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07/23/2008 04:46 PM ID: 72219 Permalink   

Zach "JD" Braff Leaving Scrubs


Zach Braff, the actor who plays Doctor John 'JD' Dorian in the popular medical comedy Scrubs is leaving the show at the end of the eighth season. Braff did leave the door open to returning as a guest star or possibly a director.

Both creator Bill Lawrence and ABC spokesman Stephen McPherson claim there is a future for Scrubs beyond the departure of the character whose voiceover has been a huge part of the show.

"The end of the show will be about JD leaving the hospital. When you leave, it's about holding on to your relationships... You can't kill this show," said Lawrence.

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This source didn't have it but Lawrence said that when you hear the real name of the janitor the series is finished. Apparently there have been two different finales shot for season 8.
  by: ixuzus     07/23/2008 04:47 PM     
How is he going to return as a guest star when the show is being cancelled at the end of this season? What is there to guest as when there's no show?
  by: captainchainsaw   07/23/2008 05:31 PM     
Season 7 is over, it's season 8 that Zach is leaving after but that doesn't necessarily mean that the series will end at the same time. Season 8 is rumored to be shown on ABC during the 2008-2009 season with the possibility of future seasons if it continues to do well.
  by: liqkhaos   07/23/2008 07:09 PM     
  This is horrible news  
I watch very little television and this is my favorite show.
  by: princessisout   07/23/2008 08:04 PM     
  Good Riddance  
Other than the musical artist he introduces to the show Braf is the weakest link. JD is an abusive, self centered jerk. All of the rest of the cast is brilliant. This show will be all the better for his replacement.
  by: alaric3   07/23/2008 09:00 PM     
My friends keep refering to me as
Jan I Tor.
Dorian your blood will be sweet.
  by: alaric3   07/23/2008 09:01 PM     
this is still on the air? maybe I should watch it. Its ok.
  by: Trevelyan   07/23/2008 09:12 PM     

How is Zach Braff the weakest cast member? He is the center of the show and the entire show is based on his life? Sure his character is annoying, but that's how they wrote the show.
  by: ZCT     07/24/2008 12:00 AM     
There is a bit of a tendency of America to flog a dead horse. Or otherwise exploit a once good idea to death until every single penny has been squeezed from it.

Scrubs was a good show, but there is only so far you can take it. My understanding is that Zach wanted to do a final season with a proper finale. This might have already happened but the writers strike messed up those plans.

But I don't see how dragging it out beyond the eighth season would be helpful to anyone. I think it is good that he is walking away before the show jumps the shark.

Let's hope they bring the show to a natural conclusion here and try and come up with something new. Continuing Scrubs without the main character would be stupid.
  by: ZCT     07/24/2008 12:03 AM     
He's the support. He is Scrubs. Without JD and Turk running around the humor will be gone. Without his interactions with the Janitor there....well to sum it up: the show doesn't stand a chance if he leaves.

I love the other characters so much but Zach Braff's character JD is the glue that holds the show together. Everything comes back to him. I'm afraid that it just will not work.
  by: lolcats   07/24/2008 03:14 AM     
Didn't he say the same thing about the end of season 7 being his last a year or two back?
  by: tantryl   07/24/2008 07:46 AM     
I think he had planned on the last season being the last, but then the writers strike left the show in limbo and the cast wanted to do a final season so it could have a proper ending. That was my understanding.
  by: ZCT     07/24/2008 07:58 AM     
  @ tantryl  
Isnt this like the third time he said he was leaving so he could start directing movies?

Anywho, this show was only good in the first four seasons, but after that it became very redundant and they made JD's character wayyyy too weird.
  by: zepfan109   07/24/2008 10:40 AM     
  Remember 70s show?  
Same thing; when Topher Grace "Eric" left the show... it just wasn't the same.
  by: i need $   07/24/2008 08:16 PM     
  outrageous !  
what is scrubs without JD !
im watching scrubs while
typing this comment !
outrageous i tell you !
scrubs without JD
is like ... mmm
a teenage asian without his dota !
it just cant happen !

im asian btw.. no racist intended
days without dota : 5
  by: baozytools   07/31/2008 04:49 PM     
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