Since Scrubs ended in 2010, Zach Braff has been focused on the movie world rather than jumping straight back into sitcom land. That ends now, as his new show, in which he’ll star and direct, has been picked up by ABC for a full series order.
The single camera comedy is currently untitled, but was written by Alex Tarses, a former co-executive producer on Scrubs, and stars Braff as Alex Schuman, “a brilliant radio journalist, husband and father of two who is about to do something crazy — quit his job and start his own company. He quickly discovers it’s going to be a lot harder than he thought”.
The show was originally titled Startup, and was inspired by the podcast, StartUp, which talks about the realities of starting a new business. Braff has experience with start ups himself, having partly funded his most recent directorial film Wish I Was Here through Kickstarter.
The new show will also star Tiya Sircir (Star Wars Rebels), Hillary Anne Matthews (Single By 30), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Elisha Henig (Future World) and Audyssie James (Sesame Street).
While the show doesn’t sound as inventive or clever as Scrubs, it’ll be good to have Braff back on our screens consistently. The fact he’s directing the series adds a lot of hope, as hopefully it won’t fall into the trap of becoming a lazy laugh-track sitcom and actually be something humorous that deals with the modern phenomenon of start ups.