So, in between watching election coverage over the last couple of days, I slipped in DVDs of the first two episodes of the new ABC incarnation of "Scrubs," which will debut at some point in early 2009.
And they're terrific.
In particular, the second one -- a spiritual sequel to season one's "My Old Lady," guest-starring Glynn Turman (Mayor Royce from "The Wire," and/or Blair Underwood's dad on "In Treatment") as a terminally-ill patient -- is already one of my five favorite "Scrubs" episodes ever, just the right mix of pathos and weird comedy.
Bill Lawrence promised that he was going to dial back on the wackiness, and he has. JD is still weird, but he's also recognizably human again. And the new intern characters -- notably Aziz Ansari from "Human Giant" and Eliza Coupe -- fit in very well. I think I'd rather see the show go out on a high note, ala "Frasier" or "Cheers" (both of which rebounded in their last years after some weak later seasons), than to attempt to continue a year from now as "Scrubs: The Next Generation," but if the ratings are decent enough to allow that, at least it looks like the creative team has rediscovered what made the show great in the first place.
Not trying to be a tease; just trying to remind everybody that "Scrubs" is still here, and that the new stuff is going to be worth waiting for.
And, because I can never link to it enough, here's Turk dancing. Or, if you prefer your "Scrubs" darker, JD, Dr. Cox and The Fray.