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Early Return for Scrubs
2006-10-25 13:09
by Jon Weisman

NBC has announced that Scrubs will return to the air Nov. 30, rather than in January, airing at 9 p.m. Thursdays. Struggling 30 Rock will move in behind Scrubs, setting up an old-school comedy block kicked off by My Name Is Earl and The Office.

It's not an enviable time slot for Scrubs, opposite Grey's Anatomy and CSI, but it's doubtful NBC has expectations of knocking off those two shows.

2006-10-25 13:18:55
1.   Benaiah
Does that mean that Scrubs will get sympathy points, or is it just a sacrificial lamb. My Name is Earl isn't as good as I hoped it would be, but I do like a lineup of 4 straight single camera no laughtrack comedies. Grey's and CSI meanwhile continue to be terrible.
2006-10-25 13:36:22
2.   Jon Weisman
Scrubs is all but for sure in its last season, so I wouldn't worry about that. I think NBC is trying to counterprogram with comedy, and there are worse ideas.
2006-10-25 14:15:09
3.   Benaiah
2 - Yeah, with Zach Braff all but saying he is out, NBC delaying its premere and last season's dramatic mood shift (the show seemed to become more of a cartoon farce and less of a daydreamy comedy) I think you are probably right.

By the way, my favorite Scrubs moment ever is when JD in one of his voice over monologues is talking about how sometimes it seems like doctors are playing a constant game against death, and then they show JD and Death playing Connect Four.
JD: "Diagonal, pretty sneaky Death."

2006-10-25 15:09:25
4.   Sospiro0
non scrubs question: What does everyone, or anyone, think of Dexter? I've watched the first few episode and enjoy it very much.
2006-10-25 15:17:11
5.   D4P
Grey's Anatomy: is that the show where they take the lives of JD, Eliot, Dr. Cox, etc. and put them in a TV show...?

As much as I prefer the early years of Scrubs and the early JD over the more recent, ambiguously-gay JD, I still have to admit that the latter can be pretty funny at times.

2006-10-25 16:39:20
6.   Benaiah
5 - The show was definately better before, but it is still very funny.
2006-10-25 19:05:37
7.   Greg Brock
4 I've really enjoyed the first few episodes of Dexter. I'm a huge Michael C. Hall fan from his SFU days, and the show has a really quirky and dark vibe to it. It has some weaknesses, but I can see the show tightening up and becoming a very good program.
2006-10-25 23:42:25
8.   overkill94
I must admit that I only started watching Scrubs during its recent inclusion as re-run fodder on Comedy Central. Color me impressed because I really like this show. There are at least a handful of laugh-out-loud clever dialogue moments every episode to go along with the constantly heartwarming plot lines. How many seasons have there been, 4? 5?

By the way, Studio 60 is now dead to me, Monday's episode did me in. What's worse is how I went over to imdb's forums and there are people proclaiming that episode to be one of the best moments on TV in history and acting like you're not intelligent if you don't like this show.

2006-10-26 09:10:18
9.   D4P
There have been 5 seasons of Scrubs. Most viewers note a significant change in the tone and nature of the show from the first 3 seasons to the 4th and 5th. It's still funny, but it has changed quite a bit. There's much more physical humor now, and virtually everthing JD says now is girlie/gay sounding. Not that there's anything wrong with that, and he's still funny, but he's a very different character than he used to be and he has become very one-dimensional.
2006-10-26 09:27:41
10.   Jon Weisman
9 - Actually, you're the only viewer I've seen make those comments. I read articles about Scrubs and have written about it a number of times, and am not sure anyone else has said what you just said.

The show has always had physical humor, and I think you are really overplaying the discussion of J.D.'s sexuality. His bond with Turk has always been loving, however platonic. I have re-watched the first couple of seasons on DVD and the character has been consistent throughout - he might be goofier, but his fundamental freeness was always there.

As for his becoming more one-dimensional, are you suggesting that all he does is sound girlie and that he has not had deeper emotions in recent seasons? I simply don't think that's true.

I'm not saying seasons 4 and 5 were the best years of Scrubs, but I do disagree with your interpretation of what happened. Which is fine - I would just want to see more evidence for your "most viewers" citation.

2006-10-26 15:48:12
11.   CanuckDodger
10 -- Actually, Jon, I agree with D4P about J.D.'s "girliness" being played up more in Season 5. That thought occcurred to me often while watching Season 5 episodes -- but I didn't object to it at all. Quite the opposite. J.D. is hilarious when he is acting "unmanly."

Unfortunately, Scrubs' fifth season, while still "good," was the weakest season yet, but because the scripts were weaker overall, not because of J.D.'s lack of masculinity.

And did anyone else notice that there wasn't a single reference to Turk being a diabetic is Season 5? It is not like Type 2 diabetes goes away. When they introduced that storyline I thought it was absurd because Turk doesn't have an ounce of fat on him and is a lot younger than the age at which people usually get Type 2 diabetes (unless they are morbidly obese), but to just forget about having taken a character in such a life-changing direction is pretty lame. The least they could have done is refrain from showing Turk eating sugary foods.

2006-10-26 17:05:25
12.   Jon Weisman
11 - This could be a semantics thing, but I think there's a difference between saying that J.D.'s girliness was "played up" and saying that "he's a very different character." The first one, I can agree with.

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