Friday, January 18, 2019

William Daniels Interview

William Daniels, St. Elsewhere's Dr. Mark Craig, discusses the show in an interview about his career.

The Television Academy Foundation has posted an interview with William Daniels from August, 2017. On YouTube, the interview is conveniently broken down into clips, but you can watch the whole thing on the Television Academy Foundation website.

Here are the links:

William Daniels complete interview at

YouTube playlist of selections from the interview.

It's all good, but for St. E related stuff, check out:

  • On working with his St. Elsewhere castmates
  • On working with an advisor while preparing to play Dr. Craig
  • On winning his first Emmy award
  • On why St. Elsewhere resonated with viewers
  • On St. Elsewhere being canceled after the first year
  • On shooting walk and talks on St. Elsewhere
  • On getting cast in St. Elsewhere
  • On doing medical jargon on St. Elsewhere
  • Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels on playing a married couple on St. Elsewhere
  • On their separation storyline on St. Elsewhere
  • On Bonnie joining the cast of St. Elsewhere

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Replica St. Eligius Snow Globe

The Queen Of Snow Globes has created a replica of the snow globe from the series finale.

The Queen of Snow Globes's
stunning replica of the
legendary series finale
Thanks to Jim Mitchell for this tip... Leah Andrews, the Queen of Snow Globes, has described a custom snow globe project that was requested of her: a reproduction of the snow globe from the final scene of St. Elsewhere's series finale.

Follow the link above to read about her process for creating the snow globe. The video link in the article was to my YouTube video of the final scene, which perished along with the rest of the videos in my channel. As you may know, the final scene of St. Elsewhere depicts autistic child Tommy Westphall staring into a snow globe containing the St. Eligius hospital building, and it is suggested that the entire series was a figment of Tommy's imagination as he spent his days staring into the globe.

Want one for yourself? According to her comment at the bottom of the post, the Queen of Snow Globes can duplicate her work on this gem as a custom project for $1000 USD.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Happy 104th Birthday, Norman Lloyd!

The St. Elsewhere Experience is delighted to extend belated birthday greetings to living legend Norman Lloyd, St. Elsewhere's Dr. Daniel Auschlander, who turned 104 years old this past Thursday, November 8.

Apparently, