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October 18, 2007 06:00 AM

Scrubs star John C. McGinley and wife Nichole Kessler will welcome a new member of their family in the new year.

“We’re having a baby!” a beaming McGinley, 48, announced exclusively to PEOPLE at Wednesday’s Scrubs Season 7 premiere party hosted by Bombay Sapphire in West Hollywood.

“I’ll give you the inside scoop,” he said. “We found out it’s a baby girl, and she’s coming February 2! So that’s our big announcement. That’s our big thing.”

McGinley, who already has a 10-year-old son, Max, from a previous marriage, added that he hopes this child is the first of many for the couple.

“Nichole and I want to have an army,” said the actor. “You know, we want to have as many kids as we’re lucky enough to have. I’ve always wanted to surround Max with brothers and sisters and that’s what we’re going to do!”

McGinley married Kessler at his Malibu home April 7. He said he feels like “it’s a gift … when your plans actually work out it’s pretty great.”

As for the future, McGinley, who is currently shooting the final season of the NBC hit comedy, says, “Everybody keeps asking what I’m going to do after Scrubs. I don’t know what I’m doing … I’m going to take care of my little girl – that’s what I’m doing!”

Also at the party inside the Pacific Design Center’s Young Hollywood Home (with rooms designed by Fendi, Big Red Sun and a spinning living area by Twentieth Interiors) was McGinley’s costar Zach Braff – who held court near the bar with girlfriend Shiri Appleby and costars Elizabeth Banks and Donald Faison.

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