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ER (TV series) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article may contain original research or unverified claims. Please improve the article by adding references. See the talk page for details. (February 2009) This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (February 2009) This article is about the medical drama series. For the sitcom, see E/R. ER ER intertitle. Format Medical Drama Created by Michael Crichton Starring Current cast: Noah Wyle Parminder Nagra John Stamos Linda Cardellini Scott Grimes David Lyons Angela Bassett Opening theme James Newton Howard (1994–2006) Martin Davich (2006–Present) Country of origin USA No. of seasons 15 No. of episodes 326 (List of episodes) Production Camera setup Single Running time 60 minutes (including commercials) approx. 45 minutes (without commercials) Production company(s) Constant c Productions Amblin Television Warner Bros. Television Broadcast Original channel NBC Picture format 480i (SDTV), 1080i (HDTV) Original run September 19, 1994 – present External links Official website ER is an Emmy Award-winning American medical drama series created by the late novelist Michael Crichton and airing on NBC. It is set primarily in the emergency room of fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. It is produced by Constant c Productions and Amblin Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television Production, Inc. Contents [hide] 1 Series run 2 History and production 3 Episodes 4 Cast 4.1 Main cast 4.1.1 Main cast history 4.1.2 Departures from the main cast 4.2 Notable guest stars 4.3 Supporting cast 5 U.S. television ratings 6 Awards and nominations 6.1 Awards 6.2 Nominations 7 DVD releases 8 Other media 9 References 10 External links Series run ER is NBC's second longest-running drama (after Law & Order), and, at 15 seasons, the longest-running American primetime medical drama of all time. It premiered on September 19, 1994 and has been aired on Thursday nights at 10:00 for its entire run. On April 2, 2008, NBC announced that the series will return for its 15th, concluding season. Originally scheduled to run for 19 episodes before retiring with a two-hour series finale to be broadcast on March 12, 2009, NBC recently announced it will extend ER by an additional three episodes to a full 22 episode order as part of a deal to launch a new series by John Wells. ER's final episode is scheduled to air on April 2, 2009 with a one-hour retrospective preceding it. History and production In 1974, author Michael Crichton wrote a screenplay based on his own experiences as a medical resident in a busy ER. The screenplay went nowhere, and Crichton focused on other topics. In 1990, he published the novel Jurassic Park, and in 1993 began a collaboration with director Steven Spielberg on the film adaptation of that. The Crichton-Spielberg team then returned to ER but decided to film the story as a two-hour pilot for a television series rather than as a feature film. Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment provided John Wells as the show's executive producer. The script used to shoot the pilot was virtually unchanged from what Crichton had written in 1974. The only substantive changes made by the producers in 1994 made the Dr. Lewis character a woman and the Dr. Benton character an African-American, and shortened the running time by about 20 minutes in order for the pilot to air in a two-hour block on network TV. Due to a lack of time and money to build a set, the pilot episode of ER
was filmed in the former Linda Vista Community Hospital in Los Angeles, an old facility that ceased operating as a medical center in 1990. A set modeled after Los Angeles County General Hospital's emergency room was built soon after at the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, California, although the show makes extensive use of location shoots in Chicago, most notably the city's famous "L" train platforms. ER premiered on Monday, September 19, 1994 from 9:00-11:00 p.m. (EDT) and moved into the 10:00 p.m Thursday night timeslot three days later, where it remained for all fifteen seasons. Steven Spielberg left the show after one year in a producer's chair, but he made one critical decision