April 4, 2008

‘Scrubs’ is Done at NBC but Not Necessarily Dead

By Rick Porter

By Rick Porter

NBC confirmed on Wednesday that "Scrubs" will end its seven- season run on the network in May. Which doesn't necessarily mean the show is going away for good.

It's widely expected that "Scrubs" will end up on ABC next season, given that it's produced by the network's Disney brother ABC Studios and network entertainment chief Stephen McPherson helped develop the show back when he ran the studio. Recent reports have said a deal with ABC is near completion; ABC will announce its schedule in mid-May.

NBC boss Ben Silverman managed to get in a diss of ABC in noting that following its season finale in May, "Scrubs" will be a free agent. "If they can go 1-for-21, good for them," Silverman said, referring to ABC's less-than-stellar recent record at developing comedy hits.

Also, next season will be the final one for "ER." The show, once the top-rated series on television, was to have ended this spring, but the writers' strike led NBC to re-evaluate that idea and bring the show back for a 15th-season swan song. The season will air without repeats, beginning in the fall and running straight through 18 to 22 episodes, which would put the finale somewhere in February or March 2009.

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