22 March, 2009

"Post-Mortem: ‘ER’ Is Remembered Fondly"

New York Times:

"There are so many versions about what happened at the pilot screening for NBC, but this is what I remember. Warren Littlefield [the president of NBC Entertainment] came out and said, “We’re never going to put it on the air.” Les went crazy and started yelling, saying we were going to test it ourselves. We called NBC after we tested it, and they didn’t believe our results. So we suggested a focus group. That went so well they then tested it. I was shocked at the results. It was the best-testing show they’d ever had." John Wells

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4 comments:

terraling said...

Stopped being essential viewing a while ago, though I have such fond memories of it, might have to tune in for the last few episodes.

It took some trawling through the episode guides on TV.com to locate my favourite episode. My God, I must be old, it was season 6. It's a mark of the quality of the show that skimming the episode guides I found myself recalling many of them. Or it's a mark of how sad I am.

Any road up, the favourite episode was S06E13, I'm tracking it down now to watch it again to see if it stands the test of time. I'm getting all goose-pimpley thinking about it. Can you imagine creating a show that does that to people? That's a script I'd like to get my hands on.

Robin Kelly said...

I'm going to come out of the closet and risk ridicule: I've kept watching ER and think it's almost always been brilliant.

Most of the writers on the show are my favourites ever, producing awesome work.

If such fine writing was on a trendier show I think people would be having orgasms but on a medical show on the worst performing network, after several seasons and when all the stars have fucked off, it doesn't get the attention it deserves.

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