with lasting effects: the Carol Hathaway character, who died at the end of the original script for the pilot episode, was retained. ER was filmed in 1.78:1 widescreen from the start, even though it was not broadcast in widescreen until the seventh season when it began appearing in the 1080i HD format where NBC was being broadcast digitally. Since the sixth episode of Season 7, it has appeared in letterbox format when in standard definition. As a result, every US DVD box set shows the widescreen versions of the episodes, including those episodes originally broadcast in 1.33:1 (full screen) format. The episodes also appear in 1080i widescreen when rerun on TNT HD, though the first six seasons still show in fullscreen on the digital TNT network. Only the live episode "Ambush" at the beginning of the fourth season, and the opening credits for the first six seasons, are in standard 4:3 aspect ratio. Episodes Main article: List of ER episodes ER has had many memorable episodes, and is particularly notable for broadcasting a live episode, "Ambush," in 1997, with the NBC camera crew disguised as a PBS crew making a documentary film in the hospital. The actors performed the show again three hours later so that the West Coast airing would be live as well. This episode received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic), and won the Emmy for Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video for a Series. Most episodes center on the ER, with almost all scenes at the hospital. There is, however, often at least one scene showing the goings-on of the ER staff outside the hospital. Also, there is a tradition to feature storylines each season completely outside of the ER. One early such instance involved a road trip near Las Vegas, Nevada (Drs. Ross and Greene). Season Eight included a storyline in Hawaii (Drs. Greene and Corday). More recently, the series has included storylines in Democratic Republic of Congo (Drs. Kovac and Carter) and Darfur, Sudan (Drs. Pratt and Carter, with Noah Wyle appearing as a guest star in the season following his departure from the show). Cast Main cast Original cast of the show (1994-1995)The original cast consisted of Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene, George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross, Sherry Stringfield as Dr. Susan Lewis, Noah Wyle as John Carter, and Eriq La Salle as Dr. Peter Benton. Julianna Margulies guest starred in the pilot as Carol Hathaway before becoming part of the regular cast. The first addition to the cast came towards the end of Season One with Jeanie Boulet (Gloria Reuben) joining the supporting cast and later becoming part of the main cast in Season Two. Laura Innes signed on to the supporting cast in Season Two as Kerry Weaver before becoming part of the main cast in Season Three. Anna Del Amico (Maria Bello) was introduced at the end of Season Three and then joined the main cast at the beginning of Season Four where Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston) is also introduced. Season Five began with the addition of Kellie Martin as Medical student Lucy Knight and Season Six opened with the addition of then-unknown Croatian actor Goran Visnjic to the cast as the tragic Dr. Luka Kovac and soon after, Maura Tierney as Abby Lockhart, who together formed the series longest running, and most complicated, romantic relationship. That season also saw the addition of Paul McCrane as Dr. Robert "Rocket" Romano to the main cast after being part of the supporting cast in both Seasons Four and Five. Michael Michele as Dr. Cleo Finch and Erik Palladino as Dr. Dave Malucci also joined the cast that season and finally, Ming-Na returned to reprise a character she had created as a supporting actress in Season One, Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen. Season Eight saw the addition of Sharif Atkins as Michael Gallant. Mekhi Phifer originated the character of Dr. Greg Pratt in Season Eight and joined the main cast in Season Nine. Season Ten saw the addition of Parminder Nagra as Dr. Neela Rasgotra and Linda Cardellini as Nurse Samantha Taggart. Scott Grimes joined the supporting cast in Season Ten as Dr. Archie Morris and became part of the main cast in Season Twelve; Shane West joined the