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"Scrubs" begins its ninth season on Tuesday, and both ABC and the show's creator, Bill Lawrence, are encouraging us to think of the show as new in all but its title. There's a new setting, several new regulars and even a revamped opening credit sequence.

The transition -- established characters like J.D. (Zach Braff), Turk (Donald Faison) and Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) are now teaching at a medical school -- is an admirably honest attempt by Lawrence and Co. to deal with the show being renewed after airing what was for all intents and purposes a series finale episode last spring. And there are moments in Tuesday's two-episode premiere (it's at 9 p.m. Et on ABC) that are quite good.

The whole thing, though, feels just a little bit awkward. If you are -- like me -- enough of a "Scrubs" fan that you just enjoy spending time with these characters, »

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