Zach Braff during "Scrubs" Celebrates 100th Episode in Valley Village, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli)
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Scrubs Burnout Sent Zach Braff Running Away From TV Work
When Zach Braff took some time off after working non-stop on "Scrubs," rumors of the actor’s demise spread on the internet in 2009 and again in 2013. He explained to outlets like Collider that the truth is he was simply burnt out from television after concluding his time as the beloved Dr. John "J.D." Dorian.
Working on a network TV series, which normally airs for 22 or more episodes per season, is one of the most time- and energy-consuming jobs there is. Braff explained, "When 'Scrubs' ended, I was so exhausted. [...] [I had to] take a break from it because it’s very demanding and the schedule is such that you just get burned out."
Braff wasn’t sure if he would return to television and instead focused on directing, but things changed when he heard about “Alex, Inc.” and its “unique take on a family story.” Braff once again worked in TV with comedy writers, saying, “I felt so happy to be back because the environment is just so challenging. It’s hard, but fun, and I realized how much I had missed it."