cast in Season Eleven as Dr. Ray Barnett. Season Thirteen saw the addition of John Stamos as Dr. Tony Gates, reprising a role he originated in Season Twelve as an Emergency Medical Technician. Season Fourteen saw the introduction of supporting actor David Lyons as Dr. Simon Brenner; Lyons would join the main cast in Season Fifteen, along with Angela Bassett as Dr. Cate Banfield. Main cast history Actor Role Appearance as Star Appearance as Guest Star / Supporting Actor Season Episode Season Episode Current (sorted by seniority as main cast) Parminder Nagra Dr. Neela Rasgotra 10– 204– 10 202 Linda Cardellini Nurse Samantha Taggart 10– 206– Scott Grimes Dr. Archie Morris 12– 246– 10–11 204–206, 208–209, 212, 215–217, 220–222, 224, 226, 228, 230, 232, 234, 236, 238–239, 241–242, 244–245 John Stamos Dr. Tony Gates 13– 269– 12 252–253 David Lyons Dr. Simon Brenner 15– 310– 14 304, 306-309 Angela Bassett Dr. Catherine Banfield 15– 311– Past (sorted by final appearance as main cast) Goran Visnjic Dr. Luka Kovač 6–15 114–290; 295, 298–300, 304, 306, 309, 312 Maura Tierney Dr. Abby Lockhart 6–15 125–310, 312 6 121 Mekhi Phifer Dr. Gregory Pratt 9–15 180–310 8 175–177, 179 Shane West Dr. Ray Barnett 11–13 224–290 15 314 Laura Innes Dr. Kerry Weaver 3–13 48–280 2, 15 26–29, 31, 34–35, 38, 40, 43–47, 316 Sherry Stringfield Dr. Susan Lewis 1–3, 8–12 1–55, 161–246 Noah Wyle Dr. John Carter 1–11, 15 1–245, 325–1 12 259–260, 264–265 Ming-Na Dr. Jing-Mei Chen 6–11 123–232 1 13–17, 19–21 Alex Kingston Dr. Elizabeth Corday 4–11 70–227 15 321 Sharif Atkins Dr. Michael Gallant 8–10 172–219 8, 11–12 164–166, 168–170, 239–240, 253–254, 257, 266 Paul McCrane Dr. Robert "Rocket" Romano 6–10 114–209 4, 5, 15 74–75, 77–81, 84–90, 93, 95–96, 100–101, 103–107, 109–113, 316 Anthony Edwards Dr. Mark Greene 1–8, 15 1–179, 3162 Michael Michele Dr. Cleo Finch 6–8 114–167, 178 Eriq La Salle Dr. Peter Benton 1–8 1–167, 172, 178 Erik Palladino Dr. Dave Malucci 6–8 120–161 6 115–119 Julianna Margulies Nurse Carol Hathaway 1–6 2-134 1 1 Kellie Martin Lucy Knight 5–6 92–127 Gloria Reuben Jeanie Boulet, P.A. 2–6 31–119 1, 2, 14 14–17, 20–28, 301 George Clooney Dr. Doug Ross 1–5 1–106 6 134 Maria Bello Dr. Anna Del Amico 4 70–91 3 67–69 Note 1: Wyle was billed first for a series of five episodes beginning with Episode 325 in which he reprised the role he left at the end of Season 11. Wyle was previously billed as a guest star for a four-episode appearance in Season 12. Note 2: Although Edwards was billed with the regular cast in Episode 316, his was a single-episode reprise of role he left at the end of Season 8. Departures from the main cast Sherry Stringfield's first departure on the show was in 1996, when her character, Susan Lewis, moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in the Season 3 episode "Union Station." In 2001, Stringfield returned to the series, reprising her role of Dr. Lewis, in the Season 8 episode "Never Say Never." She departed again in the Season 12 premiere, "Canon City." This second departure was not depicted, but rather mentioned by character Kerry Weaver four episodes later in "Wake Up," when she explains that Susan had accepted a tenure-track position at a hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, after having been denied tenure at County. After playing Anna Del Amico for one season, Maria Bello was not a part of the ensemble cast when Season 5 began. Like Susan Lewis's second exit, her character's departure was mentioned but not depicted; in the season premiere, "Day for Knight," Carter explains to new medical student Lucy Knight that the locker she is inheriting used to belong to Anna Del Amico, who is working in a pediatric ER back in Philadelphia, where she has family and a boyfriend. George Clooney left the show in 1999, in the Season 5 episode "The Storm, Part 2," when his character, Doug Ross, quit before being fired by County for his involvement in a patient's death. Clooney returned in the season 6 episode "Such Sweet Sorrow" in a cameo when his character reunited with Carol Hathaway. Gloria Reuben departed early in Season 6, in the episode "The Peace of Wild Things," when her character, Jeanie Boulet, decided to become a stay-at-home mom and care for her newly adopted HIV-positive baby. Reuben returned in the season 14 episode "Status Quo" with her HIV positive
