ER upgraded from critical to fair

Don't pull the plug on ER just yet. The popular program, which is currently in its 14th season, just got some good news. Variety is saying that NBC is in talks to keep the medical drama alive for one more year.

The show was thought to be on its last legs and was expected to end its long run this season, but in light of the writers strike, that may all change. The storied series, which has netted a record 120 Emmy nominations in its run, will likely now get the proper farewell season that it has earned.

ER is expected to shoot about six more episodes for this season, and, in an unusual turn, immediately film four more episodes for next season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The trade publication also says the show has cast two new characters for the remainder of this season and possibly to carry over into next. The Sopranos' Aida Turturro will play a survivor of a car accident, and David Lyons will play a new doctor who just happens to be devastatingly handsome.

NBC has yet to make an official announcement on ER's fate. For more on ER, read TV.com's previous coverage.

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I love ER...i've seen every episode. I originally started watching on TNT and since then I've been hooked. I will agree it isn't as good as the early days but for the farewell I hope they figure a way to bring back all the old cast and especially Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) and maybe even Doug and Carol and Elizabeth (George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, and Alex Kingston)...they all made the show great and should be in the finally and even annoying old Dr. Weaver should be there.......It is a sad day when ER leaves but at least i'll have House
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i cant see this happening, i cant take abby and luka gone before the show its over, im just not happy about it...if the show has to end it has to end.. .but dont just kill the characters that made this shot what it is, like they were fictional people!!!
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I love watching ER - but this seasoan and the prior season weren't too great. However, a show that has run for 14 years deserves a proper farewell. I just hope that they make a truly fantastic final season - one that brings all the greatness of ER back.
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I actually just recently started watching ER, but I fell in love with it. I just hope in season 15 they bring back Ray/Shane b/c the relationship b/t him and Neela is what hooked me. They need to right what they wronged at last season's end. I love this show!!!
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ER will be back for a 15th season and the thats it. I hope it gets a proper ending.
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I love ER. It has been on for a long time but it is dtill good to me. I hope they keep it!
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I been watching ER since it came on in 94 and I hope it doesn't end! I look forward to watching this show every week. I even TiVo it on TNT everyday its on so I can watch the old ones. I really hope it doesn't end this season. Case that would be a bad way to go out! And if they end the show they should end it right with a full final season not one that was cut in half by a stupid strike!
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I love this show to much that they shouldn't stop...I wonder whats going to happen between Abby and Luka?
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I started watching E.R six months ago and there is alot to catch up on so I wouldn't mind it ending.
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Its time for ER to end I never get to watch it anymore
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have to agree. its not pulling anymore new material..
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We've watched ER since it started and it hasn't been ER for many years now. The occasional great episode can't make up for the constant plot rehashing and poor attempts at revival. It's Flat Lining now... please respect the DNR
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This show is Awful! So overly dramatic all the time... this show makes me want to slit my wrists... I can't believe it's going to come back again...
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it's good to be good final in this show.
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I keep watching this show, but i would really like it if Noah Wyle (carter) would come back, he was such a big part of the show,it isn't the same without him. I hope it stays.
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Although I don't think these last couple of seasons were nearly as strong as the other years. I am glad to hear that the network is going to extend it for another season, so the show can get a real ending, and not just be cut short with a crappy last second finish due to the strike that haulted it. As a fan for the entire run of the show I'm glad it will get a chance at a good finish.
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ER was pretty good for the first 8 years because the characters were so interesting. However I think the should became weak after Anthony Edwards left. Then after Noah Wyle left it almost made me question the point in watching the show? The shows become so formulaic and kind of like a parody of itself. Plus in most cases if one of the Doctor makes friend with a character, chances are that you see that same character being wheeled on a gurney.
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Supprised to see that the show is still currently airing. I stopped watching the show so long ago Chicago Hope was still airing.
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Ah. I've probably missed 3 episodes in total and just love the show, but I have to say... after Mark died... or after Carter finally left - hasn't been so great, even there's been some good characters and storylines. I always hoped this show would stop while they are on top and still have some dignity. 12th season would have been great to end with. I hope they can now give rest to this wonderful show.
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ER has really had some great eps in the last few years...Last season's finally was a HUGE let down, but I have faith in the show to produce the good stuff!
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I stopped watching ER when Mark Green died, there seems to be too much cast turnover now and all the old favorites are long gone
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I quit watching ER - too much cast turnover.
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this show is still on? Geez!
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yes love this show
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ER does deserve a proper farewell so I'm all for one more season.
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I loved the old esisodes, i found it like 2 years ago, watched all of the first 10 seasons or so ob tnt and then started watching the current episodes when i caught up, well i stopped watching it, i went from every episode to every other to every once in a while to none. that goes to show what happened to the show. the mark green, george clooney, juliana marg. days were def. the best.
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I'm not really sure it should continue. I have watched from the very beginning faithfully until last season. Then only every other week it seems. If they end it they should really send it off with a bang.
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I LOVE love love this show. if it was up to me it would never end ! (im a big fan of all medical shows) but ER deserves a proper send off a show thats run for 14 (so far!) seasons and has got 120 emmys deserves a well rounded finale.
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It deserves an ending season. So many fans of the show that have stuck with it, and many that didn't. Either way, it should have an ending season.
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Its time for ER to end.
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House is the best medial drama and Greys is battling House while ER is flatlining.
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It's really time to just let the show die. How long can NBC afford to keep this albatross around their neck? They could've avoided this by ending it a few years ago.
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Whatever the ratings, it had earned a send-off season.
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I still like ER but I never get to watch it anymore. Thursdays are just not a good night for me. There is just too much fun to be had! I wish they'd put it online.
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No!!!!
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