Articles for ER Season 15

Fans are reeling with delight as they wait for the return of their favorite medical drama series, which airs tonight at 10pm on NBC.  The producers of the Emmy Award-winning drama promised that its 15th and final season will be star-studded and we already reported that quite a number of Hollywood A-listers are joining the cast for a final hurrah.  More importantly, the show brings back one of its most beloved original cast members, Anthony Edwards, to reprise his role as Dr. Mark Greene.  While some have clamored for ER superstar George Clooney to come back (including Edwards himself), the 47-year-old actor recently told ET that he was in fact, not asked to come back."I‘ve never been asked or approached by anyone from the show about doing an episode of ER," Clooney told ET.  This may be an odd statement, as Edwards already claimed that the producers were doing the best they could to round up as much of the gang for the final season. Read more »
In the cutthroat industry of television, networks know better than to keep a show that won’t reach ratings standards.  We all know how fast the powers that be could cut the show, even if it had aired its pilot episode.  To last more than five seasons would be a milestone for most scripted shows, but the even bigger accomplishment would be to go beyond the ten-season mark.  This holds true for the Emmy Award-winning primetime series created by novelist Michael Crichton, which first began airing in 1994.Now that the 15th season of ER has begun airing, we look back at the 15 seasons that made television history on NBC. Read more »
Fresh from a harsh and debilitating farewell to Dr. Gregory Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) on the series‘ 15th season premiere, everyone in the ER is still reeling and trying to cope with the loss of their colleague.  As ER heads to draw its final curtain, sources confirm that Pratt is only the first on a long list of people who are saying their adios.  On the other hand, there are also people who will say hi to the series, most notable of which is, of course, Angela Bassett who joins the cast as the new chief. On tonight‘s episode of the long-running medical drama, the staff feels a little defensive toward the new Chief and her tough exterior.  Meanwhile, Gates (John Stamos) tells the new interns to treat a terrorist who is keeping some lethal secrets of his own, and Nella (Parminder Nagra) tries her hardest to get Dubenko back on the surgery staff.  Abby (Maura Tierney) must make a crucial decision about her future at County. Read more »
With the 15th and final season of the acclaimed long-running medical drama ER being aired, there‘s definitely a lot of pressure on the show to retain its success.  Tonight, the series brings tension for its many characters on the episode “Parental Guidance.”  Focusing on the moving issues of families, the numerous occurrences on tonight‘s ER will surely be both astounding and sentimental.On “Parental Guidance,” an unexpected occurrence is faced by Dr. Catherine Banfield (Angela Bassett).  Being caught off guard, she must think quickly of how to arm herself when a robbery takes place.  Meanwhile, the organized protests of Brenner (David Lyons) lead to Dr. Lucien Dubenko (Leland Orser) getting reinstated.  Read more »
ER’s fifteenth and final season is now on a roll, with more heart-stopping drama and intense scenes that would leave fans on the edges of their seats, wanting more.  Last week, we saw the interns get abck to work while the veterans took the reigns.  Adjustment was a requirement for everyone as they were all dealing with having a new Chief—Dr. Banfield.Meanwhile, Dr. Banfield herself encountered some trouble after a street thug tried to rob her off some cash.  Of course, she wasn’t one to back down. In fact, she sent him straight to the hospital where he was to repent for his sins. Read more »
Michael Crichton, the author of such popular novels as Jurassic Park, Timeline, The Andromeda Strain and Disclosure, died on Tuesday at the age of 66.  Crichton‘s family revealed that he had been suffering from "a private battle with cancer" for quite some time, which came as a shock to his many fans around the globe.  In addition to his plethora of novels, Crichton also gained fame for creating NBC‘s medical drama ER, which is currently in its 15th and final season.  His final novel, Next, was published in 2006. Read more »
While most fans are still grieving the death of ER creator Michael Crichton, we have some good news that might cheer you up.  Quite a number of original cast members have come back for the 15th and final season of ER and Anthony Edwards is more than happy to comment on his experience coming back to the show."It was really like going back to high school, in the best way.  It was like going back to your favorite class and having your favorite teacher,” Edwards told Reuters.  “It took about a half an hour — and after about a half an hour, I really felt like I‘d never left." Read more »
