THIS WEEK ON ER... Feb.10th

Both Lucy and Carter will be shot while working in County General. Although Carter is injured, he survives while Lucy Knight dies in his arms, providing her exit from the show.

CLOONEY SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT: George Clooney told reporters in no uncertain terms that he has not been asked to return to ER for a limited run, despite reports to the contrary. "No one has contacted me, but I'd go back for $2 million an episode -- I'm not an idiot," he said. His remarks came during CBS's portion of the Television Critics Assocation press tour in Pasadena, CA. He added that he would love to revisit the show to help usher Julianna Margulies's character off the canvas later this spring, but not for just one scene. "[A return] would depend on what we were gonna do."

Wedding bells may call Clooney back to ``ER'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 (Reuters) - Actor George Clooney may return to ``ER'' for a season-ending wedding on TV's top-rated show, his spokesman said Monday.

Clooney's guest appearance for a marriage between his old character, Dr. Doug Ross, and nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) would cap one of the most storied romances in television history. It would also provide a dramatic climax to Margulies' planned departure from the NBC medical drama in May.

``Everybody would like it to happen,'' said Clooney's publicist, Stan Rosenfield. ``We're working toward the same conclusion ... but it hasn't been set yet. And his fee for doing it has not been set.''

Neither NBC nor the show's production company, Warner Bros. TV, would comment for this story.The tortured romance Ross and Hathaway in the emergency room at Chicago's fictional County General is a story arc that dates to the beginning of ``ER'' in 1994, and has continued even after Clooney left the show earlier this year.

In last month's Thanksgiving Day episode, Hathaway gives birth to twins fathered by Ross before he was written out of the script. According to the story line, Ross moved to Seattle after he was forced from his job at County General amid a euthanasia scandal, but Hathaway refused to follow him there because she was unwilling to leave behind relatives and her career as head nurse in Chicago.

Clooney, 38, has hinted at a possible return to ``ER'' since exiting the show to pursue his movie career on a full-time basis. And speculation escalated after Margulies, 33, recently decided to leave the cast at the end of this season, reportedly turning down a $27 million offer to extend her contract for two more years.

Margulies' upcoming departure will leave Anthony Edwards, Eriq La Salle and Noah Wyle as the only three leading members remaining from the original ensemble cast. The show ranks as television's top-rated program in prime time.

Reuters/Variety 20:27 12-06-99

And in order to contradict that article...

NY Daily News. 12/8 By Richard Huff

Contrary to some published reports, there are no plans as of yet to bring George Clooney back into the ER fold before the season is over.

Clooney, who left the medical drama last spring after his contract expired, has been the subject of numerous reports that he was coming back for at least one if not more episodes of the show this year.

The latest such wave of reports came this week, when word surfaced that show producers were concocting a wedding episode to reunite Clooney's Dr. Ross and Julianna Margulies' Nurse Hathaway.

Those reports were shot down yesterday by show executive producers John Wells and Lydia Woodward.

"We have had no conversation with George Clooney regarding his return to ER," they said in a joint statement read by a Warner Brothers spokesperson.

Moreover, a source said there's no talk of a marriage in the show's story lines this season, many of which are planned out month in advance.

"Everyone would like to do this, but there's been nothing consummated," said Clooney spokesman Stan Rosenfield. "There have been no formal talks about this."

In the past, both Clooney and ER producers have been clear in their desire to have him come back, though only if the right storyline can be developed and -perhaps more important -- if his movie schedule accommodates his doing so.

Clooney is currently in the final weeks of production on the big-screen film "A Perfect Storm".

Recently, Margulies, who is expected to exit the show in May, said it would be a fitting end to reunite Hathaway and Ross in the end.

"That's what she wants. That's what the viewers want to see," Margulies told us. "It would be a wonderful way to say good-bye to wonderful people on the show. [Ross] left wanting that, and ultimately she'll come around to see that, too."-