Scrubs Creator Details New Premise, Characters

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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.

Denise and J.D.

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.

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Scrubs Quotes

J.D.: Hey, I heard a great joke. A guy walks into a dentist's office and says, "I think I'm a moth." And the dentist says, "Well, if you think you're a moth, why are you at a dentist's office?"
J.D.'s narration: Oh, no, I forgot the punchline... You can't bail out now! Stall! Stall!
J.D.: ...So the moth says "That's a good question. What kind of dentist are you?" And the dentist says, "Well, I'm a general dentist, but I...I do dabble in orthodontry - braces and such." And... and the moth says, "Orthodontry? I hear there's great money in that."
J.D.'s narration: "The light was on"!
J.D.: "But! To answer your original question, which was, if I think I'm a moth, why am I in a dentist's office? The answer is, Because the light was on!" The light! The light, James. Moths love light. So, James, other than your funny bone being broken, what seems to be the problem?

J.D. [to Cox]: you won't admit this, but you're in love with Carla.
Carla: No, he's not.
Dr. Cox: Actually, I am.
Carla: You're starting again.
J.D.: And Carla, you're mad that Turk didn't trust you enough to tell you.
Turk: See? Trust, woman, trust!
J.D.: Whatever. The point is that Turk is sorry.
Turk: Not anymore!
Carla: I can't believe you thought he was a threat.
Dr. Cox: I'm a threat!
Carla: You're not in love with me, you idealize me.
J.D.: Can we just try and stay focused...
Turk: You're mad 'cause I'm scared of losing you?
Carla: Yes, because we're stronger than that!
Dr. Cox: Apparently not!