The Caveat: The Sitcom Will Have a Shorter 18-Episode Season
Ha! The New York Times and other naysayers got it all wrong last week because Friday brought extra special good news for fans of NBC’s long-running zany hospital sitcom Scrubs. After increasing speculation that the struggling network—currently dead last in the ratings among the four major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC)—might forego renewing the expensive single-camera comedy and instead pass it along to ABC, which has twice offered to provide the series with a new small-screen home, NBC did the wise thing and coughed up approval for another season, the show’s seventh.
High salaries and a reduction from a traditional 22–24 episodes to only 18 aside, Scrubs continues to deliver for faithful viewers who especially appreciate the fact that the show still sports the same original players that it featured in the October 2, 2001, premiere “My First Day.” Fans can now rest assured that when the series does end—and it most likely will after this season—the cast and crew will receive a respectful and proper send off, just like they deserve.
In other NBC pre-upfront news, the network also picked up the one-hour drama Lipstick Jungle, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by popular author Candace Bushnell, whose work inspired HBO’s megahit Sex and the City, as well. The one-hour drama stars former Calvin Klein teen model-turned-actress Brooke Shields and both Kim Raver and Julian Sands of 24.
NBC’s upfront presentation to advertisers is scheduled for today, May 14, in New York City, at which time the network will formally reveal its roster of new and continuing series for the 2007–2008 time frame.
Scrubs‘ special one-hour 6th-season finale airs Thursday, May 17, at 9pm EST on NBC
Scrubs photo courtesy of NBC