child. Cast of the fifteenth and final season (2008-2009)Kellie Martin, who played medical student Lucy Knight, left the series midway through Season 6 in the episode "All In The Family," when her character was killed by a patient suffering from undiagnosed schizophrenia; his psychotic break occurred before a backed-up psychiatry department could arrive in the ER for a consult. Julianna Margulies left the show at the end of Season 6, in the episode "Such Sweet Sorrow," when her character, Carol Hathaway, decided on the spur of the moment to go to Seattle, Washington, and reunite with Doug Ross, her true love and the father of her twin daughters. Erik Palladino departed early in Season 8, in the episode ("Never Say Never") after his character, Dave Malucci, was fired for inappropriate conduct. Eriq La Salle's character, Peter Benton, departed in the Season 8 episode "I'll Be Home For Christmas". He took a job with a set schedule at another hospital in order to spend more time with his son, Reese, and his girlfriend, former fellow ER doctor Cleo Finch. La Salle returned in the season 8 episodes "It's All in Your Head" in a cameo to speak with Elizabeth Corday and "On the Beach" in a cameo to attend Mark Greene's funeral. Michael Michele's character, Cleo Finch, departed in the Season 8 episode "I'll Be Home For Christmas" with her boyfriend, and fellow doctor, Peter Benton, after having previously taken a job at the same hospital with set schedules (in fact it was she who arranged the interview which resulted in Benton's job offer). Michele returned in the season 8 episode "On the Beach" in a cameo to attend Mark Greene's funeral. Anthony Edwards's character, Mark Greene, died of a brain tumor in Season 8's penultimate episode, "On the Beach." Unusually, Anthony Edwards was credited in the following episode "Lockdown". Edwards returned in the 15th season episode "Heal Thyself" where he appeared in multiple flashback scenes to give insight into the past of Angela Bassett's character. Paul McCrane's character, Robert Romano, whose arm had been severed just above the elbow by a helicopter's tail rotor in the Season 9 premiere "Chaos Theory," was killed in the Season 10 episode "Freefall" when a helicopter that was taking off from the hospital roof was buffeted by strong winds, causing it to crash on the roof and plummet over the side of the building; it fell into a crowded ambulance bay and landed squarely on Romano. McCrane returned in the 15th season episode "Heal Thyself" in a cameo during flashbacks. Sharif Atkins left the series in the Season 10 episode "Where There's Smoke," when his character, Michael Gallant, revealed that the Army was sending him to Iraq. Atkins returned in the Season 11 episodes "Here and There" and "Back in the World" in several scenes taking place in Iraq and then again in the season 12 episodes "Two Ships," "I Do," "Split Decisions," and "The Gallant Hero and The Tragic Victor" where he married Neela and then returned to Iraq where he was killed by an improvised explosive device while serving a second tour there. Alex Kingston's character, Elizabeth Corday, left the series in the Season 11 episode "Fear" after getting in trouble for performing an illegal organ donation procedure; rather than being summarily fired, County offered her a demotion to a non-tenured position, but she turned it down and opted to return to England instead. In an interview with Britain's Radio Times magazine, Kingston spoke of being written off the show due to her age, a statement that sparked some controversy. She later withdrew that claim. Kingston returned in the 15th season episode "Dream Runner" in two of Neela's dream sequences. Ming-Na left in Season 11 as an attending physician when her character, Jing-Mei Chen, resigned in in order to take care of her ailing father, whom she later euthanized in the episode "Twas the Night." This was the second time her character left County General; in season 1, medical student "Deb" Chen recurred in an eight episode story arc which concluded with her leaving medical school after accidentally leaving a guide wire in a patient's chest and deciding she was better suited to do research than to do applied