After a decade of playing young doctor J.D. on “Scrubs,” Zach Braff will be making a return to television in the role of a writer and director.
As reported by Deadline, the “Last Kiss” star has sold a single-camera half-hour comedy series to ABC, the network that was home of “Scrubs” in its final seasons. Braff, who directed several episodes of the medical comedy that made him famous, will write, direct and executive produce the project, which is entitled “Garage Bar” and will, in the words of Deadline, “combine a workplace idea with the heart and humor of Braff’s 2004 feature ‘Garden State.'”
“Garage Bar” will be about a group of friends dealing with the celebrity of one of their own, who’s become a pop star. Braff’s directorial debut “Garden State” touched on a related dynamic in the character of Jesse (Armando Riesco), an old friend of the protagonist’s who made a fortune on silent Velcro, and bought himself a giant house in which to throw parties and lead what looks to be the life of an impulsive kid with too much money to burn and no idea what to do with it.
“Garden State” won Best First Feature at the 2005 Spirits Awards, where Braff also nabbed a nomination for Best First Screenplay. Post-“Scrubs,” the actor/filmmaker has made appearance on “Cougar Town” and “The Exes.” In 2008 he directed and executive produced a pilot for Fox called “Night Life,” written by his brother Adam J. Braff, that was not picked up to series.