ER has run for 14 years and earned numerous honors, so the fanfare surrounding its final season is pretty justified.  Some of its most celebrated cast members throughout the years are returning as guest stars in the remaining episodes to mark the occasion.  The first to do the honors is Anthony Edwards, who will appear as a guest star on tonight‘s episode, entitled “Heal Thyself”.Tonight, Dr. Catherine Banfield (Angela Bassett) finds herself trying to rescue a three-year-old girl who almost drowns in a lake, just when she tries to give herself a break from the hustle and bustle of her profession.  That‘s where Edwards comes in—his character, Dr. Mark Greene, may have died of a brain tumor in the eighth season, but today he comes in as part of Dr. Banfield‘s many flashbacks, remembering how the two took care of her son. Read more »
The premise of many former cast members returning as guests on the final season of ER is irresistible, especially to those who have followed the award-winning medical drama throughout its fifteen years on the air.  Shane West, who played resident Ray Barnett until he left in season 13, sprang a surprise appearance in the Halloween episode.  Last week, Anthony Edwards revisited Mark Greene, albeit in flashbacks.  Noah Wyle and Eriq La Salle are also returning in the show‘s future episodes; the former as a guest, the latter as a director.Not everybody, though, is returning.  Julianna Margulies, who appeared as troubled nurse Carol Hathaway from the drama‘s premiere in 1994 and for the next six seasons, said that she declined offers from ER producers to return to the show as a guest.  “I feel like I left Carol Hathaway in the best scenario possible,” she said.  “I can‘t imagine making it any better than that.” Read more »
So, it’s ER’s final season, and as you may very well know, they’re having what seems to be a long, sentimental goodbye with a weird heads-up-high vibe.  The program has changed considerably in the fifteen years it’s been on air.  Cast members arrived and left.  Stories have been developed and produced, and cheered of frowned upon.  Some may say that the medical drama has gone downhill in the past few seasons, but as with everything else it’s a matter of perspective.Nevertheless, it didn’t stop the folks behind the award-winning series to try, at least, to bring some of its former cast members back for at least one episode.  Insert the obligatory rundown of returns: Shane West appeared in the Halloween episode.  Anthony Edwards appeared in a series of (newly-shot, take note) flashbacks two weeks ago.  Noah Wyle will appear in a future episode.  Eriq La Salle will direct a future episode.  Whoever else shows up remains a mystery, although you’re better off not expecting Julianna Marguiles any time soon. Read more »
We’ve been talking a lot about the fact that ER’s current season it its last season.  And, the way it’s going, we’ve been a witness to a long farewell on all fronts.  We’ve seen some former cast members return for guest stints on the long-running medical drama, with some more on the way.  Also, if you’ve checked the show’s website, they’ve also begun to look back at the show’s storied run—memorable storylines, unforgettable characters and, of course, the requisite photographs and videos from seasons past.It does feel like that goodbye will never end, isn’t it?  Of course, it’s a goodbye—it’s got to end at one point.  Finally, a date has been set: NBC just announced that ER will air its two-hour season finale on March 12 at 9pm. Read more »
The drawing of the final curtain for ER is, well, getting closer and closer.  The date‘s already set, and as former stars return for one last stab at being at the emergency room (and elsewhere), it‘s becoming clearer than things are really going to change.Reading up on almost everything that‘s written about ER‘s coming end, I can‘t help but notice that they‘ve all pointed out the fate of shows at the 10pm slot.  The Emmy-winning medical drama‘s been on the same Thursday night slot for the longest time, and for some reasons it‘s become a barometer of sorts for everyone around it.  Once it was one of the highest raters of the season, pulling in viewers through compelling storylines and acting.  Now, well, things are different—and, although you may contend that it‘s because ER‘s just turned for the worse, or at least compared to what it used to be, it seems to indicate that the ground is shaking below us.  10pm time slot, you‘re in a pickle. Read more »
