Rumors of a St. Elsewhere reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Saturday (November 27) as reports claimed that NBC confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2022.
UPDATE 28/11/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 39 years since St. Elsewhere first aired?! (39 years, 1 month, 2 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did St. Elsewhere end?
When St. Elsewhere came to an end after 6 years in May 1988, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Dr. Jack Morrison (David Morse), Dr. Daniel Auschlander (Norman Lloyd) and Dr. Mark Craig (William Daniels). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a St. Elsewhere reunion disappoint people?
St. Elsewhere aired from 1982-1988 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But Lloyd said he's not sure if St. Elsewhere would work today. “I don't want to see old Dr. Daniel Auschlander,” he told a journalist (Lloyd turned 107 in November). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” he added.
Still hoping for a St. Elsewhere movie?
In a recent interview, Denzel Washington (who played Dr. Phillip Chandler) said he can't imagine a St. Elsewhere reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star David Morse has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a St. Elsewhere movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a St. Elsewhere film, Alfre Woodard stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a St. Elsewhere reboot?
Recasting St. Elsewhere for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a St. Elsewhere reunion, a St. Elsewhere movie, or a St. Elsewhere reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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