NBC’s long-running drama E.R. is slated to go off the air April 2. The show, which has run for 14 seasons, receives a tribute in the NY Times NY Times from those who starred on and made the series- and some interesting details emerged.
Here are 10 facts:
- “Every network passed on the show – twice,” said executive producer John Wells. “It had all these characters and medical dialogue, and they found it utterly impossible to follow.”
- Bestselling author Michael Crichton, who died in 2008, wrote the script in 1974.
- Steven Spielberg was one of the original producers.
- George Clooney was the first actor cast.
- Anthony Edwards originally turned down an offer to be on the series
- Eriq La Salle wasn’t cast until four days before the pilot.
- La Salle had the entire cast to his house to watch the premiere and the sound on his TV went off every 15 minutes. “George kept saying I had timed it so it happened every time one of his scenes came on,” he said.
- George Clooney left after five seasons and producers worried the show would end.
- In the mid-1990s “ER” attracted more than 30 million viewers a week, at its very peak in 1998, 47.8 million.
- E.R. is still NBC’s second highest rated drama (behind Law & Order: SVU)