Faison On ‘Scrubs’: “It Really Is A New Show”



“It really is a new show,” says actor Donald Faison, describing ABC’s overhauled comedy ‘Scrubs,’ which will kick off its ninth season with a retooled cast and tweaked story arcs Tuesday at 9 p.m.

For his part, Faison says the decision to return full time to his character, Dr. Christopher Turk — series co-star Zach Braff is only a part-timer now — didn’t require a lot of hand-wringing.

“Uh, no, there was no hesitation,” he told Fancast while conducting a brief phone interview Monday morning alongside new cast member Dave Franco. “Turk is one of those guys you do until it’s over. I don’t kind being like Kelsey Grammer. I think he did that same character for 20 years.”

For its part, this year’s ‘Scrubs’ will be a series in transition, with Braff’s J.D. moving into the role of professor (he’ll do six episodes). Braff will still provide narration, but Kerry Bishe (who plays intern Lucy) will increasingly assume that role, as the younger cast members begin to make their mark on a series that is no longer being run by creator Bill Lawrence (who now spends his days on the set of ‘Cougar Town.’)

“I know that Bill Lawrence really wants to promote this as a new show,” Franco says. “If he could have changed the title, he would have. But it still has the same vibe and the same feeling.”

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