Thursday, May 8, 2008 could have gone down in history as the comedy's final telecast if that network had its way. And no wonder. Despite its cult fanbase, Scrubs still draws relatively miniscule ratings in NBC's Thursday comedy lineup. (Which is saying something, considering how not-well most of the other series do.) And there's no upside, right? The show's been on the air for seven years. It's not like it's going to "grow" ratings.
When Samantha Who? returns to ABC with fresh episodes Monday (9:30PM ET, after Dancing With the Stars), no question mark should be necessary. Christina Applegate scored a bullseye in this zippy single-camera comedy of a ruthless executive whose amnesiac loss of memory allows her to reinvent herself, to goofily evolve from self-centered reprobate to, well, less self-centered nice-person wannabe. Applegate, who made her TV name as a teen notching bedposts on Married With Children, suddenly wowed us by blossoming into a Lucille Ball-level delight of both sparkling character and physical comedy, with intelligent wit in the mix, too.