Here’s the assortment of television news that you’ve all been dying to hear. First: Zach Braff, stealing the thunder from the show’s creator, Bill Lawrence (because Braff is douchey like that), announced over on his blog or his Facebook page or Myspace or some Internet space, that “Scrubs” won’t be back next year. What’s it called when someone pokes their finger in your ass during sex play? Ah, yes: A shocker. Braff writes, “”Many of you have asked, so here it is: it appears that “New Scrubs”, “Scrubs 2.0”, “Scrubs with new kids”, “Scrubbier”, “Scrubs without JD” is no more. It was worth a try, but alas… it didn’t work.”
Not a surprise. No one was watching it, in part because barely anyone knew when it was on. I only managed to finish the series because episodes kept showing up on my DVR. There wasn’t any send off of any sort (I believe in the last episode, Turk decided to be Cole’s mentor), so we can all just go on believing that “Scrubs” ended last season, with Ted singing “Hey Ya!”
In other television news, I don’t think that Steven has made this announcement yet, but “Doctor Who” has been picked up for a sixth season. And yes: That’s before the fifth season has even aired. The new Doctor, Matt Smith, is signed on for three years, so he’s obviously coming back, as is new showrunner Steven Moffat. And just a reminder: “Doctor Who” premieres April 3 on BBC and April 17 on BBC America.
Elsewhere, Christian Slater is going to try yet another television series (I presume this means that “The Unforgotten” has blessedly been shitcanned). It will be his third in three years. He’s signed on to an untitled Adam Goldberg comedy pilot. Presumably that’s the same Adam Goldberg who is still best known for his role on “Friends” as Chandler’s insane roommate (also, the guy who Seth kind of hates — I think it had something to do with attending the same high school). The comedy is about a team of twentysomething geniuses who crack security systems; Slater will play the charismatic renegade who runs the Titan Team, a gruff ex-military misanthrope with a checkered past.
I hope it gets picked up for pilot, so that Slater can pull the cancellation hat trick.
There’s also this: Kevin Kline has signed on to an HBO series about a cardiac surgeon who served 15 years in the clink after murdering his mistress. The series will pick up after his release from prison and follow him as he attempts to put the pieces of his life back together again. I love anything that gives Kevin Kline work. Also, he’s 62. And if you’re a huge fan of Kline, well, that probably makes you old. (H/T Cindy).
I’d be remiss if I also didn’t include this small note: John Larroquette is set to co-star opposite Jason Isaacs on the Fox drama pilot “Pleading Guilty,” a legal thriller based on Scott Turow’s book “Guilty.” It chronicles the embezzlement, bookmaking, offshore banking, and politics of a high-powered law firm. It centers on Mack (Isaacs), a cop-turned-attorney. Larroquette will play the patrician managing partner of the firm. Larroquette, of course, should always play a slimy attorney, because that’s what he does best.