ABC renews 'Scrubs'

Braff back for six episodes; Chalke return uncertain

It’s official -- ABC on Friday renewed veteran comedy “Scrubs” for a ninth season.

The move comes on the heels of producing studio ABC Studios locking in most of the main cast members who had no deals beyond the current eighth season, the show’s first on ABC after a seven-year run on NBC.

Star Zach Braff is set to come back for six episodes to transition the show to its new set-up.

It us understood that Sarah Chalke has been approached with a similar deal, but it's not clear if she will be rejoining the series. (Chalke has a recurring role on another comedy, CBS' "How I Met Your Mother.")

Donald Faison, John C. McGinley and Neil Flynn have all closed deals to continue as regulars in second position to their pilots. Faison and Flynn co-star in hot ABC pilots, "The Law," which is already unofficially staffing, and "The Middle," respectively. McGinley is on CBS' drama pilot "Back."

Meanwhile, Judy Reyes has not been approached for a deal but may appear as a guest star. On Friday night, it wasn’t clear if "Scrubs" would continue as a single-camera comedy or would switch to a multi-camera format or a hybrid single/multi set-up.

ABC and creator Bill Lawrence had said they envision the show continuing with a mix of original cast members and some of the interns introduced this past season.
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