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"ER" Reunion in the Works

ER-docs.jpgRemember the days when George Clooney and Juliana Margulies used to run around the halls of County General Hospital on "ER"? Well it appears that producers of the long-running show are looking for ways to bring several former characters back for the show's final season.

Originally, NBC was prepared to end the show in May, but once the writers strike hit, the network decided to bring it back for a 15th season. According to Entertainment Weekly, executive producers John Wells and David Zabel want to go out on a high note. Thus, both have investigated ways to bring back characters who have left, including the aforementioned Clooney and Margulies. That means they have their choice from over 17 doctors and nurses who have checked out of the "ER" since it first aired in 1994. (Click here for the final tally.)

Already signed on is Noah Wyle, who will reprise his role of Dr. Carter for four episodes next season. And more current stars like Maura Tierney and Goran Visnjic should be back as well. Also, Gloria Reuben already returned for a one-episode stint earlier this season.

And while it should be feasible to bring some of these people back, it's going to be harder for others. As Zabel told EW: "The toughest will be getting Tony Edwards because his character is dead…That's a little tricky, but there are ways to do it that we've thought about. Even if it were like a lost episode from 1996 featuring him and Wyle."

Edwards isn't the only character they've killed off either: Dr. Lucy Knight (Kellie Martin) was killed by a patient in Season 6; Dr. Robert Romano (Paul McCrane) was killed by a falling helicopter in Season 10; and Dr. Michael Gallant (Sharif Atkins) died in Iraq in Season 12.

In the meantime, while we wait for Dr. Doug Ross to return, NBC plans to finish out the 14th season with six more episodes. --Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on March 12, 2008 7:07 PM
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Oh no... it's really the last season? I thought they could keep that show going FOREVER. Seriously -- why get rid of it? Just keep bringing in new characters and it could go on for another 15 years! Want to bet that NBC will debut another hospital show in a year or two?

Also, forget Doug Ross... bring back BENTON.

-- Posted by: rachel at March 12, 2008 7:25 PM

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