medicine. Noah Wyle left in the Season 11 finale, "The Show Must Go On." His character, John Carter, after having received tenure at County, decided to reunite with his girlfriend Kem Likasu (portrayed by Thandie Newton). Wyle returned in the season 12 episodes "Quintessence of Dust," "Darfur," "No Place to Hide," and "There Are No Angels Here" where he is practicing medicine in Darfur and then again in the 15th season episodes "The Beginning of the End" and "T-Minus-6," two of five episodes he'll return for. Laura Innes left midway through Season 13, in the episode "A House Divided," when a reluctant Luka Kovač was forced by budget cuts to fire her character, Kerry Weaver. After bracing for a battle to keep her position, and in spite of the fact that Kovač realized he must find a way to keep her on staff, Weaver ultimately decided to resign from County and accept a job offer from a television station in Miami, Florida. Innes returned in the 15th season episode "Heal Thyself" in a cameo during flashbacks. Shane West left at the end of the 13th season after his character, Ray Barnett lost both his legs and returned to Baton Rouge with his mother to recuperate. West's final appearance as a main cast member was in "The Honeymoon is Over." West returned in the 15th season episode "Haunted" to visit Neela and the rest of the staff. Mekhi Phifer departed during the first episode of Season 15. His character, Gregory Pratt, died in the ER as the result of blast injuries suffered in an ambulance explosion in the final episode of Season 14. Goran Visnjic departed in the third episode of season 15 in an episode entitled "Book of Abby" with his TV wife Abby Lockhart. Along with their son Joe, they presumably headed to Boston, where Abby got a new job.  Luka had previously left the show in the season finale of season 13 when he left for Croatia to care for his ailing father. He returned for seven episodes in season 14 to wrap up his medical storyline and then made a brief appearance in "Book of Abby" where he, Abby, and their son Joe embark on their new life together. Maura Tierney departed in the third episode of season 15 in an episode entitled "Book of Abby" with her TV husband Luka Kovac. Along with their son Joe, they presumably headed to Boston, where Abby got a new job.  She attempted to leave the ER quietly, however the rest of the staff made it known how much they will miss her. Nurse Haleh Adams showed Abby a hidden wall with the locker labels of all the past staff members since season one, with the exception of Carter who refused to deface government property (the other names on the wall were mostly departed former characters as well as some prominent writers and producers). Abby then left the ER and met Luka and her son Joe outside where they embark on their new life together. Notable guest stars Memorable appearances on the show have included: Bradley Whitford in 1995, as the husband of a woman who dies at the hands of Dr. Mark Greene in a complicated emergency delivery and files a malpractice suit. Lucy Liu in 1995, as an Asian Immigrant whose son suffers from AIDS; (credited as "Lucy Alexis Liu"). Kristin Davis in 1995, as Leslie, the mother of a patient. Jorja Fox in 1996-1999, as Dr. Maggie Doyle, a gay resident who eventually tried to bring a sexual harassment lawsuit against Dr. Robert Romano. Sanford Meisner in 1995, as Joseph Klein, a terminally ill patient inadvertently given a reprieve by Dr. John Carter. Ron Rifkin in 1995-1996, as Dr. Carl Vucelich, an antagonist of Benton's. Marg Helgenberger in 1996, as Karen Hines, one of Dr. Doug Ross's many flings. George Eads in 1996, as a paramedic. David Schwimmer in 1996, as Dr. Karubian (voice only). Kirsten Dunst in 1996-1997, as Charlie Chiemingoas, a troubled teenager. Omar Epps in 1996-1997, as Dr. Dennis Gant, a surgical intern who jumps in front of a train. Matthew Glave in 1996-2002, as Dr. Dale Edson, surgeon and rival to Carter. Ewan McGregor in 1997, as a convenience store gunman. Mariska Hargitay in 1997, as Cynthia Hooper, a desk clerk that Dr. Mark Greene dates. Clea DuVall in 1997, as Katie Reed a troubled teenager. John Cullum in 1997 and 2000, as Dr. Mark Greene's father. Rebecca De Mornay in 1999, as a breast cancer survivor. Emile Hirsch in 