Like so many (failed) attempts before it, ABC is trying to keep "Scrubs" going for at least another season despite losing the show's lead actor, Zach Braff.
The show is actually getting completely retooled (see article below) and there are plans to bring Braff - as well as other departed cast members - back for a handful episodes in the upcoming season nine.
There is a long documented history of this kind of move NOT working out well (see: "Spin City" and "That 70's Show" among others) but I think if you were going to try it, you would have to totally revamp the series and give it a fresh spin - like the "Scrubs" producers are trying to do.
I still have my reservations, but I like Turk and Dr. Cox so I will at least give it a couple of weeks to get off the ground.
"'Scrubs' will be getting some new blood behind the camera as it makes the transition to a new setup this season.
Josh Bycel, who's written for 'Psych', 'American Dad' and 'Andy Barker, P.I', among other shows, is joining the veteran ABC comedy as an executive producer, Variety reports. He'll also be co-showrunner alongside creator Bill Lawrence.
Bycel effectively replaces exec producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, who have moved on to NBC's 'Community', and will help oversee the show while Lawrence also gets the new comedy 'Cougar Town' off the ground.
'Scrubs' is moving away from its hospital setting for its ninth season and is instead expected to focus on a medical school where Turk (Donald Faison) and Cox (John C. McGinley) are teaching. Zach Braff has left the regular cast but will appear in several episodes, and Sarah Chalke, Judy Reyes and Ken Jenkins are likely to guest as well.
ABC is also looking for a big name to help round out the cast. The network has ordered 18 episodes of the show for next season; it's set to premiere in late fall."