Thursday, March 12, 2009

HATE IT! ER Bandwagon Jumping

Yes, I am bowing my head in shame. I *am* part of the problem -- for tonight and the next few weeks too, I will be scrambling back aboard the 'ER' bandwagon to pay witness to the final moments of this long-running TV hospital drama. Do I feel guilty? Hell, yes, but in my defense I also think that I'm a little bit justified.

Back in the day when the series first dawned on NBC's schedule alongside 'Friends', I was an ER fanatic. Thursday at 10pm, I was glued to my set, watching Drs. Greene, Benton, Ross, Carter and Lewis, and Nurse Hathaway - "treat 'em, and street 'em", as feisty Dr. Lewis would proudly say. A few years in... the main actors began to depart and the replacements didn't quite cut it in my eyes. My ER curtain call was beckoning, and I, too, left County General, never to return. 

Well, never say never... as I am planning on re-visiting the ER this evening, to gawk at the hopeful return (and romance?!) of Doug Ross (George Clooney) & Carole Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) as well as fellow alum, Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle), and Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield). I'll be so far out of the loop on storylines regarding the current rotation of docs and nurses, but it won't matter as they're not who I've come to see. It's rare nowadays for TV shows ~ for *anything* really ~ to last so long on the pop culture radar. It's a major TV event watching such an icon take its final bow. 

I'm sure that I won't be alone either! The *final* two-hour ER episode will air on NBC on April 2nd. 


Anonymous said...

We'll see this here in the summer probably. I loved Friends but I never got into ER.

Doublebanker said...

Definitely a fan of ER, but just not as much lately. The show is WAAAY past its prime.

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Anonymous said...

I've watched ER from the beginning too! I've missed a few seasons here and there, but I've been a loyal viewer for about the past 4 years. I'll do some 'splanin about story lines for you if need be!

Anonymous said...

Sweets, I too jumped back on the bandwagon on Thursday night just for George. Once Carter left the show for good in Season 11, I was pretty much done with ER. I was a die-hard, never-miss-an-episode viewer for 11 seasons. Didn't like any of the new(er) characters enough to bother sticking around, but when I heard that George, Julianna, Eriq and Noah would all be back on this most recent episode, I was very excited and decided to watch.

I couldn't have been more pleased by what I saw (I won't spoil it for those people who haven't seen it yet), and when Georgeous George first reappeared on my screen, I squealed and actually waved at my tv screen (so dorky, I know, I know...)

I really liked how they wrapped up the episode, too. Not all hokey and unrealistic, but with a very satisfying ending. I might stick around and watch the last three shows just to see more of Dr. Carter.

~ Emily (Giggsy's Gal) xo

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