Tuesday, February 15, 2005

TONIGHT: "SCRUBS" HAS A LAUGH TRACK

Clay Aiken! Low-cut scrubs! Colin Hay, from Men at Work!!

Tonight's Scrubsapalooza features a complete departure from their usual, low-key, non-laugh tracky goodness in favor of a foray into the traditional conventions of the multi-camera sitcom:

Via Zap2It:

"All the patients in the beds will be models and very handsome, very attractive," [Scrubs creator Bill]Lawrence says a few days prior to the shoot, which harkens back to his time working on shows like "Spin City" and "Friends." "All the female doctors will, for some reason, be wearing low-cut scrubs. Everything that a sitcom might do."

The sitcom premise is an extended fantasy sequence by J.D. (Braff), who's treating a man who once wrote for "Cheers" (Ken Lerner, himself a sitcom vet). Lawrence also wants the episode to be a thank-you to the show's audience by inviting some of them to watch the show being made -- something that doesn't happen during a normal week, when "Scrubs" is shooting at an abandoned hospital in North Hollywood.

"What we're trying to do in the middle of it, even though we're doing sitcommy stories and sitcommy things, is ultimately have a great experience for the fans," he says. "Which means we're still writing funny jokes. So I hope people will like it on two levels -- hopefully they'll watch it and laugh because we took time to write really funny stuff, and on some level be enjoying the fact that we're tweaking the format a little bit."

OK, Bill. You don't have to twist my arm. I'll be watching. And I know several other interested parties who will likely tune in for this stunt.

But I'm afraid I'm going to have to give you a citation for excessive use of the non-word "sitcommy."

2 Comments:

At 3:00 PM, February 16, 2005, Blogger Andrea said...

That was a great episode! Much better than when Ben Seaver found himself in a sitcom about his life.

I had comments but I posted them in Zach's blog this morning so it feels redundant. :)
(Yeah, I know he doesn't read that far into the replies but sometimes words need to get out.)

This was one of my favourite episodes of the season. It really resonated with me and it was hilarious. This episode will be acquired for repeat viewing.

Recently JD's been saying stuff that feels like it comes from my brain. It's as if the writers are watching me.

 
At 2:46 AM, November 06, 2008, Blogger dubya said...

When will sitcom producers stop insulting our intelligence with laugh tacks? Do they think we need someone to tell us when something is funny? Scrubs has long been a very funny show. We don't need to be prompted when to laugh by means of a laugh tract.

 

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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

TONIGHT: "SCRUBS" HAS A LAUGH TRACK

Clay Aiken! Low-cut scrubs! Colin Hay, from Men at Work!!

Tonight's Scrubsapalooza features a complete departure from their usual, low-key, non-laugh tracky goodness in favor of a foray into the traditional conventions of the multi-camera sitcom:

Via Zap2It:

"All the patients in the beds will be models and very handsome, very attractive," [Scrubs creator Bill]Lawrence says a few days prior to the shoot, which harkens back to his time working on shows like "Spin City" and "Friends." "All the female doctors will, for some reason, be wearing low-cut scrubs. Everything that a sitcom might do."

The sitcom premise is an extended fantasy sequence by J.D. (Braff), who's treating a man who once wrote for "Cheers" (Ken Lerner, himself a sitcom vet). Lawrence also wants the episode to be a thank-you to the show's audience by inviting some of them to watch the show being made -- something that doesn't happen during a normal week, when "Scrubs" is shooting at an abandoned hospital in North Hollywood.

"What we're trying to do in the middle of it, even though we're doing sitcommy stories and sitcommy things, is ultimately have a great experience for the fans," he says. "Which means we're still writing funny jokes. So I hope people will like it on two levels -- hopefully they'll watch it and laugh because we took time to write really funny stuff, and on some level be enjoying the fact that we're tweaking the format a little bit."

OK, Bill. You don't have to twist my arm. I'll be watching. And I know several other interested parties who will likely tune in for this stunt.

But I'm afraid I'm going to have to give you a citation for excessive use of the non-word "sitcommy."

2 Comments:

At 3:00 PM, February 16, 2005, Blogger Andrea said...

That was a great episode! Much better than when Ben Seaver found himself in a sitcom about his life.

I had comments but I posted them in Zach's blog this morning so it feels redundant. :)
(Yeah, I know he doesn't read that far into the replies but sometimes words need to get out.)

This was one of my favourite episodes of the season. It really resonated with me and it was hilarious. This episode will be acquired for repeat viewing.

Recently JD's been saying stuff that feels like it comes from my brain. It's as if the writers are watching me.

 
At 2:46 AM, November 06, 2008, Blogger dubya said...

When will sitcom producers stop insulting our intelligence with laugh tacks? Do they think we need someone to tell us when something is funny? Scrubs has long been a very funny show. We don't need to be prompted when to laugh by means of a laugh tract.

 

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