Question: Do you think that any of ER's famous alums will come back before the show is done?

Answer: Actually, as NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly informed me at press tour, ER still has two more years left on its contract, so it'll be around at least until May '08. I was under the mistaken impression that this might be the show's final season. But I imagine when the end does come, producers will try to coax a few of their MVPs back, although the one most fans care about George Clooney is probably a long shot. Speaking of ER, casting is underway for a new surgical chief who bears a striking resemblance to a certain crabby doctor on Fox.