, one that forced creator Bill Lawrence to devise a new premise for the sitcom.
With series regulars such as Zach Braff only making the occasional appearance, Lawrence came up with a new plan: Dr. Cox and Dr. Turk would take charge in a new medical school setting.
Earlier this week, Lawrence expounded on his plans for season nine during an interview with TV critic Alan Sepinwall. We've recapped the highlights below:
- The new, uncast female lead, Lucy, will narrate;
- Denise (Eliza Coupe, pictured with Braff) will grow close to Turk;
- A new lecture hall has been constructed on set, in which Cox will often lecture students;
- A year has gone by between the May finale and season nine premiere;
- Lawrence is "trying to find a laconic Bill Murray type of guy who can stand up to Dr. Cox" for the new male lead.