After 15 Seasons, Final 'ER' Episode Airs Thursday

The fictional nurses and doctors in the television drama ER are taking off their scrubs for the last time. After 15 seasons, NBC is pulling the plug on the show Thursday night. ER had a huge impact on TV dramas because of the way it was written and filmed. The camera swept around the cluttered, crowded and low-ceilinged hospital.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's last word in business is the last episode of "ER."

(Soundbite of "ER Theme")

INSKEEP: The fictional nurses and doctors in the television drama take their scrubs off for the last time tonight. After 15 seasons, NBC is pulling the plug. "ER" had a huge impact on TV dramas, because of the way it was written and filmed. The camera swept around that cluttered, crowded, low-ceilinged hospital and the camera fell in love with rising stars like George Clooney, who played pediatrician Dr. Ross in the early seasons.

(Soundbite of TV show, "ER")

Mr. GEORGE CLOONEY (Actor): (As Dr. Ross) And if you do prefer football players…

Ms. JULIANNA MARGULIES (Actor): (As Nurse Hathaway) You had your chance.

Mr. CLOONEY: (As Dr. Ross) I was young, I was a fool.

Ms. MARGULIES: (As Nurse Hathaway) You're still a fool.

INSKEEP: But not so young, like the series. After all those years, "ER" remains popular - but not as cheap to produce as the Jay Leno primetime show that will replace it. Think of it as just one more casualty of the high cost of health care.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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