Arrested Development star

Jason Bateman, who has long been on Scrubs boss Bill Lawrence's guest-star wish list, now has some free time to check into Sacred Heart Hospital. In a conference call to promote the new season launching Jan. 3, Lawrence confirmed that Bateman will tape an appearance after the holidays. Explaining the setup, he says,  "[J.D.] wants a thank-you from a patient [Bateman] that he worked really hard on treating." It all leads to J.D. getting assaulted by a gang of ostriches. OK, maybe Scrubs had a little too much time off.