BURBANK, Calif. -- July 19, 2004 -- Feature-film star Heather Graham ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "Swingers") will guest-star as an attending psychiatrist on NBC's "Scrubs" in an eight-episode arc beginning with the season premiere, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment. "Scrubs" will premiere its fourth season on Tuesday, August 31 (9:30-10 p.m. ET/PT).

"Heather Graham is a first-class actress whose beauty and comic sensibilities will mesh perfectly with the unique humor of 'Scrubs,'" said Reilly.

"I've always found Heather incredibly funny and can't wait to start writing this character for her," said Bill Lawrence, the show's creator and executive producer. "Although her character will be a professionally competent shrink, her personal life will be a train wreck. She'll shine the light on all the other characters' dysfunctional behaviors and will be a foil for Dr. Cox and a mentor to Elliot."

After her first substantial feature film role in "Drugstore Cowboy," Graham made the most of her breakout performance in "Swingers" in 1996 and soon was featured in such high-profile big-screen hits as "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "Boogie Nights," "Bowfinger" and "From Hell." Her upcoming films include "Blessed" and "Cake."

"Scrubs" ran on NBC's Tuesday schedule through the closing months of the 2003-04 season and was Tuesday's #1 comedy on any network in adults 18-49 during that period. "Scrubs" tied "Will & Grace" as the top comedy on network television in its representation of homes with $75,000-plus incomes in the show's 18-49 audience.

Winner of a prestigious Humanitas Prize and nominated for a Producer's Guild Award in 2004, and two Emmy Awards and a People's Choice Award in its debut season, "Scrubs" focuses on the strange experiences of fresh-faced medical resident John "J.D." Dorian (Zach Braff) as he embarks on his healing career in a surreal hospital crammed full of unpredictable staffers and patients -- where humor and tragedy can merge paths at any time.

Joining the rumpled J.D. at Sacred Heart Hospital are fellow residents Chris Turk (Donald Faison) -- J.D.'s college buddy who is part of the more elite surgical group, and the beautiful but socially awkward Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke).

Keeping a watchful eye over these young doctors are the caustic chief of medicine, Dr. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins), the abrasive but caring Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley), no-nonsense nurse Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes) and Neil Flynn as the hospital janitor -- and J.D.'s nemesis.

"Scrubs" is produced by Touchstone Television. Bill Lawrence ("Spin City") is the executive producer and creator.