- Click your remotes together three times and repeat after me, “I will give this new season of ‘Scrubs’ a chance. I will give this new season of ‘Scrubs’ a chance. I will give this new season of ‘Scrubs’ a chance.”
I can’t hear you. Don’t think I won’t come to your house to get you to make this pledge.
It would be easy to dismiss the ninth season of “Scrubs,” which premieres with back-to-back episodes tomorrow night at 9 p.m. on ABC, and be totally snarky about it. After all, we all watched what we certainly thought was the very fitting series finale last May.
Now a show that was continually threatened with cancellation while it was on NBC is back. And because I always thought “Scrubs” was one of the best comedies on TV, I was committed to giving the episodes a chance. Executive producer Bill Lawrence address fans concerns head on almost immediately. “Part of me hates how familiar this seems,” J.D. (Zach Braff) says.
The series moves to a whole new setting, with Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley), Dr. Kelso (Ken Jenkins), J.D. (Zach Braff) and Turk (Donald Faison) teaching medical school. Faison and McGinley are series regulars, which is fantastic since I’ve long thought Dr. Cox is one prime time TV’s best characters. Braff is slated to appear in about half of the episodes this season (he’ll be in both episodes Tuesday night) and Jenkins, Robert Maschio (the Todd), Sarah Chalke (Elliot), Sam Lloyd (Ted), and other familiar faces will continue to pop up from time to time.
Eliza Coupe who was introduced last season as tough-talking Denise is also back along with three new medical students (read series regulars): naive Lucy (Kerry Bishé), spoiled rich kid Cole (Dave Franco) and Dr. Cox’s new favorite student Drew (Michael Mosley).
I’m not going to lie to you. As happy as I was to see my old friends, the first episode feels a little weird. Sure the theme song has been re-recorded and every episode title starts off with “Our” in the title instead of “My” as in “Our First Day of School.” But there was part of me that just thought, “What are all these new people doing on ‘Scrubs?'”
By the second episode, when the narration switches from J.D. to Lucy, I was more used to this brand new world of “Scrubs” and able to just go with the flow.
Here’s what I liked:
1.In the opening seconds, we learn some very happy news about J.D. and Elliot, which should make long time fans smile.
2.There is a reprise of one of the songs from the “Scrubs” musical episode. Such good times.
3.I’m so happy the Todd is back and still delivering the hilarious one liners
4.I think the new setting could work. It’s fun to see characters we know in a totally different environment.
5.It’s great to see Dr. Cox decide that he now has a new favorite student and Mosley’s Drew is definitely a great foil for Dr. Cox’s attention.
Here’s what I’m concerned about:
1.I’m not convinced that Bishe will be a protagonist I can rally behind. I don’t know if I’ll take to her as a narrator or if I’ll enjoy her flights of fancy as much. It just seems a little odd to have another character with such a vivid imagination.
2.I’m not sure the show will work in the episodes Braff isn’t in. In the first two, he’s still the heart and soul of the series.
But the episodes definitely made me laugh and I liked more than I didn’t like, so I’m going to stick with the ninth season of Scrubs. Three and a half stars. After you’ve watched the episodes Tuesday night, definitely let me know what you think.
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Standard Time for November 30- December 6
Joshua Malina, who has been one of my favorite actors ever since “Sports Night,” guest stars as the patient of the week on “House” (Monday, FOX, 8 p.m.). He’ll play a friend of Wilson’s so we’ll get to see much more of Wilson at work and what his life is like.
I’m finding it a little stressful that there are only two new episodes of “Glee” (Wednesday, FOX, 9 p.m.) left before the show goes on hiatus until April. This so-called “Fall Finale” came out of nowhere. I can only hope that Will finally figures out that Terri has been faking her pregnancy before the show heads out on its long winter’s nap. This week, Rachel is determined to get the Glee Club into the yearbook.
So how are we feeling about the whole Brennan and Booth situation on “Bones” (Thursday, FOX, 8 p.m.). I kind of like that the show is addressing the potential romance head on – Booth is aware of his feelings even if Brennan remains oblivious. But I do kind of feel like they may have written themselves into a corner. I kind of see the pair getting together in series finale and that could be a long way off. There will only be so many ways to keep them apart until then. Oh and for all of you who said that Hodgins needs a better story line, I so agree. Ever since he broke up with Angela, we haven’t seen nearly enough of him. This week, the team investigates the murder of a man who received a perfect score in a video game.
Sherri Shepherd is back as Tracy’s wife on “30 Rock” (Thursday, NBC, 9:30 p.m.) and Liz films her first “Deal Breakers” episode.
It was a little traumatizing to see Reverend Camden playing Addison’s philandering dad, wasn’t it? He’ll be back this Thursday when ABC airs two back-to-back episodes of “Private Practice” (Thursday, ABC, 9 p.m.). We’ll also meet Addison’s mom played by Jo Beth Williams.
Benjamin Bratt is back as Detective Rey Curtis on “Law & Order” this Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
I have to admit I was disappointed by how quickly “Ugly Betty” wrapped up two major story lines. After building them up all season long, it took Daniel about two seconds to get out of a cult and Wilhelmina figured out her daughter’s master plan in about the same amount of time. Story lines like these deserve a bigger pay off. This week the show heads to the Bahamas with guest stars Shakira and Christie Brinkley. Look for Matt Newton (Becky Newton’s real life brother) as a new love interest for Marc. The Betty/Matt/Amanda love triangle will also be front and center Friday at 9 p.m. on ABC.
I know it’s so easy to sit on my couch and criticized the contestants on “The Amazing Race” when I know for a fact I wouldn’t last long on such a grueling schedule. But still I cannot believe that Big Easy gave up on the road block when it came with a four hour penalty. It seems that it would have made more sense to try to solve the word scramble in those four hours because you would have time to go through every possible permutation. Mostly I’m disappointed because they were the team I was rooting for – they played the game with a lot of dignity and kindness plus they were always amusing to watch. Now I’ll root for Meghan and Cheyne, who seem to have a really lovely relationship (a true rarity in the world of reality TV) even if they are kind of boring. Who will you be rooting for in the season finale of “The Amazing Race 15” (Sunday, CBS, 8 p.m.)?
Do you ever wonder of the writers of “Desperate Housewives” have amnesia? Because they change the entire personality of characters from episode to episode to suit their plot needs. I don’t really believe Carlos would be this awful to Lynette. He’s a successful business man with two children who knows what it’s like to need a job. Let’s not forget that last season he was blind and working as a massage therapist. I haven’t believed all season that Katherine would go crazy because Mike broke up with her (to recap, she survived the death of her daughter and her husband but can’t survive a bad break up). This Sunday (9 p.m. on ABC) is the big episode we’ve been hearing about for awhile. A plane crashes on Wisteria Lane and, if you believe the rumors, three characters will die.
Maybe it’s because I can’t think of Fritz doing anything wrong, but I really don’t want to believe that Nora’s new boyfriend is up to no good on “Brothers & Sisters” (Sunday, ABC, 10 p.m.). These are the last new episodes of 2009 for both “Desperate Housewives” and “Brothers & Sisters” so I would expect some big cliffhangers on Sunday night.
That’s all for today. I’m back on Friday to talk about the series finale of “Monk,” the season finale of “White Collar” and the return of “Dollhouse.” I’ll also have two weeks worth of familiar faces and quotes of the week. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week or a topic for discussion? Write me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org follow me on Twitter. Have a great week. Talk to you next Friday.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal