“Scrubs” co-exec producer Bill Callahan is remaining in the Touchstone fold, inking a two-year overall deal with the studio.
Under the seven-figure pact, Callahan will stay with the show next season if it’s renewed by NBC as expected. There’s been increasing buzz that the Peacock is poised to order a sixth season of the laffer, but the net hasn’t confirmed anything.
While “Scrubs” isn’t a Nielsen juggernaut, its strength was clear last week when the skein nearly tripled the ratings of its lead-in, “Celebrity Cooking Showdown.” Only its relatively healthy pricetag could block its renewal.
Nonetheless, ABC Entertainment prexy Steve McPherson, who oversaw development of “Scrubs” when he was at Touchstone, has made it clear he’ll pick up the show if NBC doesn’t.
As for Callahan, his new deal also calls for him to develop original programming for Touchstone and work on other skeins if needed.
Callahan joined Scrubs in 2004, having previously worked on Touchstone’s “8 Simple Rules.” His other credits include a multiyear run on “Spin City,” the DreamWorks TV-produced ABC comedy co-created by “Scrubs” exec producer Bill Lawrence.
Alex Weinberger, VP of comedy development for Touchstone, said UTA-repped Callahan has “done terrific staff work” for the studio on both “Scrubs” and “8 Simple Rules.”
“We want to keep him,” she said.