My ATX Television Festival With the Scrubs Cast

The medics of Sacred Heart reunite in Austin this June

Heads up, newbies, gomers, and doomed new interns! ATX Television Festival has already announced reunions for Parenthood, Oz, and Justified. Now the celebration of all things small screen has just added a special reunion of Peabody-winning medical comedy Scrubs.

The show debuted on NBC less than a month after 9/11, when any sitcom seemed doomed. However, its mixture of comedy, empathy, tragedy, fantasy, and razor-sharp dialogue made it a nine-season smash (it probably didn't hurt that it was secretly one of the great shows about America's convoluted relationship with death). Now ATX Television Festival brings the cast that made Sacred Heart everyone's favorite hospital together for a special reunion panel.

Series creator and showrunner Bill Lawrence was one of ATX's first big guests, with a major panel in 2012. he makes his return this year, and this time he'll be joined by stars Zach Braff (perpetually daydreaming student John Dorian), Donald Faison (cocky surgeon Turk), Sarah Chalke (the desperately overachieving Elliot Reed), John C. McGinley (the show's brutal heart, Chief Attending Physician Perry Cox), Christa Miller (Perry's equally scathing ex, Jordan) Judy Reyes (Head Nurse Carla Espinosa), and Neil Flynn (Doctor Jan. Itor).

However, Lawrence and Miller will be pulling double-duty, with a cast-and-crew reunion marking the fifth anniversary of the final episode of his other sitcom smash, Cougar Town. They'll be joined by Lawrence's co-creator/executive producer Josh Biegel, and Miller's fellow cast members Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Brian Van Holt, and Robert Clendenin.

Also added today to the ATX lineup:

• A panel for the CW's new smash, an updating of beloved teen detective series Nancy Drew. The show, which debuted last October, has already been picked up for a second season.

• TBS got into the late-night political satire game with Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and the team behind the show will be on hand to talk about the challenges of finding humor in the current climate.

• More comedy with Comedy Central’s The Other Two, with a special screening followed by a Q&A with cast and creatives.

• And Lawrence isn't the only familiar face, as Comedy Central measures a fourth round of Drunk History, served by series creator Derek Waters and a secret list of special guests.

ATX Television Festival will run June 4-7. Tickets and further info at www.atxfestival.com.

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