Anthony Edwards to return to 'ER' despite his character being dead

Anthonyedwards_lWell, PopWatchers, I gotta say I didn’t see this one coming: Despite my hopes that the upcoming final season of ER would bring a slew of guest appearances from some of the approximately 2,560 actors that have graced the halls of County General over the past 14 years, Anthony Edwards’ Dr. Mark Greene never quite entered my consciousness. Not that I didn’t love the guy — his bespectacled bald head and befuddled inability to get it together with Sherry Stringfield’s character were my favorite non-Clooney-oriented parts of the show’s early years. But, um, HE’S DEAD. (You remember: Brain tumor. Hawaii. Profanity on prime-time TV. Etc.) (What I didn’t remember: How ahead of the curve they were on that Israel Kamakawiwo’ole ukulele version of "Over the Rainbow." Nice.)

And yet, there it was, in our inboxes this afternoon: NBC ANNOUNCES GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER AND EMMY NOMINEE ANTHONY EDWARDS TO REPRISE HIS ROLE AS DR. MARK GREENE FOR ONE EPISODE OF ‘ER’ FOR ITS 15TH AND FINAL SEASON. (Caps NBC’s, not mine.)

Wow! Bombshell! And one that, I figured, would take some doing to work. But it turns out it’s happening the only way it possibly could — on November 13th, in an episode called "Heal Thyself," we’ll get a new flashback courtesy of the other big returning character, Mr. Noah "Dr. Carter" Wyle, whose story line, it turns out, will constitute the bookends of this show’s epic run. A call over to the network confirms that the flashback will take place in a time right before Mark’s second bout with the brain tumor, and give some insight into the past of Dr. Cate Banfield, a.k.a. "that lady Angela Bassett’s playing."

What do we think, ER fans? Yea or nay on the bringing people back from the dead here? Does this mean we can expect a Dr. Romano return, as well? Who else are you hoping to see back in ER‘s halls one final time? And honestly, if Clooney doesn’t show, how bummed will you be?

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  • Melinda65

    Well, having not watched ER for years, it doesn’t really matter to me if Clooney is there or not (but I would probably watch the episode he’s in, were he to return.) I’ll most likely try to catch this episode, since I miss “old-school” ER. As for Iz’s “Over the Rainbow,” I think of that episode of ER every time I hear it.

  • mgm

    I think of it too everytime I hear that song! I balled my eyes out when I saw that episode! I’m gonna love seeing Noah Wyle more that I would if I saw Clooney.

  • charles mann

    Hell, yeah, bring back Rocket Romano! He was one of the best things on ER, back when it was a show worth watching.

  • BJohnson

    All I can say is it better not be any St. Elsewhere crap. Or any made up flashback. Goose is dead! Greene is dead! Don’t drag us back to score good ratings at the end.

  • Babs

    Geez, how about a spoiler alert for those who don’t know the character died?

    *snerk* I couldn’t really keep a straight face on that one. I kid!

  • dave lowe

    I will defintely be there glued to my tv. His final episode where he died was only a couple of months after my father died of the same thing.

  • BrandonK

    How many people still watch this show?

  • Snarf

    Is this still on? (Sorry couldn’t help myself)

  • Kitty

    I still watch this show! Clooney showed up for Margulies’ exit, I bet he makes a cameo – he’s that kind of guy!

  • JENNIFER

    If Clooney doesn’t show, I will be way, way bummed. But I mostly like Mark, so I’ll tune in to watch him.

  • Martha

    I’d honestly be more excited to see A.E. return from the dead in “Top Gun 2: Grumpy Old Airmen.” Hey, kids, Goose didn’t *really* die in that accident, it was all a dream! Then he and Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer can all be retired Navy pilots hanging around Lauderdale or Virginia Beach and pinching waitress’ butts or something. Who’s with me? C’mon, it’ll be *awesome*.

  • Ceridwin

    Since Clooney didn’t return for Mark’s (best friend, remember?) funeral/memorial, I highly doubt he will be here now.
    But I say any and every oldtimer should return. I still love this show!

  • meredith

    I just rewatched the clip (so sad!) and I couldn’t remember or hear any swearing. Can anyone help me out?

  • mscisluv

    I’ve never seen a full episode of ER, but I would tune in just to see Clooney!

  • Ana

    I love ER!!! I will love to see that one… I’m a fan so, if Dr. Green comes back,Carter, & everybody they want to bring back…. I will love to see the story.

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