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. [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!

J.D.: My man Turk, is getting it daily and nightly and ever so rightly! Ah! What up, dogg!
J.D.'s narration: Once every 4.2 seconds a man says something stupid that a woman hears and punishes him for... luckily, this wasn't one of those times.
Carla: What did you just say?
J.D.: "What up...dogg?"