Star-Bulletin Features

Saturday, February 9, 2002

‘ER’ to film 1 show here

By Tim Ryan

The popular NBC TV series "ER" appears headed to Hawaii for a week to film one episode.

Warner Bros. executives are scouting Oahu for late March or early April filming, according to a spokesman.

The Hawaii episode may be a continuation of a story line from the last two shows.

In "Damage is Done," characters Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) and his wife Dr. Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston) are terrified when their baby daughter is brought in, suffering from an accidental overdose of Ecstasy she found in their teen daughter's backpack.

In "Seven Sinners," the couple argue after Corday orders stepdaughter Rachel (Halee Hirsh) out of their home.

Hawaii would be where the distressed family comes to repair the relationships.

"ER" won an Emmy Award as Outstanding Drama Series in 1996 and has been the top-rated drama for each of its eight seasons. The show also stars Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Goran Visnjic, Maura Tierney, Paul McCrane, Ming-Na, Sherry Stringfield and Sharif Atkins. Only part of the cast may be in the Hawaii episode.

Film and TV production in Hawaii so far this year is off to a dramatic start. Imagine Entertainment's "Surf Girls" has been filming on Oahu since December and is expected to spend about $14 million here.

Besides "ER," other productions include:

>> Revolution Studios' $70 million "Man of War" starring Bruce Willis begins pre-production next week for filming from March 15 through June 30.

>> "Five Stones," a $12 million film starring Val Kilmer, soon begins filming on Maui.

>> Two other Oahu-based television productions are in development: The series "Kahala Bay" by "Baywatch" co-creator/producer Greg Bonann and brothers Jim and John Thomas, who wrote "Behind Enemy Lines," "Wild Wild West" and "Predator." Also, the adapted novel "Diamond Head," by author Chuck Knief, is being considered as a movie of the week.

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