Noah Wyle: Still hot. And I told him so.

Librariannoahwyle_lYes, we’re all eagerly awaiting the return of Dr. John Carter, but before Noah Wyle checks in for ER‘s final four episodes (read what he has to say about that after the jump), he’s resurrecting another of his favorite characters: Flynn Carsen, the Indiana Jones-lite at the center of TNT’s Librarian franchise.

In the third made-for-cable caper, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice (premieres Dec. 7., 8 p.m.), overworked and unlucky-in-love Flynn travels to New Orleans for vacation, but ends up having to stop big bads who want to find and use the chalice to resurrect Prince Vlad Dracul and raise an army of vampires. (He must also make time to mack on the sexy chanteuse, played by Feast of Love‘s Stana Katic, who guards the cup. That, he does not mind.) Though the movie’s original tagline — "The world’s most unlikely hero is back for his final adventure" — was enough to break my colleague Alynda Wheat’s heart, Wyle assures us that Flynn will live to outwit, outsmart, and outspit-take another day, if fans want him to. "When I read that tagline, I was as surprised as everybody else," Wyle says. "And when I made my queries about it, I was told that this is a way of generating viewership and certainly not indicative of anybody wanting to see the franchise come to a close. In some fashion, whether on TNT or not — maybe on the big screen, maybe on a different channel — we’ll make more of these, assuming that the audience is there for this one. I think that will be the deciding factor across the board."

Should The Librarian franchise continue? I vote yes for two reasons: (1) It’ll give us another flimsy excuse to trot out our random 18 Wild Trips to the Library Stacks gallery. And (2) It’ll force me, a masochist, to relive this exchange…

EW: So in addition to being about an unlikely hero, these films are about an unlikely sex symbol. Who are some of your favorite unlikely sex symbols?
Wyle: [Laughs] It’s the word unlikely that I’m having trouble with. I think you either are a sex symbol or you’re not. Right?
Well, yeah. But, for instance, one wouldn’t necessarily think of a librarian as being sexy, however… you know… [Silence]
Wyle: Go ahead, finish your sentence. [Laughs]
EW: You’re like, "Say it! Say I’m hot! Say it!" Fine. I said it.
Wyle: Your words. Your words.

After the jump, ER comes full circle, and a trailer for the latest Librarian installment…

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As for his return to ER, Wyle has a rough idea of what’s in store for Carter. "Given that the pilot wasthe character’s first day on the job, there’s a nice sense of closureto having him come back in as the established authority and takeownership over the ER in some fashion. I assume that’s still in[executive producer John Wells’] thinking," he says. "The nicething about what John’s doing this year is he’s not relying on an easydevice to bring old characters back — like a funeral for a compatriot, orwe all hear that the hospital is closing so we all go and chainourselves to the front door or something silly like that. In the waythat he used Anthony [Edwards], it’s sort of a seamless and completely naturalway of bringing these characters back that keeps with the narrativethat they were involved with when they were with the show. I thinkthat is a lot more satisfying than sort of having a big finale. I think 19really well-executed episodes written to a focused end pointwill be the best way of sending the show off the air."

Wyle admits he hasn’t been afaithful viewer since he stopped being a series regular. "I watched maybe the first two episodesafter I left, and then, I described it as watching somebody else raisemy kids," he says, with a laugh. "I’m always a little too close to it, and tooemotionallyinvested in it. But it’s an odd thing: Even if you’re not on the showanymore, you’re still accountable to it. You still are answerable toit. And so, having it still be out there in the national consciousnessand not being a contributing factor is difficult. So I really amlooking forward to going back and having a hand in writing the lastchapter in what’s been the most defining job in my life."

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  • Kelly

    had a crush on Noah when ER first started and it has come flying back to me after seeing the promos for the Librarian. Yummo!

  • Melanie

    Smooth, very smooth Mandi!

  • BC

    I saw Noah Wyle and Jonathan Frakes (Riker on Star Trek the Next Generation) eating lunch one day at a New Orleans cafe. It was surreal!

  • Lucy

    Love Noah and I can’t wait for The Librarian :)

  • Anonymous

    That getup he’s rocking (powder blue suit) – is this “Young Matlock”? Doesn’t matter – he is hot.
    “It’s only fair to warn you, I’m a librarian…”

  • Winona

    This allegedly sexy librarian (or so Hubby tells me so) is looking forward to all this Noah Wyle action!

  • Dinosaur

    I must admit, the first 2 Librarians were tremendous fun. Looking forward to the 3rd, and hoping somebody will keep making movies like them.

  • Corinne

    I’ll admit it, I’ve seen the first 2 and I’ll probably see the last.
    I’ll always have a soft spot for Noah Wyle. I too had a crush on Carter, and I’ve always missed his character. I think Carter was my favorite, and as such, I haven’t been able to regularly watch or even pay attention to ER since he left.

  • Meg

    I knew that my unhealthy love for Noah Wyle had reached it’s peak of patheticness when I spontaneously wrote words to the ER theme song one night so many years ago. It started off with, “Shave the beard, shave the beard…” I have always LOVED him, but that beard hid too much of his yummy…

  • Casey

    John Carter, M.D., remains to this day one of my absolute favorite TV characters, and my slightly inappropriate crush on Noah Wyle has not waned even though I no longer get to see him every week. [insert dreamy sigh here]

  • celeste

    Oh Noah Wyle was my first celebrity crush…I still like hium so much… when Carter left ER I stop watching the series… is just wasn´t the same…
    Thank God he is back at least for 4 episode…

  • Mary

    I may be the only one who think they should have let the “John Carter” character die off a long time ago…All those boring episodes of “ER” where Carter is in Africa. On a similar note, though, it was awesome to see Dr. Green, Dr. Weaver, Dr. Romano, and Jerry on “ER” a few weeks ago!!

  • CindyC

    Dr. John Carter is still one of my favorite TV characters. He makes me cry harder than any other character ever has and probably ever will – and that is just massive in my book. When he left I tried to watch the show but just couldn’t, now I am very eagerly awaiting his return. I remember that during the Olympics (gymnastics I’m almost positive) NBC ran a promo of him walking back into he ER. It put me in tears and I’ve never been able to find it online. Thanks for the story, it was so great to hear him talk about this character and his return to all of us.

  • Ju

    I was 10/11 when ER came out and Noah was my first “celebrity crush”. A week from now I’ll be 26 and I still have the softest spot for him. :-)

  • Alex

    I used to watch ER when my parents watched it when I was a little kid and he was always my favorite character. I was so sad that he left and I flipped out when i saw that he was coming back.

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