Zach Braff Declares SCRUBS Dead on Facebook; Trailer for Showtime’s THE BIG C Starring Laura Linney and Gabourey Sidibe

     March 24, 2010

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Two slices of TV news for you today.  First off: Be honest, did any of you really know that Scrubs was still on? If so, Zach Braff has some news for you, delivered via his Facebook feed [via THR]. Here’s what he had to say:

“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. zb”

Now, I was a loyal watcher of the first eight seasons, which were just lighter than air and just about perfect ensemble TV comedy,but the “New Scrubs,” or whatever you want to call ABC’s bizarre attempt at a ninth season transformation, has been not just unwatchable but even worse – instantly forgettable. If Braff is indeed right – and since the show has had only two new episodes since the end of  March, I’d imagine so – it’s an ignominious end for an often-brilliant show that should really have gone out last year with most of its original cast.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer for Showtime’s upcoming series, The Big C, starring Laura Linney and Gabourey Sidibe.

It certainly seems that every actor and director of note is getting in bed with HBO, but Showtime at least has Laura Linney and Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe starring in the upcoming show The Big C. And, judging from the long first trailer [via Movieline], they should have a darkly funny winner on their hands too.

Linney, who I’ll watch in just about anything, stars as a suburban wife, mother and school teacher who finds out she has cancer and declares, among other things, that she’s now only eating “desserts and liquor.” Sidibe plays one of her students, and Oliver Platt is in this too as her husband. The show itself is scheduled to hit Showtime.on Aug. 16 at 10:30 p.m., wisely following Weeds.

Check out the trailer below if for no other reason than to hear Linney implore Sidibe not to become the big – or actually smaller – B. Yes really.

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