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ABC is in talks to renew Scrubs for a ninth season, but one stumbling block is the availability of original cast members, none of whom have deals beyond this current season.

Both Zach Braff and Judy Reyes have said that this is their final year on the show, though Braff as of late has hinted he might be game for the occasional drop-by.

Donald Faison, John C. McGinley and Neil Flynn this spring all booked pilots which, if picked up, get first priority. In such a scenario, Turk, Dr. Cox and Janitor would at most be recurring characters. 

Sarah Chalke, who recently filmed the Lifetime miniseries Maneater, has in interviews left open the door for a return.

A salvaged Scrubs also could focus on new interns introduced this year and played by Sonal Shah, Eliza Coupe, Betsy Beutler and Todd Bosley.

In addition to cast concerns, there is the matter of (of course) money — namely. how low a licensing fee ABC can pay Scrubs producer ABC Studios for another season.

Series creator Bill Lawrence is said to be heavily involved in the renewal talks, even though he, too, has a new project on deck — the Courteney Cox-fronted comedy pilot Cougar Town — and thus could be pulling double duty.

Originally an NBC series, Scrubs has performed decently for ABC this season, delivering a modest audience yet skewing toward desirable upscale demos. It also serves as a good lead-in for freshman laffer Better Off Ted, which itself is being eyed for renewal.

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