Bill Lawrence: I don’t want no “Scrubs”

Billlawrence For “Scrubs” creator and exec producer Bill Lawrence, a strike disrupts plans to wrap the critical fave up this season.

Lawrence said he visited the “Scrubs” production on Monday, as the show continues to shoot its final available scripts. But the scribe admitted that he didn’t feel right being there—and doesn’t plan to head back until the strike is settled.

“It’s hard to wear a producer’s hat, when I’m a writer first,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence said he’s put his trust in the show’s non-writing producers as episodes are cut, edited and finalized in post production.

“I’m betting the episodes will turn out fine,” he said. “These people are so good at their jobs.”

Lawrence admits it’s bittersweet not to be involved as “Scrubs” inches toward its series finale. The show’s last episode hasn’t yet been written – and Lawrence said he won’t even brainstorm ideas in his head on how J.D., Turk and the gang might say their final goodbyes.

“I haven’t put an ounce of thought into it,” he said. “We’re on strike. During the downtime, it’s hard not to think about what to write next. But I fill my head with happy thoughts.”

Lawrence said he was inspired by a recent email from “The Shield” exec producer Shawn Ryan, which has circulated around town. Like Lawrence, Ryan’s show is hitting its series finale; in his email, Ryan said he’ll have to skip production on that last episode, even though it’s difficult to not be there as the show he created shoots its final scene.

“It’s why we’re here,” Lawrence said. “It’s bummed me out that this is the end of our show. But in the scheme of things, this is not about me.”

— Michael Schneider

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