As the long-running NBC medical drama ER inches closer and closer to the finale, a lot of critics are saying, regardless of whether its quality has deteriorated over its 15-year run, that the end of ER is one of those end of an era thing.  The finale of its 15th and final season is already set to March 12 with a two-hour series ender at 9pm.Before we left ER last year, Morris (Scott Grimes) received an unwanted package from his father at his doorstep, while Sam (Linda Cardellini) was a little anxious about getting Alex off of the ventilator after his accident.  Meanwhile, the medical team had to deal with a pregnant woman with a high-risk pregnancy who is in danger of getting deported, while Sam told Gates (John Stamos) that she and Alex are moving out. Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:Neela has a crazy recurring dream about the day she was trying to save a girl with sickle cell anemia.  Meanwhile, she goes to an attending interview and sees an old colleague.  Gates tries to save a patient who jumped out of a window during his sleep. Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:Love is complicated on ER, Thursday, January 22, 10pm.Courtney B. Vance (Law and Order, Criminal Intent) guest stars. Read more »
Just when we thought there was no hope for a Doug Ross and Carol Hathaway return, George Clooney and Julianna Marguiles have stepped in to save the day! Despite previous statements from both parties saying they weren‘t interested in reprising their star-making roles at County General; Clooney and Marguiles have agreed to come back for one last glorious ER episode. Though NBC has yet to officially confirm Clooney and Marguiles return, TVGuide has had sources confirm the pair is filming scenes this week on a closed set.Clooney became a star thanks to his role as ER pediatrician Doug Ross, who was a cornerstone of the series from 1994-1999. At the beginning of the shows epic run Ross was the resident trouble-maker of County General. Ross was an on and off again drunk, a serial womanizer, and a chronic disobeyer of hospital policy. Marguiles also became a star, though not of Clooney‘s size, thanks to her portrayal of troubled Nurse Carol Hathaway. Despite being the highest ranked nurse in the County General ER, Hathaway struggled with personal demons which largely stemmed from her on and off again romance with none other than Dr. Doug Ross. In fact, during the pilot episode of the series Nurse Hathaway is treated in her own ER after attempting suicide over another failed attempt at romance with Dr. Ross. Read more »
Today the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation released its nominees for the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Aside from the usual television nominees like The L Word and Ugly Betty, there was one atypical nominee: Supernatural.The GLAAD Media Awards have a special category for an individual episode of a show that doesn‘t feature a regular gay character. Supernatural was nominated for “Ghostfacers,” the faux reality TV series episode that featured intern Corbett (current 90210 jock Dustin Milligan) who had a gay infatuation with Ed, resulting in the classic line, “Ed, you have to go be gay for that poor dead intern.” Read more »
ER says goodbye to its fans tonight, marking an end of an era for NBC as it tries to adapt to a time where unscripted shows have rapidly taken over the TV circuit.  For 15 years, the show has redefined the concept of medical drama while putting the spotlight on the fictional County General Hospital. Jurassic Park and The Lost World author Michael Crichton, who died of cancer last year, wrote the screenplay for ER in 1974 based on his own experiences as a medical resident in a busy hospital emergency room.  The show premiered on September 19, 1994 and has been aired on Thursday nights for its entire run.  ER is now considered NBC‘s second longest-running drama after Law & Order, and at 15 seasons, the longest-running American primetime medical drama of all time. Read more »
Last night, ER, the longest-running American primetime medical drama of all time, aired its final episode which saw Gates (John Stamos) dealing with a young teen who is admitted for alcohol poisoning after playing a deadly drinking game with friends while Dr. Carter (guest star Noah Wyle) opens a new medical facility for the underprivileged in Chicago. According to executive producer John Wells, the special two-hour episode of the long-running medical drama was inspired by the tragic real-life story of his ex-niece, 17-year-old Shelby Lyn Allen, who died of alcohol poisoning in December. Read more »
UPDATE: In a statement released by Maura Tierney on Monday, she revealed that the delay is due to a tumor in her breast, and that she is hopeful that she will be back to work on Parenthood in the near future.  In her statement Tierney said that the doctors believe it is treatable, but that they won‘t have a full diagnosis until after the tumor is removed.Parenthood, the new NBC drama scheduled to premiere in September, isbeing pushed back to mid-season to accommodate star Maura Tienrey, whois undergoing an eight-week medical evaluation Read more »
