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Old 12-11-2003, 10:16 PM   #1
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ER. Televison can be good..

I don't know if anyone else saw this tonight, but ER was almost completely devoted to AIDS in Africa. It was a very moving episode that spoke to the issues of anti-retroviral drugs, it followed a woman and her family/husband, childeren dying of AIDS. She was pregnant and it talked about her getting the drugs to keep her upborn child from developing the disease. Noah Wiley, who plays John Carter on the show, had someone in the states write a prescription and send the drugs over to him for her. This episode covered everything Bono has been lobbying for in Washington, Canada and around the world. At least it's making it to primetime on one show. Anyway I thought it was great. If you have a chance to catch it in re runs, it's worth it.
NBC network deserves credit for this one..
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It was and unbelievable episode. It left my wife and I both in tears.
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It was a good episode, and Thandie Newton is a wonderful actress, eons better than Wyle in every scene.

The scene where she tells him to go home and yell at his government was very powerful.

As I said, not providing the promised funding is immoral. This episode is a great example of why that is true.
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Wow, really? Interesting.

Yay for "ER" devoting an episode to this! . Considering how many people watch that show...here's hoping they were all inspired.

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I saw it! Great episode! I hope Bono was watching.

In my opinion, they should have put some kind of notice at the end telling people where they could go for more information or to help. It was a very political episode anyway, so why not?
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It was a great episode and i emailed NBC and commended them on showing something that will do something to further the knowledge of the viewing public, rather then nonsense like reality TV.

It just shows us that TV can be informative and captavating at the same time!
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We looked at each other on the couch and wondered if Bono were going to suddenly appear....as Santa's elf....would not have fit I know....but....
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My sister called me to tell me about this, but I was too tired to stay up (and ER is too violent for me so I was wary ) but I'm glad to hear it was a successful episode..


I just have to add that, imagine if a larger number of TV shows used their popularity to promote these humanitarian issues? I'm not talking promote a politician.. but larger issues like AIDS in Africa, the environment, etc. It would be revolutionary. I've been thinking about this a lot actually, for instance how MTV, despite the oddball "informational" show, airs all sorts of shows that tolerates inequality and racism.
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West Wing did something similar while back, too. I was pleased. Toby (??) and Josh were helping an African president bargain with drug companies for cheaper AIDS drugs. I remember Toby saying he wanted to send him back with something because "He didn't send a delegation...I don't even think he has one." I was impressed!

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I just have to add that, imagine if a larger number of TV shows used their popularity to promote these humanitarian issues? I'm not talking promote a politician.. but larger issues like AIDS in Africa, the environment, etc. It would be revolutionary.
That would be amazing if that happened. It'd be the best way to get people's attention, that's for sure.

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I've been thinking about this a lot actually, for instance how MTV, despite the oddball "informational" show, airs all sorts of shows that tolerates inequality and racism.
Yeah, that's one thing I will give MTV major credit for. I've seen some of those "Fight For Your Rights" shows (particularly remember the Matthew Shepard one...that was interesting).

Also, I woke up around a little after 5 this morning, and my mom had left the Nickelodeon channel on, and when I woke up, I caught some of a Nick News special on AIDS in Africa. Linda Ellerbee had traveled down there and met some of the kids there who had AIDS or knew people with AIDS and whatnot. That was pretty neat, too.

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Sounds great-I taped it, I hope I didn't mess up my programming

It sure would be good if more TV shows would use their power for something like that. Now THAT'S a reality show
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In my opinion, they should have put some kind of notice at the end telling people where they could go for more information or to help. It was a very political episode anyway, so why not?
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I didn't see this but bravo to NBC for putting this on their show. This is really cool. It's possible to publicize worthwhile causes, like the AIDS crisis, without resorting to political slogans and creeds.
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Everyone please, if you can catch this in a re-run you MUST see it

The scene w/ the toy truck made me weep. Just watching a TV show about it is tough enough, I cannot imagine seeing it in person.

I hope ER makes this a running storyline, and if I can find a way to e-mail NBC about it I definitely will.

Bravo to ER!
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Yes indeed a great show , word is they will follow it up as they have been getting so much feedback from viewers.. I sometimes have to remember to keep my emotions in check when working on this emergency with different folks .. but this episode gave me an outlet.. not a dry eye in the house wow!!!So nice to see it highlighted on TV,It's great news
for those who wanted to e-mail .. you can send it just to the general ER address at ER@nbc.com <ER@nbc.com>
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word is they will follow it up as they have been getting so much feedback from viewers.
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The only thing that bothered me was her comments to the effect that this one family wasn't worth what he (Wyle) was doing to try to help them. I think her solution to use his money more efficiently was a great idea, but I think even one little boy or baby or mother is worth helping.....
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ER is and always has been a fantastic show. It won't be back on in Australia for another couple of months, but I will be sure to look out for this episode!
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Katey, where have you heard there will be a follow up episode?

I have access to ER scripts 5-6 episodes in advance and without spoiling things, I see no follow up yet, nor have I heard about it anywhere in ER online fandom (and they're very up to date).

I'd personally love another follow up with Thandie Newton's character, but I question whether NBC will do it, considering they have already filmed 3 such episodes outside the studio, the costs being high and a chunk of the audience preferring standard medical drama with an ensemble cast.

I hope you're on to something, though!
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There is no script for it yet.. that I know of .. it is in the planning stages fromy my source which are pretty reliable.. I can't say what an approximate air date may be.. there has been tremendous fan support which has pompted this. What the storyline will be or who will be in it I won't say or can't say.. It will be while that I am sure
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