John C. McGinley ditches Scrubs for "Back"

"Scrubs' " John C. McGinley is switching genres with a co-starring role on CBS' drama pilot "Back."

The project, from CBS Paramount, centers on Richard (Skeet Ulrich), who returns home to discover he was reported missing eight years earlier, after Sept. 11.

McGinley will play Tom, a firefighter who is now married to Richard's former wife (Sherry Stringfield) and is actively involved in raising her two troubled teenagers.

The part is a big departure from the gruff, sarcastic Dr. Cox, which McGinley played on "Scrubs" for eight seasons.

McGinley is the second "Scrubs" co-star to book a pilot this season.

Donald Faison booked ABC's comedy "The Law," co-starring opposite Cedric the Entertainer.

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