For all those small or large rumors and gossip about cast
members and plot lines...
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keep me informed!
Rumor To Reality
- The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER reports Mandy Patinkin (Chicago Hope)
will star as Quasimodo in TNT's production of THE HUNCHBACK
OF NOTRE DAME.
- VARIETY reports PICKET FENCES producer David E. Kelly is
working on a sitcom pilot for NBC which will star FENCES
stars Fyvush Finkel and Ray Walston as two relatives living
together whose lives become complicated with the
introduction of a young woman.
- David Kelly is also working on a legal drama for ABC called, "The
- Chicago Hope has officially been renewed for a third season by CBS!
The CBS fall line-up will be announced May 2nd.
- Read the CBS Press Release about the
April 29th, and May 6th episodes. Warning: Contains Spoilers
- Mandy Patinkin's return episodes will air April 29th and May 6th
- Peter Berg wrote episode 21, which will most likely air in April or
- Mia Sara (Kronk's ex-"girl"friend) will be returning for the 16th
episode, "Women on the Verge"
- Dan Lauria (the transplantee in "Transplanted Affections") will return
for episode 15, "Hearts and Minds"
- Chicago Hope has been greenlighted for 6 episodes next fall
- Sandra Bernhard will appear in the 14th episode (directed by Adam Arkin)
as a replacement lawyer. Unclear if this is a one-time guest shot or a
recurring role. Bernhard doesn't have a long-term contract, so it appears
as if it was a one-time deal. She got the role by talking to Adam Arkin
in a coffee shop, and mentioning she would like to appear on the show.
Arkin took her up on her offer.
- David E. Kelley has written a feature film, which will star Michelle
Pfeiffer, and is currently being filmed in North Carolina. The film
is entitled "To Gillian on her 37th birthday"
- Chicago Hope was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Drama
category (unfortunately no nominations for Best Actor/Actress)
- Peter MacNicol appeared in Dracula: Dead and Loving It
(opening December 22), as Renfield.
- From Mandy himself: He will appear in two upcoming episodes, probably
the 12th and 13th. One appearance confirmed by David Kelley to be on
- Stephen Furst, of St. Elsewhere fame, will join the cast as a
veterinarian December 11. According to J.M. Straczynski (writer/exec-prod
Babylon 5), the appearance will only last two episodes. (Stephen Furst
plays Vir on Babylon 5).
- David E. Kelley has an agreement to produce four one hours dramas, two
with ABC, and two with Fox.
- David E. Kelley will also no longer be involved with the show on a day
to day basis, and John Tinker will
be the exec. producer.
- David E. Kelley's drama, The Pastor's Wife, didn't get picked up
- The rumor mill continues about next season's cast. A variety of
sources (USA Today and Washington Post) confirm that CH is indeed negotiating with Mark Harmon about
joining the cast next season (Mark Harmon has experience with medical
dramas having been on St. Elsewhere (working with John Tinker)) -- although
nothing has been signed yet. Jamey Sheridan is almost certainly not coming
back, and Roxanne Hart will be leaving (although whether she will return for a
few episodes at the beginning of next season or just disappear is a question
mark). The two sources disagree as to whether or not Mandy Patinkin will
return for more appearances next season, and USA Today says there's talk of
Christine Lahti not returning next season either.
- Entertainment Tonight seems to confirm the Mark Harmon rumor, stating
that TV Guide says Mark Harmon will join the CH cast in the fall.
- A rumor based on hearsay and questionable sources: Roxanne Hart and
Jamey Sheridan are definitely not coming back next season, and Vondie
Curtis-Hall may or may not be back depending on a meeting with the
producers and his agent. The rumor goes on to say that Mark Harmon (!) will
join the cast next year.
- The National Enquirer (a wholly reputable source of gossip...) says that
Roxanne Hart has been fired due to a largely inflated ego on the set.
An "insider" claims she was difficult to work with, and would yell orders
on the set. Her publicist (according to Enquirer) confirmed she has left the
show, but said she was not fired.