The Emmys are getting a viral, user-generated component this year asCBS is teaming up with Vaseline to sponsor "Breakthrough Performance ofthe Year," a category which allows viewers to vote for their favoriteTV moments of the year, with the top three and winner being revealed onthe primetime Emmy Awards telecast Sunday, September 20 on CBS.The number of things that are unbelievably stupid and wrong with thisdecision is astounding.  Even if you don‘t like the Emmys, you have toadmit that this decision is actively killing what little credibilitythe Emmys hoped to maintain. Read more »
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards are this Sunday at 8pm on CBS.  Hostedby Neil Patrick Harris, it looks like two shows will have astranglehold on the night: Mad Men for Drama and 30 Rock for Comedy,both coming in with an overwhelming lead in total nominations.But will they really prevail.  Check out the nominees for the majorEmmy Drama categories below and who I think will win, then make yourown picks and watch along with me Sunday night. Read More: Comedy Category Predictions>> Read more »
I had never been to Costa Mesa, California before this past weekend.  So why did I make the hour trek out from Los Angeles?  I had to be at Loehmann‘s to see Band from TV!  Like any obsessive House fan, I knew that they would be playing.  Who‘s Band from TV, you ask? Band from TV is a band with TV actors that play solely for the charities of their choice.  So why did they decide to play at a department store?  Well, as it turns out, it‘s not that weird.  According to one of the band‘s founding members, Greg Grunberg of Heroes, playing at Loehmann‘s makes perfect sense because Grunberg‘s iPhone app "Yowza" offers coupons to the discount department store.  Listen to the exclusive interview with Greg Grunberg  Read more »
We love our doctors on TV. Recently we created a list of our favorite ER Doctors in other roles because while they‘re great in their new roles, they will forever be in our hearts as County General‘s finest. I should also mention that tonight is also the season finale of Nurse Jackie, and this season has been a rocky road to recovery (if you want to call it that). Read more »
With Castle‘s Captain Montgomery falling prey to deception, betrayal and death at the end of season 3, the 12th Precinct was in need of a new leader. Now, the new captain has been cast -- and she will be played by Penny Johnson Jerald. Read more »
At this point in the summer, it‘s entirely possible that Chuck fans are suffering from serious withdrawal. That‘s understandable -- season 4 has been off the air for weeks and there are months until season 5 comes to save us. What‘s a Chuck fan to do?Does Zachary Levi in a ‘60s beach movie/alien-invasion trailer help? Read more »
It‘s already Comic-Con season, so we‘re assuming you‘re well aware of BuddyTV‘s panel this year. Tomorrow, we‘re kicking off "Obsession: How TV and Movies Go from Fascination to Phenomenon" (in Room 23ABC!) with a wide array of guests. Since you‘re going to be surrounded by experts there, we decided to help you out and check on how much you know about the panelists. After all, you wouldn‘t want to look like an ignorant sap as you grace the gates of Comic-Con, would you?  Read more »
The 2011 San Diego Comic-Con is finally upon us! Over the next few days, the geeks and nerds of the world will descend upon southern California like a swarm of interestingly-dressed locusts. And BuddyTV will be amongst them! This year, in addition to getting the latest Comic-Con scoop from your favorite TV shows, BuddyTV will also be hosting its very own panel: "Obsession: How TV and Movies Go from Fascination to Phenomenon." Read more »
This week‘s Buddy Bites includes a controversial casting scoop, an exciting new series and a bunch of baby news. Read on to find out more. Read more »
It just keeps getting better and better: more casting news from season 2 of USA‘s Suits reveals that familiar faces from Nikita and ER will be coming aboard in some intriguing roles.  Read more »
TV news waits for no one! Check out these news items on Alex Trebek‘s health, new cast members on The Good Wife and a clip of Shirley MacLaine in Downton Abbey season 3. Read more »
Another batch of actors have been slated to grace fall TV.  Read on to find out which shows are gearing up for a bigger cast.  Read more »
Doctor is easily one of the most popular TV character professions. Doctors are everywhere on TV and not just on shows that are set in a hospital or some other type of medical office. This is why it was a particularly genius move by Cigna, which is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to unite some of the most famous doctors on TV to deliver a very important message.  Read more »
Scream Queens makes room for a major character, Supernatural introduces a female hunter and Law and Order: SVU gears up for an ER reunion. Read on to find out about the latest TV casting news. Read more »