1999, as a teenage alcoholic. Vincent Kartheiser in 1999, as Jesse Keenan a drug addicted teen. Djimon Hounsou in 1999, as Mobalage Ikabo a Nigerian caretaker. David Krumholtz in 2000 and 2002, as a schizophrenic who stabs Dr. Lucy Knight and Dr. John Carter, with Liza Weil playing his wife. Dakota Fanning in 2000, as Delia Chadsey Shia LaBeouf in 2000, as Darnel Smith, a child with muscular dystrophy. Lea Salonga in 2001, as Amparo, a lymphoma-stricken mother of a young boy who fell while putting up Christmas lights. Jared Padalecki in 2001, as Paul Harris, a car crash survivor. His father, also a patient, is played by James Belushi. Conchata Ferrell in 2001, as Mrs. Jenkins, the mother of a girl injured in a talkshow brawl. Michael Gross in 2001-2004, as Dr. John Carter's father, John "Jack" Carter, Jr. Zac Efron in 2002, as Bobby Neville, an injured teen. Ed Asner in 2003, as a con artist pretending to run a store-front clinic. Patrick Fugit in 2003, as Sean Simmons, a teenager suffering from testicular cancer. Thandie Newton in 2003-2005, as Kem, Dr. John Carter's love interest from Africa and mother of his stillborn son. Cynthia Nixon in 2005, as a stroke victim. Kristen Johnston in 2005, as Eve Peyton, a zealous nurse manager. John Leguizamo in 2005, as Dr. Victor Clemente, a zealous but troubled attending physician. James Woods in 2006, as an ALS-stricken
biochemistry professor. Stanley Tucci in 2007-2008, as Dr. Kevin Moretti, a brilliant ICU doctor turned troubled ER Chief. Reiko Aylesworth in 2007-2008, as Julia Dupree, the hospital chaplin. Kari Matchett in 2007-2008, as Skye Wexler, the Acting Chief of Emergency Medicine. Annabella Sciorra in 2007, as Diana Moore, a cancer patient who wishes to spend her last days in South America. Derrek Lee in 2007, as himself. Hal Holbrook in 2008, as Walter Perkins, a hospice patient who inspires Luka to make a difficult life decision. Steve Buscemi in 2008, as Mr. Masterson,a patient who was secretly in witness protection. Courtney B. Vance in 2008, as Russell Banfield, Cate Banfield's husband. Louis Gossett Jr. in 2009, as Leo Malcolm, an elderly patient who initially refuses treatment. Guest stars whose performances won Emmys are: Sally Field in 2001, as Maggie Wyczenski, Abby Lockhart's mother. Ray Liotta in 2005, as Charlie Metcalf, a regret-ridden, dying alcoholic. Guest stars whose performances earned Emmy nominations include: Rosemary Clooney in 1995, as "Madame X", an Alzheimer's patient. Alan Alda in 2000, as Dr. Gabriel Lawrence, an Alzheimer's-stricken doctor and one-time teacher of Dr. Kerry Weaver. James Cromwell in 2001, as an ailing Roman Catholic Bishop who coaxes a confession from Dr. Luka Kovač, before dying. Mary McDonnell in 2002, as Eleanor Carter, the mother of Dr. John Carter. Don Cheadle in 2003, as Paul Nathan, a medical student with Parkinson's Disease. Bob Newhart in 2004, as Ben Hollander, an architecture model maker losing his sight. Forest Whitaker in 2007, as Curtis Ames, a patient filing a lawsuit against Dr. Luka Kovač. Supporting cast Main article: List of supporting characters in ER U.S. television ratings Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of ER on NBC. Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps. All times mentioned in this section were in the Eastern & Pacific time zones. Season Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Viewer Rank (#) Viewers (in millions) 1st September 19, 1994 May 18, 1995 1994-1995 2 28.9 2nd September 21, 1995 May 16, 1996 1995-1996 1 32.0 3rd September 26, 1996 May 15, 1997 1996-1997 1 30.8 4th September 25, 1997 May 14, 1998 1997-1998 2 30.2 5th September 24, 1998 May 20, 1999 1998-1999 1 25.4 6th September 30, 1999 May 18, 2000 1999-2000 4 25.0 7th October 12, 2000 May 17, 2001 2000-2001 2 22.4 8th September 27, 2001 May 16, 2002 2001-2002 3 22.1 9th September 26, 2002 May 15, 2003 2002-2003 4 20.0 10th September 25, 2003 May 13, 2004 2003-2004 8 19.5 11th September 23, 2004 May 19, 2005 2004-2005 16 15.5 12th September 22, 2005 May 18, 2006 2005-2006 30 12.3 13th September 21, 2006 May 17, 2007 2006-2007 31 11.5 14th September 27, 2007 May 15, 2008 2007-2008 TBA TBA 15th September 25, 2008 April 2, 2009 2008-2009 TBA TBA Awards and nominations Main article: List of