NBC and Warner Bros. TV are reportedly close to an agreement to reduce ER‘s exorbitant license fees and bring the show back for yet another season. The series was expected to end its run this year, but the writers’ strike has thrown a wrench into plans for proper farewell. Rather than end the long-running series abruptly, NBC wants to pull out all the stops and bring the hospital drama back for a fifteenth and final season.
And according to Entertainment Weekly, executive producers John Wells and David Zabel have been making some ambitious plans for the show’s farewell season. “We want to revisit characters that have existed on the show over the years and say where they are now,” says Zabel of stars like George Clooney and Julianna Margulies. “We’d love to get them all back in some way, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to. But we’re gonna try.”
Two alumni are already on board: Noah Wyle and Goran Visnjic are both expected to pop in next season for a return engagement. “The toughest will be getting Tony Edwards because his character is dead,” says Zabel, laughing. “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.”