- Ron Silver is in negotiations to become a recurring regular on
Chicago Hope, playing the man we love to hate, Tommy Wilmette. Maybe
he will buy the hospital...
- According to Entertainment Weekly, the following actors/characters may or
may not return next season: Jayne Brook, Roxanne Hart, Thomas Gibson, and
Vondie Curtis-Hall. John Tinker (exec. prod.) says he feels that 9 is large
for an ensemble drama -- he'd probably prefer around 6. Although nothing
has been set in stone yet, it's possible we may lose some more CHers.
- A weird rumour that Peter MacNicol's departure from CH was not as
rosy and mutual as previously heard (quoted from MG):
"...the Peter McNichol
departure did not really come at his request. He was whining due to the fact
the David Kelley was not writing a majority of the scripts, and also he was
getting a little cocky. Kelley got wind of this, said, "O.k. Peter, I'll write
the next one", and promptly wrote his ass off the show. To smooth things over,
it was a "mutual" decision, but beleive me, it wasn't."
- Read some spoilers for the season
finale from TV Guide.
- John Tinker claims that a Peter MacNicol return is not entirely
ruled out (!!), saying: "Peter's got some ideas for his return, and I do too,
and it wouldn't involve dreams or ghosts or anything like that" (!!)
- Sutton will be involved in a money scam, and involve both Grad and
Hancock in the scam (remember the way he put Grad's name on a grant
application without her approval?)
- A possible sexual harassment suit for Austin
- Look for a Watters romance in February.
- Apparently Sutton's introduction to the cast came down from above,
Leslie Moonves, because he felt that the Austin character wasn't enough to
offset Patinkin's departure. Jamey Sheridan, who plays Sutton, is
disappointed with his lack of character so far.
- According to TV Guide (11/25), Kathy Najimy (Sister Act) will
appear on several upcoming episodes of Chicago Hope as a psychiatrist
who treats Dr. Shutt (Adam Arkin). She will be a manic-depressive
psychiatrist named Barbara Konstadt.
- Hancock will get a love interest
- Camille and Aaron will be on again/off again
- Aaron and Kate will be a more "two steps forward, one step back" type
relationship (a la Geiger and Infante???)
- Rumors persist that Geiger will return for an episode near the end
of the season. TV Guide says that Mandy will indeed return for TWO
episodes at the end of this season!
- Peter MacNicol may work with DEK on another series in the future
Presented by Francis Robert Walters (HeyWizard@aol.com), a friend of Mandy's...
March 12, 1996
I spoke to the management office the other day, and although he's quite busy,
he's got a message to call me. (He usually takes about 3 days or so.) From
what I've gathered, he recently left Ohio from his tour, and is moving on to
Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and then back to Philadelphia (where I will see
him, hopefully have dinner, and relay your message...maybe even get you and
autographed picture!) He'll be off to shoot an episode or two for Chicago
Hope in late March or early April, and that should air come late April or
May. By the way, one Chicago Hope episode takes about 3 days to shoot. So
that's what I know so far.....the "latest."
Rumor To Reality
- For those of you with severe Alan Birch withdrawal, Peter MacNicol
will appear in NBC's upcoming TV movie: "Abducted: A Father's Love":
already aired (Peter MacNicol played an FBI agent in pursuit of Chris
Noth's character, the father).
- Expect Austin to be embroiled in a child-custody suit, since she
puts in so many hours at the hospital. Ron Silver will play Austin's
ex-husband: Austin lost the custody suit, and only has her daughter
on the weekends.
- In a shocking episode, "Leave of Absence," both Peter MacNicol
and Mandy Patinkin left the show. The character Alan Birch was killed,
and Geiger took a leave of absence, taking care of Alicia, Alan's
- Jamey Sheridan joined the cast as Dr. John Sutton
- Aaron and Kate Austin indeed are beginning something -- of course, what,
is anyone's guess.
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