May 16, 2009

ABC giving ‘Scrubs’ a ninth season

The hospital comedy series Scrubs, along with star Zach Braff, will be back on ABC for another season, the U.S. TV network says.

ABC officially confirmed Friday it is bringing back the show for a ninth season with Braff signed on for six episodes in the new season.

The Hollywood Reporter said Braff, who has been the star of the series since its inception, will help transition the comedy to a new focus.

Specific details regarding the forthcoming set-up for the medical sitcom were not reported.

Also returning to Scrubs, which aired on NBC for its first seven seasons, are series regulars Donald Faison, John C. McGinley and Neil Flynn.

Actress Sarah Chalke, whose character is the love interest of Braff's lead, reportedly has been asked to remain with the series, but her return is still in question.

The Reporter said actress Judy Reyes, who has played Scrubs nurse Carla Espinosa for eight seasons, may return as a guest star.