David 10 Mar 2009 http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2009/03/09/2009-03-09_hospital_buzz_is_george_clooney_will_reu.html Hospital buzz is George Clooney will reunite with Julianna Margulies by Richard Huff NBC executives won't say anything officially, but every hint and whisper indicates Thursday night will mark the long-awaited reunion of George Clooney and Julianna Margulies on "ER." "We're not confirming anything," said a network spokesman Monday. However, in recent weeks, there have been enough clues from inside and out of NBC to suggest there's a very good bet one of TV's all-time great couples will be back on screen again this week. NBC's storyline listing for Thursday's show notes Margulies is a guest star, but there's no mention of Clooney. "If you're a fan of 'ER,' you won't want to miss this one," executive producer John Wells recently told People magazine. Clooney, who played Dr. Doug Ross, was last seen on the show in May 2000, when he showed up in a final scene in what was Julianna Margulies' last episode as Carol Hathaway. Clooney had exited the show a season earlier. All this season, the last for "ER," producers have brought back the stars of the show in guest roles. Noah Wyle is currently in the middle of a multi-episode arc. Anthony Edwards has been back. Eriq La Salle is back Thursday. And Alex Kingston and William H. Macy have already made visits. Clooney, by far, is the biggest star to come out of "ER" and getting him back is a big deal. "We originally said we weren't coming back because it sounded so cheesy," Margulies recently told TV Guide. "I didn't want to cheapen our beautiful ending." Initially, Thursday's episode was to be "ER's" last, however, NBC then ordered three more shows. The finale is now April 2. Despite their initial dismissal of a return, Margulies said she and Clooney eventually agreed to only come back as a team, and officially signed on once Wells produced a script. "John stayed true to what my feeling was about the characters," she said. "I worked with George for two days and we had an amazing time. You pick up a slice of their life now. It's very satisfying."