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''ER'' gets a cast shake-up

Gloria Reuben is set to leave the NBC medical drama, as Ming-Na Wen plans a return

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Seems even TV’s No. 1 show is due for some minor surgery. Look for faltering NBC juggernaut ER — which lost 16 percent of its viewers last season — to make some staff changes in the fall. According to sources close to the series, Gloria Reuben — who plays multiple-malady-stricken nurse Jeannie Boulet — is in talks to exit during the season. The producers are now debating how she’d be written out. Meanwhile, first-season resident Ming-Na Wen — who left the show to join NBC sitcom The Single Guy (somebody needs a new agent, stat!) — is set to don her ER scrubs again. A spokesperson for the series refused to comment, saying only, ”We’re still working things out.” Plans are confirmed, however, to add an elder voice of wisdom to the hospital staff. Donald Sutherland and Sidney Poitier were considered, ”but it’s not going to happen with them,” says the spokesperson. ”We’re still trying to cast that character.”