Zach Braff used to star in the comedy series “Scrubs,” which ran from 2001 to 2010 on NBC, and then later on ABC. Since leaving television, the actor, writer and director has done mostly independent films. In promoting his latest movie, “Wish I Was Here,” Braff said that he intends to return to the small screen soon. This time, he will team up with “Scrubs” creator. Read on for the details.
Speaking with The Independent, Braff revealed that he is currently cooking a new comedy series with producer Bill Lawrence. The two have worked together for nine seasons on “Scrubs,” which Lawrence created for NBC. The show was a critic favorite, but with network changes and the writers’ strike in 2008, its chances of staying on the air longer was hampered.
The 39-year old actor said that although he’s not certain about the details of this new show yet, such as when production will actually begin, the plan with Lawrence would be to pitch the new comedy series to Netflix or cable. Having done network TV for so long, Braff noted that he no longer wants to do 22 to 24 episodes, the standard for a comedy series on broadcast networks within a season. He said that with Netflix or cable, doing eight to twelve episodes per season would be enough.
A year ago, Braff noted, he wasn’t even thinking about going back to television.
“But in a year all that’s changed. When you click on your Apple TV, I laugh at myself, I constantly catch myself clicking on TV [over film] now. I’d much rather get addicted to a series,” said the actor in the interview published on Independent. He cited that new series are being made more today, instead of new films, observing that there have been less and less people going to the cinema.
Going through Kickstarter, in fact, funded Braff’s latest movie, which was released in movie houses this September. As an independent producer, the actor had a hard time coming up funds for production in Hollywood, and he said that the situation would still get worse.
Lawrence, in the meantime, has pressed on with TV business since “Scrubs” was canceled. He’s currently running “Cougar Town,” “Ground Floor” and “Undateable” under his Doozer production company.
We’ll keep tabs on news about this new comedy from Zach Braff and Bill Lawrence, who last worked together on “Scrubs.” Keep checking back to Movie News Guide (MNG) for the updates.
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