Strike Puts 'Scrubs' in a Bind

"Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence has said that he knows how he wants the show to end. The question now is whether he'll get a chance to put his ideas on film.

Lawrence says he turned down a request to write an alternate ending to the series prior to the writers' strike. With the strike entering its second week and no signs of negotiations restarting anytime soon, that means the show and its fans could face an abbreviated final season, with no real finale.

As is the case with most other showrunners, Lawrence is not working in any capacity on "Scrubs" at the moment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Randall Winston, who's not a Writers Guild member, and other members of the show's team are supervising editing of episodes that have already been shot.

Eleven of the show's 18 episodes for this season have been written, and all but one of those has finished shooting. NBC has aired three episodes so far.

The "Scrubs" cast and Lawrence appeared at the New York Comedy Festival Saturday to celebrate the show's seven-year run. It was there that Lawrence revealed that he was asked to write a backup ending, which he dismissed as "two people kiss."

"I will use all my leverage to end this show properly, even if it means I have to do all the voices myself and call people up to read it over the phone," he told the audience Saturday.

Prior to the season premiere, Lawrence told reporters that he hoped the good relationship he has with ABC Studios, which produces the series, would help ensure that fans get to see a proper finale.

"The one thing that's keeping me from panicking completely as far as 'Scrubs' goes is I have such a good relationship with [studio head] Mark Pedowitz and the people over at ABC Studios," Lawrence said in the October conference call. "... Were there something that essentially erased the rest of the year, Mark and I already chit-chatted about still doing a finale of the series even if it was something that would just be released on a DVD or something. Because to tell you the truth it'd probably end up making more money."

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