Angela Bassett is set to scrub into the “ER”

She’s already been a private dancer, now Angela Bassett will be in private practice. OK, fine, it’s more like general practice. The Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress will join the fifteenth and final season of ER in the fall.

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The move marks a transition for the 49-year-old actress from the big to the small screen. TV has previously been the domain of Angela’s husband, Courtney B. Vance, a veteran of both Law & Order: Criminal Intent and State of Mind.

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Angela will play an attending physician who is returning to Chicago after working the past few years in Indonesia tsunami relief. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Her arrival in the second episode next season promises to shake County General’s ER to the core.”

Unlike The Linster, I haven’t been a regular ER patient watcher for quite a while now. In fact, Maura Tierney and Goran Visnjic are the only regulars I remember from back when I used to tune in at the end of my Thursday night Must-See TV block. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the current cast – particularly Linda Cardellini and Parminder Nagra. But I guess there are just so many times you can see someone scream “STAT!” over a crash cart.

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Producers have said that Angela’s character has a tough side that hides a troubled past. Will her addition lure me back? It just might. I’ve been a huge fan since her star-making turn as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It. Plus if she wears a lot of sleeveless tops in the ER, then I’ll be the one in need of a crash cart, STAT.

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So, will Angela’s addition make it worth one more visit to the ER for you?