Zach Braff Start Up

Zach Braff Poised for TV Return in Start-Up Comedy Pilot at ABC

Zach Braff is scrubbing in for another ABC comedy.

The former Scrubs star will star in Start-Up, a new single-camera, potential sitcom that’s earned a put-pilot commitment from the network, according to our sister publication Deadline. The Garden State auteur will direct the show’s pilot, as well.

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Based on a podcast (yes, there are TV shows based on podcasts now), Start-Up stars Braff as a family man in his mid-30s who quits his job and sets out to open his own business. And the Scrubs connection doesn’t end with Braff: Matt Tarses, a Scrubs co-executive producer, is writing the Start-Up pilot.

Braff, of course, played Dr. John Dorian for nine seasons on Scrubs, which started out on NBC, but aired its final two seasons on ABC. Since then, he directed and starred in the 2014 film Wish I Was Here and has done extensive theater work in New York. But Start-Up would be his first full-time TV role since Scrubs ended in 2010.

Excited to see Braff back on the small screen? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. jj says:

    I’ll definitely be watching this if it gets picked up!

  2. just_me says:


  3. kirads09 says:

    Crackle has a new drama (10 eps?) called StartUp with Martin Freeman. Starts 9/6 Would be nice if shows and movies could come up with different original titles. Can get confused in a search.

  4. Joey Padron says:

    Happy he’s coming back to TV in a new show! Awesome he’ll direct the pilot episode too! Hope the show will get pickup for next tv season for 2017/2018 season!

  5. dman6015 says:

    Should be early 40s, not mid 30s.

  6. Kathleen says:

    What the hell is a “put-pilot”?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      It means if it doesn’t get ordered to series, there is a significant financial penalty. (Meaning: It will be going to series.)

  7. HAP says:

    Scrubs was great TV because of its awesome ensemble cast. I give props to Braf for Garden State, but he’s had a troubled career in movies since.