ER awards and nominations ER won the George Foster Peabody Award in 1995. In addition, the series has earned 123 Emmy Award nominations, making it the most Emmy-nominated show in history. as well as 22 Emmy Awards (at least one every year up to and including 2005, except for 2004). It also won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Television Dramatic Series" every year from 1995 to 2002. Over the years, it has been nominated for and/or won numerous other awards, including Screen Actors Guild Awards, Image Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, and Golden Globe Awards, among others. The following is a partial list of major awards and nominations received by the show, its cast, and crew. Awards Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series (1996) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series—Julianna Margulies (1995) Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Drama Series—Mimi Leder for episode "Love's Labor Lost" (1995) Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series—Sally Field (2001) Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series—Ray Liotta (2005) Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series-Drama—Anthony Edwards (1998) Screen Actors Guild Awards Best Performance by a Cast in a Drama Series (1996-1999) 4 wins Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series—Julianna Margulies (1998-99) 2 wins Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series—Anthony Edwards (1996, 1998) 2 wins Nominations Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series (1995, 1997-2001) 6 nominations Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series—Anthony Edwards (1995-98) 4 nominations Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series—George Clooney (1995-96) 2 nominations Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series—Julianna Margulies (1997-2000) 4 nominations Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series—Sherry Stringfield (1995-97) 3 nominations Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series—Noah Wyle (1995-99) 5 nominations Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series—Eriq La Salle (1995, 1997-98) 3 nominations Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series- Paul McCrane (2001) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series—Maura Tierney (2001) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series—Laura Innes (1997-98) 2 nominations Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series—Gloria Reuben (1997-98) 2 nominations Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series—Julianna Margulies (1996) Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series-Forest Whitaker (2007) Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series—James Woods (2006) Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series—Red Buttons (2005) Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series—Bob Newhart (2004) Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series—Don Cheadle (2003) Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series—Sally Field (2003) Golden Globe Awards Best TV Series-Drama (1995-2001) 7 nominations Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series-Drama—Anthony Edwards (1996-97, 1999) 3 nominations Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series-Drama—George Clooney (1996-98) 3 nominations Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series-Drama—Julianna Margulies (1999-2000) 3 nominations Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series-Drama—Sherry Stringfield (1996-97) 2 nominations Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a TV Series—Noah Wyle (1997-99) 3 nominations Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a TV Series—Eriq La Salle (1998) Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a TV Series—Gloria Reuben (1998) Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a TV Series—Julianna Margulies (1996) Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a TV Series—CCH Pounder (1997) Screen Actors Guild Awards Best Performance by a Cast in a Drama Series (1995, 1998, 2000-01) 4 nominations Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series—Sally Field (2001) Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series—Julianna