Question: Got any ER scoop for next season? — Kenneth

Ausiello: John Stamos was in talks to join the cast as a new doctor — that is, until ABC went and renewed his struggling dramedy Jake in Progress. "I've been friends with [ER exec producer] John Wells a long time," Stamos told me yesterday at ABC's upfront shindig at New York's Lincoln Center, "but my first commitment is to Jake in Progress. I'm very happy to be here at ABC." (Very smooth, John.) ER, meanwhile, is on the prowl for another big-name actor to fill Noah Wyle's scrubs.