Maura Tierney knows when to fold ’em

The TV Guide blog reports that sometime next
season, Maura Tierney will be leaving her long stint as nurse-turned-doctor Abby
Lockhart on the workhorse medical drama ER.

Although Tierney asked the writers to kill off
her character, that doesn’t appear likely to happen if she and onscreen mate
Goran Visnjic are going to jointly exit the show. But whatever she does, I will be
thoroughly charmed — I always am. Comedy, drama, celebrity
poker: I’m completely entranced by her, like a cat watching three feathers attached to
a bit of string lashed to a birch switch.