Margulies (1996) Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series—Anthony Edwards (1997, 1999, 2001) 3 nominations Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series—George Clooney (1996-97) 2 nominations DVD releases Warner Home Video has released ER on DVD in Regions 1, 2 & 4 for the very first time. Seasons 1-9 have been released in R1, Seasons 1-13 in R2 and in R4 they have released Seasons 1-12. Season 10 will be released in Region 1 on March 3, 2009; Season 14 will be released in Region 2 on May 18, 2009. Season Region 1 Region 2 (UK) Region 4 (AUS) The Complete First Season (1994-1995) August 26, 2003 February 23, 2004 April 28, 2004 The Complete Second Season (1995-1996) April 27, 2004 July 26, 2004 July 15, 2004 The Complete Third Season (1996-1997) April 26, 2005 January 31, 2005 December 16, 2004 The Complete Fourth Season (1997-1998) December 20, 2005 May 16, 2005 April 27, 2005 The Complete Fifth Season (1998-1999) July 11, 2006 October 24, 2005 November 15, 2005 The Complete Sixth Season (1999-2000) December 19, 2006 April 3, 2006 May 5, 2006 The Complete Seventh Season (2000-2001) May 15, 2007 September 18, 2006 October 3, 2006 The Complete Eighth Season (2001-2002) January 22, 2008 July 16, 2007 September 6, 2007 The Complete Ninth Season (2002-2003) June 17, 2008 October 29, 2007 October 31, 2007 The Complete Tenth Season (2003-2004) March 03, 2009 January 28, 2008 May 07, 2008 The Complete Eleventh Season
(2004-2005) TBA April 21, 2008 May 07, 2008 The Complete Twelfth Season (2005-2006) TBA September 15, 2008 October 01, 2008 The Complete Thirteenth Season (2006-2007) TBA November 03, 2008 TBA The Complete Fourteenth Season (2007-2008) TBA May 18, 2009  TBA The Complete Fifteenth Season (2008-2009) TBA TBA TBA The first six DVD box sets of ER are unusual in the fact that they are all in anamorphic widescreen even though these episodes were broadcast in a standard 4:3 format. Only the live episode "Ambush" is not in the widescreen format. Other media ER soundtrack released in 1996 with various compositions from seasons 1 and 2 episodes by Martin Davich and James Newton Howard. ER video game for Windows XP and 2000 released in 2005 where the player takes control of a character in the series and treats patients. References ^ http://www.erheadquarters.com/news/11/after11years_033105.htm ^ NBC PICKS UP CLASSIC, EMMY AWARD-WINNING 'ER' FOR 15TH AND FINAL SEASON ^ a b c NBC veteran 'ER' will end its run next year - USATODAY.com ^ NBC FALLOUT: "KNIGHT" CUT, "ER" EXTENDED ^ http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117998243.html?categoryid=14&cs=1 ^ http://tvseriesfinale.com/articles/er-clooney-and-margulies-to-return-for-final-episodes/ ^ Michael Crichton, commentary track, ER Season One DVD set ^ http://ludb.clui.org/ex/i/CA6083/# Linda Vista Hospital ^ http://www.nbcumv.com/entertainment/storylines.nbc/er.html ^ http://www.nbcumv.com/entertainment/release_detail.nbc/entertainment-20080904000000-nbcannouncesgolden.html ^ "Anthony Edwards Scrubs Back in at ER". TV Guide. 2008. http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-News-Blog/Todays-News/Er-Casting-News/800046171. 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(Emergency Room): Season 11 : DVD - Free Delivery ^ E.R. - The Complete 11th Season (Slimline Set) @ EzyDVD ^ Play.com (UK) : E.R. (Emergency Room): Season 12 (3 Discs) : DVD - Free Delivery ^ Play.com (UK) : E.R. (Emergency Room): Season 13 : DVD - Free Delivery ^ : E.R. (Emergency Room): Season 13 : DVD - Free Delivery External links Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: ER ER's official Warner Bros. website (last updated in 2004) ER's official NBC website ER at Allmovie ER at the Internet Movie Database ER at TV.com [show]v • d • ePrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Police Story (1976) · Upstairs, Downstairs (1977) · The Rockford Files (1978) · Lou Grant (1979) · Lou Grant (1980) · Hill Street Blues (1981) · Hill Street Blues (1982) · Hill Street Blues (1983) · Hill Street Blues (1984) · Cagney & Lacey (1985) · Cagney & Lacey (1986) · L.A. Law (1987) · Thirtysomething (1988) · L.A. Law (1989) · L.A. Law (1990) · L.A. 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