Goin’ home.

March 12, 2009



Charles Dickens said that when he finished writing “David Copperfield,” he felt if as someone had died. In a trivial way, I’m starting to feel that way about the approaching end of “ER.” I can’t explain my attachment to this show – especially in the past couple of  years which I have spent straining to hear at least every third word uttered by Parmindra Nagra, who could win the Emmy for mumbling – to go along with her Guinness entry for sustained angst. I don’t even like the show enough to ever watch a re-run – on TV, never mind on line. Now that the end is in sight, the producers have been bringing back former characters, including Noah Wiley, who had a contractual obligation to do the encore. If he had known he was going to wind up on dialysis, he might have been more careful with his fountain pen. Julianna Margulies and Maura Tierney are among those expected at the reunion. Anthony Edwards, Abraham Benrubi, and William Macy have already picked up their name tags. Smart money says George Clooney will be nowhere in sight. Meanwhile, my regular television viewing will have been reduced to “Seinfeld” reruns. For the rest, baseball in season and occasional TCM movies and PBS productions – such as that wonderful “American Masters” profile of Jerome Robbins – will have to do. “Gray’s Anatomy” and “Scrubs” are just not up to – or down to – my standards for medical shows. It’s a been a long run from “Medic” through “St. Elsewhere” and “Chicago Hope,” but now, I’m afraid, I’m a permanent outpatient.


2 Responses to “Goin’ home.”

  1. Patricia Says:

    What about “House”? I know you used to like that one…

    • charlespaolino Says:

      We liked “House” for a while, but eventually it seemed as if every week was the same basic story peppered with different transient characters. And as outlandish as the medical situations on “ER” can be, any doctor would have lost his license a long time ago – and probably would have gone to jail – if he behaved as Dr. House does. Meanwhile, George Clooney discredited me as an oddsmaker. He showed up on last night’s episode – in bed with Julianne Margulies, which was heartwarming. Ernest Borgnine and Susan Sarandon also were in the cast. And Eric LaSalle reprised his role. How will I live without them?

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