Last winter NBC announced that they would not be picking up Scrubs for an eighth season. When a bizarre fantasy world episode concluded the season that was shortened by the writers' strike, fans were left with a bad taste in their mouths. Could this really be the end of the fun dramedy that we had grown to love?

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Slowly, the rumors began to circle that the actors had been asked to come back to work to make more episodes. Die-hards held out hope, and it became a reality when ABC announced that they would be airing a new season of Scrubs in January 2009. ABC Studios has actually produced the show since it began back in 2001, but NBC bought the rights to air it for the first seven seasons. When NBC made known that they would be canceling the show, ABC began mulling over their options. They realized that they had an open spot in their line-up for sitcoms after the failures of Cavemen and Carpoolers, so ABC jumped at the opportunity and signed up the cast and crew for 18 episodes to begin airing Tuesday night at 9/8c.

What can Scrubs fans expect for the new season? The main cast is for the most part all back. Zach Braff returns as J.D., Donald Faison is Turk, Judy Reyes plays Carla, and Sarah Chalke is back as Elliot. Many of the supporting characters return as well, including the Janitor, Ted, and the irrepressible Dr. Cox. One key difference will be that the character Dr. Kelso will be retiring from his post as Chief of Medicine at Sacred Heart, although the show creators have hinted he may drop in from time to time. Perhaps the biggest news is that Courteney Cox will be appearing as the new Chief of Medicine for a three episode arc starting tonight. Other new characters include four new interns. The actors are no-names, although you may recognize Todd Bosley as one of the kids from the 1994 movie Little Giants. These four have shot some "webisodes," available at the ABC site, about their first few days at Sacred Heart, and from what I have seen so far they are pretty funny.

So is Scrubs back for good? The answer to that is not as clear. It would certainly seem that Scrubs as we know it is done after this spring. Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Judy Reyes, and show creator Bill Lawrence have all stated that this will be their last season. Lawrence said that he really wanted to give the fans some closure after the somewhat disappointing, strike-shortened season, and that he hopes to provide that over the next 18 episodes. There is still speculation that ABC will continue the show with the cast members that they can resign and their new crew of interns, but we will have to wait and see.

With that in mind, let's enjoy the new season…Scrubs is back!

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Story by Kevin Olsta

Starpulse contributing writer