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Zach Braff and Donald Faison Team Up With iHeartRadio to Launch “Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach + Donald”

The Scrubs co-stars share behind-the-scene stories about the beloved TV show, its lasting cultural impact and their own friendship in new comedic re-watch podcast debuting today on the iHeartPodcast Network

NEW YORK – March 31, 2020 – iHeartRadio, the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally, announced today the launch of “Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach + Donald” a weekly comedy Scrubs re-watch podcast hosted by Scrubs co-stars and real-life best friends Zach Braff and Donald Faison. Episode one of the new podcast is available now on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard. New episodes of “Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach + Donald” will post Tuesdays each week. 

“We’re beyond excited to bring ‘Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach + Donald’ to the iHeartPodcast Network and to have two of the funniest friends out there take a nostalgic look back into a show that so many people love,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “Scrubs meant so much to its fans over its nine-season run, and Zach and Donald are allowing us to bring it all back to life with this podcast. Listening to the podcast feels like hanging out with old friends — something everyone needs, especially right now.”

Each week, Braff and Faison will discuss an episode of Scrubs, sharing behind-the-scenes stories and reminiscing on some of their favorite memories from filming. They’ll also connect with Scrubs super fans and feature beloved show cast members for exclusive interviews. Created by Bill Lawrence, Scrubs was set at a fictional teaching hospital called Sacred Heart Hospital and followed intern John "J.D." Dorian as he learned the ways of medicine, friendship, and life. The main cast included Zach Braff, Sarah ChalkeDonald FaisonNeil FlynnKen JenkinsJohn C. McGinley, and Judy Reyes. The critically acclaimed show ran for nine years from 2001-2010 on NBC with the final season on ABC. During its run, it earned numerous awards and 17 Emmy Nominations including “Outstanding Comedy Series. The show was known for its profound use of music – from the theme song to its musical episode (season 6) – and the podcast will feature a theme song with music created by Charlie Puth and lyrics written and performed by Braff and Faison themselves.

“Donald and I are thrilled to be teaming with iHeartRadio to produce ‘Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach + Donald,’” said Braff. “The idea of gathering our fans all around the world together and revisiting the series episode by episode sounds like so much fun to us. Each week we’ll tell behind the scenes stories, share experiences from our friendship and have lots of special guests. We’ll also be taking live fan questions over the phone. We can’t wait to laugh with our Scrubs family.”

“I am really excited about this. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to talk you all about such an important and amazing time in our lives. Get ready and tune in,” said Faison. 

“Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach + Donald” premieres today on the iHeartPodcast Network which is home to more than 750 original podcasts with more than 170 million downloads each month. iHeartRadio Original Podcasts span every category from business, sports, spirituality and technology to entertainment, family, comedy and true crime – and everything in between – making iHeartRadio the largest publisher of podcast content in the world. The platform is also home to the most successful podcast of all time, “Stuff You Should Know” and creator of hits like “The Ron Burgundy Podcast,” “Disgraceland” and the “Atlanta Monster” series as well as fosters over a hundred shows from its on-air talent like the popular “Bobbycast” and “The Breakfast Club” radio show podcasts. These shows are distributed on all major podcast platforms including the iHeartRadio app, which additionally distributes more than 320,000 shows.

Fans can go to iHeart.com/apps to download and listen to “Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach + Donald” on all their favorite devices — including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, televisions, gaming consoles and more. 

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