Zach Braff Headlines ‘Scrubs’ Reunion on ‘Cougar Town’

Actor Zack Braff attends the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Kick-Off party at the W Hollywood last March in Hollywood, CA. (Chris Weeks, Getty Images)

Zach Braff (Chris Weeks, Getty Images)

Bill Lawrence resisted for as long as he could, but the day has finally arrived when “Scrubs” star Zach Braff invades the Cul-de-Sac Crew on “Cougar Town.”

In a move that seemed inevitable, TVline is reporting that Braff — along with “The Todd” himself, Robert Maschio — has signed on to appear in a season three episode of the soon-to-possibly-be-renamed ABC sitcom. No details on what roles the two will play, but TVline was giddy with glee to mention that they will complete a nearly full-on “Scrubs” reunion in that episode, with Sarah Chalke already in the middle of a guest arc playing a girlfriend of Bobby Cobb (Brian Van Holt), Ken Jenkins reprising his role Jules Cobb’s (Courteney Cox) dad, and Sam Lloyd reprising the guitar-playing version of sad-sack Sacred Heart lawyer Ted Buckland.

The show is set to return midseason, supposedly after “Dancing With The Stars” ends its season, but no return date has been set yet. No word on which episode this “Scrubs” reunion will take place.

Why did the move seem inevitable? Because Lawrence has a habit of using people he likes working with over and over again, which is why plenty of  “Spin City” players guested on “Scrubs,” and why you’ve been seeing “Scrubs” folks filter onto “Cougar Town.” Even Braff has sneakily been placed on the show, playing himself as the voice of the “Zach Braff Appetizer App” on Laurie Keller’s (Busy Philipps) phone. It might take a while before we see Neil Flynn, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes and Donald Faison find their way to the cul-de-sac in Florida, but it only seems to be a matter of time, doesn’t it?

In other reunion news… This is more of a mini-reunion, but it counts: TV Guide is reporting that Molly Shannon will be joining her former “SNL” co-star Maya Rudolph on Rudolph’s freshman NBC sitcom “Up All Night,” playing a single mom who’s an inept low-level producer on Ava’s (Rudolph) talk show. She’s been written into one yet-to-be-scheduled episode so far, but producers told TV Guide that they hope she will be a recurring character. Does this signal a shift away from Christina Applegate and Will Arnett‘s baby follies and towards Applegate’s crazy work environment? Let’s hope not.

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