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Originally published Monday, April 7, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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"Scrubs" may move from NBC to ABC

NBC confirmed last week that "Scrubs" will end its seven-season run on the network in May. Which doesn't necessarily mean the show is going...

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NBC confirmed last week that "Scrubs" will end its seven-season run on the network in May. Which doesn't necessarily mean the show is going away for good.

It's widely expected that "Scrubs" will end up on ABC next season, given that it's produced by the network's Disney brother ABC Studios and network entertainment chief Stephen McPherson helped develop the show when he ran the studio. Recent reports have said a deal with ABC is near completion; ABC will announce its schedule in mid-May.

NBC boss Ben Silverman managed to get in a diss of ABC in noting that following its season finale in May, "Scrubs" will be a free agent. "If they can go 1-for-21, good for them," Silverman said, referring to ABC's less-than-stellar recent record at developing comedy hits.

Also from NBC's front:

Next season will be the final one for "ER." The show, once the top-rated series on television, was to have ended this spring, but the writers' strike led NBC to re-evaluate that idea and bring the show back for a 15th-season swan song. Silverman says the season will air without repeats, beginning in the fall and running straight through 18 to 22 episodes, which would put the finale somewhere in February or March 2009. The show also hopes to bring back some familiar faces, teasing the return of Noah Wyle's Dr. John Carter in a promotional video.

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