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ER bosses secure Anthony Edwards return for final season

Anthony Edwards as Dr Mark Greene in ER

Story by Jack Foley

AS PREVIOUSLY predicted, Anthony Edwards is to reprise his role as Dr Mark Greene in the final series of long-running US medical drama ER.

Dr Greene, who died in 2002 from a brain tumour, will appear in flashback form with both past and current characters, NBC has confirmed.

Edwards will appear in an episode called Heal Thyself, during which he will share scenes with series newcomer Angela Bassett, who is joining for the final season, as well as some former favourites.

The popular actor is due to film his scenes next week with a view to them being aired in America on November 13, 2008.

The confirmation of Edwards’ return will be viewed as a major coup for the series makers as they seek to pin down a few more of the show’s best-known stars – although it is not yet known whether George Clooney, who shot to fame playing Dr Ross, will make an appearance for the final run.

It is also hoped that Clooney’s on-screen love interest, Julianna Margulies, will also return as Nurse Hathaway – the two were last seen together being reunited following Margulies’ departure in 2000.

However, another of the show’s famous faces, Noah Wyle, has already confirmed that he will make a comeback for four episodes of the final series.

ER, set in the fictional Chicago County General Hospital, was the top-rated show on US TV for several years following its debut in 1994 – but ratings have recently dipped.

Having won an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series in 1996, it does continue to attract some of the biggest names in entertainment for guest appearances, including – most recently – the likes of Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, James Woods and Hal Holbrook.

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