ER upgraded from critical to fair

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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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