Chicago Hope

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Chicago Hope
Chicago Hope.jpg
Chicago Hope cast photo
GenreMedical Drama
Serial Drama
Created byDavid E. Kelley
Written byDavid E. Kelley
David Amann
and more...
StarringMandy Patinkin
Héctor Elizondo
Vondie Curtis-Hall
Barbara Hershey
Christine Lahti
Peter Berg
Mark Harmon
Thomas Gibson
Rocky Carroll
Adam Arkin
Lauren Holly
Jayne Brook
E. G. Marshall
Opening themeTheme from Chicago Hope
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes141 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Henry Bromell
Bill D'Elia
David E. Kelley
John Tinker
Location(s)Los Angeles, CA
Chicago, IL
CinematographyJames R. Bagdonas
Running timeapprox. 42–44 minutes
Production company(s)20th Century Fox Television
David E. Kelley Productions
DistributorCBS
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original runSeptember 28, 1994 (1994-09-28) – May 4, 2000 (2000-05-04)
Chronology
Related showsPicket Fences
 
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Chicago Hope
Chicago Hope.jpg
Chicago Hope cast photo
GenreMedical Drama
Serial Drama
Created byDavid E. Kelley
Written byDavid E. Kelley
David Amann
and more...
StarringMandy Patinkin
Héctor Elizondo
Vondie Curtis-Hall
Barbara Hershey
Christine Lahti
Peter Berg
Mark Harmon
Thomas Gibson
Rocky Carroll
Adam Arkin
Lauren Holly
Jayne Brook
E. G. Marshall
Opening themeTheme from Chicago Hope
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes141 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Henry Bromell
Bill D'Elia
David E. Kelley
John Tinker
Location(s)Los Angeles, CA
Chicago, IL
CinematographyJames R. Bagdonas
Running timeapprox. 42–44 minutes
Production company(s)20th Century Fox Television
David E. Kelley Productions
DistributorCBS
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original runSeptember 28, 1994 (1994-09-28) – May 4, 2000 (2000-05-04)
Chronology
Related showsPicket Fences

Chicago Hope is an American medical drama television series, created by David E. Kelley.[1] It ran on CBS from September 28, 1994, to May 4, 2000. The series is set in a fictional private charity hospital in Chicago, Illinois.[2]

Contents

Premise

The show starred Mandy Patinkin as Dr. Jeffrey Geiger, a hot-shot surgeon with emotional issues stemming from the psychiatric condition of his wife (played by Kim Greist), who drowned their infant son. Adam Arkin plays Dr. Aaron Shutt, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and Dr. Geiger's best friend. Thomas Gibson played Dr. Daniel Nyland, a promiscuous ER doctor and trauma surgeon who was later suspended due to him having an affair with a patient's family member and later was injured in a car crash. Dr. Keith Wilkes played by Rocky Carroll, often clashed with Nyland and was known for his back-to-basics and rough demeanor. He was good friends with Peter Berg's character, Dr. Billy Kronk. Kronk was known for his cowboyish demeanor and known to be very cocky, as showed in an episode where he cuts off a man's injured leg with a chainsaw in a scene where Kronk helps out at an accident site. Peter MacNicol, Hector Elizondo and Alan Rosenberg feature as the hospital's in-house attorney and chief of staff, respectively. Christine Lahti joined in the second season as a talented cardiac surgeon with a feminist chip on her shoulder, vying with Geiger for the chief of surgery position. She was known fighting in a custody battle with her malicious ex-husband and businessman, Tommy Wilmette. Mr. Wilmette did everything he could to get Austin to lose custody of their daughter. He purchased the hospital at the end of Season 2. Dr. Austin is suspened because she and her daughter go AWOL on a trip to New Zealand. Mr. Wilmette was upset because it took him three months to find his ex-wife and daughter. In Season 3, the doctors want Mr. Wilmette to sell the hospital and the doctors would run it. The doctors viewed that Wilmette didn't know how to run a hospital and cut too many costs that involved patient care. Mr. Wilmette later met with Senator Kennedy at the White House to talk about Healthcare Reform. In Season 2, Geiger resigns from Chicago Hope after trying to save Alan Birch from a deadly gunshot wound to his heart.

