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Checking back in to St. Elsewhere on ichannel

In television on 09/23/2010 at 2:14 pm

Denzel Washington before he went all Hollywood heavyweight, Howie Mandel before he went all game-show host, Ed Begley Jr. before he went all enviro and David Morse before he went all bad-guy…

The great 1982-88 medical drama St. Elsewhere is back on TV. If, that is, your cable package allows access to ichanne (Bell and Videotron look like they have it; Shaw, with their showy, braggardly access to AMC and Mad Men, can look for themselves; oh all right they get it too). I will be contacting my cable provider to reshuffle my a-la-carte channel selection (one of the few only perks to Videotron’s digital service).

You have until Sept. 30 to fall into step. Here’s the good-news press release from a hard-working communications type named David Todd. And yes, I’m too busy to paraphrase for you.

Before ER, before Grey’s Anatomy or House M.D., there was ST. ELSEWHERE: the ground-breaking, Emmy Award-winning medical drama that helped to change the face of prime time television.

ichannel, Canada’s political and social issues network, is the ONLY place to catch episodes of this now-legendary series: Thursdays at 10 pm and 1 am ET / Sundays at 8 pm and 11 pm ET.

Set at Boston’s fictitious St. Eligius, a run-down teaching hospital in a tough part of town, St. Elsewhere won critical acclaim for complex characterizations, dark humour, risk-taking storylines that dealt with taboo subjects like assisted suicide and AIDS, and a stellar ensemble cast featuring the likes of Denzel Washington, Ed Begley Jr., David Morse, Mark Harmon, Helen Hunt and Bruce Greenwood.

Next Week: SEASON TWO PREMIERE: “Ties That Bind”

Thursday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 3

An abrasive man (guest star Alan Arkin) drives into the E.R. — literally — to get help for his wife (guest star Piper Laurie); Ehrlich (Ed Begley Jr.) finds an unusual girlfriend at the laundromat; and Dr. Craig (William Daniels) clashes with the newly appointed city comptroller over his proposed heart transplant for schoolteacher Eve Leighton (guest star Marian Mercer).

Denise Duguay

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