(May 12, 2003 – New York, NY) – NBC has extended the network’s current deal with Emmy Award winning series “ER” (Thursdays, 10-11 p.m. ET) for two additional years, assuring that the popular television drama will remain on NBC through its 12th season in 2005-06 it was announced by Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Entertainment. Said Zucker, “‘ER’ recently celebrated its landmark 200th episode and has never been stronger creatively. We are thrilled to have secured its critical spot on our Thursday night line-up where, after so many years, it continues to thrive.” “We are delighted to be part of the phenomenal success that is “ER,” said Peter Roth, President, Warner Bros. Television. “This two year pick-up is yet another affirmation of the enormous value that this show holds to our studio, the network and to our audience. “We couldn’t be more delighted that NBC continues to show support in ‘ER’ after these many years,” said John Wells, Executive Producer and Creator of “ER.” “We’re honored by their faith in the series.” A winner of the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, the series has also earned 20 Emmy Awards and 104 nominations, as well as the People’s Choice Award as Favorite Television Dramatic Series every year it has been on the air. Also, the cast has won four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Drama Series. “ER” was named Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy Awards in 1996. “ER” is tied for number one this season among all dramas in adults 18-49, and has defeated its time period competition combined in that same demographic this season. “ER” has been the number one drama or tied for number one during all nine of its seasons on NBC. “ER” is a production of Constant c Productions and Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Television. Creator Michael Crichton, Wells and Lydia Woodward are executive producers. Members of the media can get more information about NBC and its programming on the NBC Media Village Web site at www.nbcmv.com.
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