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Clooney returns to “ER” — did he bring his bedside manner?

March 13, 2009

george-cGeorge Clooney finally did put his scrubs on again for ”ER” — but only faithful viewers of the hospital drama would have known because of a curious lack of promotion over what had been a long-hoped for return by the show’s biggest star.

Clooney’s turn as (Dr Doug Ross) — still happily married to Nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Marguiles) — brought struggling NBC a welcome ratings boost. 

But how many more millions would have tuned in had they known that George  was putting in an appearance that night?

Robert Seidman  on the TV by the Numbers Web site  speculated that Clooney may only have agreed to do the show again if NBC promised not to use him for promotional purposes.  But Clooney’s people denied that, while NBC were tight-lipped.

For those that did catch a glimpse of arguably the world’s most eligible movie star  bachelor (SPOILER: bare-chested in bed)  was Dr Ross still in touch with his bedside manner? Or did he disappoint?

And will he be back again before the show’s cast deal with their final emergency on April 2? 

We’ve asked, but no-one’s saying.


How dense can you be? The reason many viewers did come back to watch the show was to see IF George Cluny would be there. Not telling built the curiousity factor. Otherwise many would have seen the trailers and said “oh look george is back” and not watched the show. By teasing us with NOT telling details but intimating his return with “everyone comes back” viewers were champing at the bit to find out. Take a little refresher class on marketing techniques for pete’s sake.

Posted by debby h | Report as abusive

They did a great job of working him into the show; it was as if he (or Julianna Margulies) had never left. You never got the sense you were watching “George Clooney, Superstar.” He was once again Doug Ross. All the old mannerisms, tone of voice, etc. It was so good to see Doug, Carol, Carter, and Benton again. Reminded me just how wonderful this show was in its glory days.

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