NBC’s comedy “Scrubs” won’t return to TV this fall, but it will in 2006.
Comedy Central has picked up the cult show for a syndication run that will begin in fall 2006. The cable channel has picked up the rights to the first five seasons — including the 2005-06 run, which will likely debut at midseason.
“We’re thrilled to have ‘Scrubs’ join the network,” says David Bernath, head of programming at Comedy Central. “It is a very funny show with a great cast. Not many off-network sitcoms fit our brand, and this one fits perfectly.”
The network with “Comedy” in its title currently has no traditional sitcoms on its schedule, and its original shows don’t follow any traditional formula either.
Of course, neither does “Scrubs.” The single-camera series about young doctors (Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke) relies more on visual jokes, quick dialogue and thrown-away lines more than the setup-punchline formula of traditional sitcoms.
The series has been nominated for five Emmys during its time on NBC, and Braff scored a Golden Globe nomination this year for his portrayal of John “J.D.” Dorian.