Geiger adopted Birch's baby daughter. Geiger later rejoins the doctors at the end of Season 5 when he becomes Chairman of the Board and fires half of the doctors. In Season 4, Dr. Shutt became a psychiatrist and temporarily lost his ability to operate after suffering from a brain aneurysm. In Season 6, Shutt returns to Neurosurgery and works alongside Carla Gugino's character, Dr. Gina Simon.[3]

Cast

ActorCharacterSeasons
Patinkin, MandyMandy PatinkinGeiger, JeffreyDr. Jeffrey Geiger1–2, 6 (Guest Appearances in 3-5)
Lahti, ChristineChristine LahtiAustin, KateDr. Kate Austin2–5
Arkin, AdamAdam ArkinShutt, Aaron Dr. Aaron Shutt
Berg, PeterPeter Berg[4]Dr. Billy Kronk1–5
Brook, JayneJayne BrookGrad, DianeDr. Diane Grad1–5
Carroll, RockyRocky CarrollWilkes, KeithDr. Keith Wilkes3–6
Curtis-Hall, VondieVondie Curtis-HallHancock, DennisDr. Dennis Hancock1–5
Edwards, StacyStacy EdwardsCatera, LisaDr. Lisa Catera4–5
Elizondo, HectorHector ElizondoWatters, PhilipDr. Philip Watters
Gibson, ThomasThomas GibsonNyland, DannyDr. Danny Nyland1–3
Gugino, CarlaCarla GuginoSimon, GinaDr. Gina Simon6
Harmon, MarkMark HarmonMcNeil, JackDr. Jack McNeil3–6
Hart, RoxanneRoxanne HartSchutt, CamilleNurse Camille Schutt1–2
Hershey, BarbaraBarbara HersheyAlberghetti, FrancescaDr. Francesca Alberghetti6
Holly, LaurenLauren HollyHanlon, JeremyDr. Jeremy Hanlon6
MacNicol, PeterPeter MacNicolBirch, AlanAlan Birch1–2
Maffia, RomaRoma MaffiaGiandamenicio, AngelaAngela Giandamenicio1
Marshall, E.G.E.G. MarshallThurmond, ArthurDr. Arthur Thurmond1
Rosenberg, AlanAlan RosenbergBrickman, StuartStuart Brickman6
Sheridan, JameyJamey SheridanSutton, JohnDr. John Sutton2
Stoltz, EricEric StoltzYeats, RobertDr. Robert Yeats5
Edwards, Monique Monique EdwardsCanyon, LaurelNurse Laurel Canyon2–6

Reception

The pilot episode of Chicago Hope was broadcast the day before NBC's ER in a special Sunday, 8 p.m. time slot. After the first week, however, the two Chicago-based hospital dramas went "head to head" in their primetime 10 p.m. Thursday night slot. ER was the victor: its first season proved a ratings winner. Despite receiving critical acclaim, Chicago Hope was shifted to 9 p.m. Thursdays, and ultimately to Monday nights in 1995 in a bid for higher ratings, while ER remained in its time slot.

Chicago Hope remained in the Monday slot and performed well, with ratings peaking at 11.9, with a 20 share. In the second season, however, Kelley and Patinkin decided to leave the show. The show was moved to Wednesdays at 10 p.m. in 1997 to make room for the Steven Bochco drama, Brooklyn South, on Mondays. In 1999, both Kelley and Patinkin returned, with a revamped cast now including Barbara Hershey and Lauren Holly, but excluding Lahti, Peter Berg, Jayne Brook, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Stacy Edwards. CBS also moved the show back to Thursday nights, against NBC's Frasier and ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The show was canceled in May 2000.

In 2007, former co-stars Rocky Carroll (Dr. Keith Wilkes); Mark Harmon (Dr. Jack McNeil) and Lauren Holly (Dr. Jeremy Hanlon) worked together on the series NCIS. Holly left the show after three seasons, while Harmon and Carroll remain with the cast today. In addition, Carroll has a recurring role as his NCIS character, Director Leon Vance, on that series's spin off, NCIS: Los Angeles. Jayne Brook (Dr. Diane Grad) has guest starred on NCIS as well.

Nielsen ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Chicago Hope.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.

SeasonTimeslot[nb 1]Season premiereSeason finaleTV seasonRankingViewers
(in millions)
1stThursday, 10:00 p.m.September 18, 1994May 22, 19951994–19952911.2[5]
2ndMonday 10:00 p.m.September 18, 1995May 20, 19961995–19962411.4[6]
3rdMonday 10:00 p.m.September 16, 1996May 19, 19971996–19973010.2[7]
4thWednesday 10:00 p.m.October 1, 1997May 13, 19981997–1998398.9
5thWednesday 10:00 p.m.September 30, 1998May 19, 19991998–1999739.9
6thThursday 9:00 p.m.September 23, 1999May 4, 20001999–2000629.4

Production

With the exception of some infrequent on-location scenes, the vast majority of Chicago Hope was filmed on sound stages at the studios of Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, located in the Century City area of Los Angeles.

Episodes

Chicago Hope aired for six straight seasons and 141 episodes.

Crossovers

Fyvush Finkel and Kathy Baker appeared as their Picket Fences characters in the first season. Likewise, Mandy Patinkin and Hector Elizondo brought their Chicago Hope characters to Picket Fences that year. Both Adam Arkin and Lauren Holly had previously appeared on Picket Fences as a lawyer and as a deputy sheriff, respectively.

Mandy Patinkin appears in an uncredited role as Geiger in a 1994 episode of Homicide: Life on the Street. Chicago Hope producer John Tinker shot this footage as a favor to his St. Elsewhere colleague Tom Fontana.[citation needed]

Chicago Hope characters crossed over to Early Edition early in that show's run. Rocky Carroll, Jayne Brook, and Hector Elizondo all guest-starred in scenes taking place in the hospital.

DVD releases

Revelation Films has released the first three seasons of Chicago Hope on DVD in Region 2 (UK) for the very first time.[8][9][10] Season 4 was released on March 18, 2013,[11] season 5 will be released on September 16, 2013[12] and season 6 on November 18, 2013.[13]

DVD NameEp#Release dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
Season One22N/AMarch 5, 2012N/A
Season Two23N/AJuly 23, 2012N/A
Season Three26N/ANovember 5, 2012N/A
Season Four24N/AMarch 18, 2013N/A
Season Five24N/ASeptember 16, 2013N/A
Season Six22N/ANovember 18, 2013N/A

Firsts

The series broke a network television taboo by showing a teenager's breast after her character underwent reconstructive surgery. This was generally seen as relevant to the subject matter and went relatively uncriticized.[citation needed]

On November 18, 1998, Chicago Hope became the first regular series episode to be broadcast in HDTV.[14] The episode was entitled "The Other Cheek".

Awards

Over its six seasons, Chicago Hope was nominated for many accolades and won several, including seven Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.

Emmy awards

YearAwardRecipient
1995Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesMandy Patinkin
1995Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a SeriesTim Suhrstedt for the episode "Over The Rainbow"
1996Outstanding Individual Achievement in Casting for a SeriesDebi Manwiller
1996Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Drama SeriesJeremy Kagan for the episode "Leave Of Absence"
1997Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesHector Elizondo
1998Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesChristine Lahti
1998Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama SeriesRussell C. Fager, R. Russell Smith, and William Freesh for the episode "Brain Salad Surgery"

International airings

In the UK, seasons 1 and 2 originally aired on BBC One. More recently, all seasons of the show have been shown on ITV3. Starting on September 3, 2007, it began airing on Zone Romantica in the UK and Ireland. In Australia, the series originally aired on The Seven Network. In Germany the first seasons were shown in the 1990s. In Hungary, the series aired on Viasat3.In Indonesian,the series originally aired on RCTI,Starting From January 1999 Ended From August 2001

In popular culture

Notes

  1. ^ Times listed are Eastern time

References

  1. ^ "Some say the exciting plots of 'Chicago Hope' lack medical accuracy. But the drama's creator says caution is exercised-and that people know too much to be fooled. : False Hope? - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1995-04-03. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  2. ^ September 17, 1994 (1994-09-17). "TV Reviews : 'Chicago Hope' a Medical Melodrama - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  3. ^ October 13, 1994 (1994-10-13). "'ER' vs. 'Hope': Which Medicine Is Easier to Swallow? - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  4. ^ "Peter Berg: A Man of Action and Words : Television: His dual life as actor and screenwriter has put him in a state of enjoyable overload. He's on 'Chicago Hope' and has a production deal for his screenplay. - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1995-04-08. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  5. ^ "TV Ratings > 1900's". Classic TVHits.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  6. ^ "TV Ratings > 1900's". Classic TVHits.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  7. ^ "TV Ratings > 1900's". Classic TVHits.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  8. ^ "Chicago Hope- Season 1". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  9. ^ "Chicago Hope- Season 2". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  10. ^ "Chicago Hope- Season 3". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  11. ^ "Chicago Hope- Season 4". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  12. ^ "Chicago Hope- Season 5". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  13. ^ "Chicago Hope- Season 6". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  14. ^ CEA: Digital America – HDTV[dead link]
  15. ^ "EpisodeGuides.com, Chicago Hope Season Three, 3.05 "Liar, Liar"". Episodeguides.com. 1996-10-14. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 

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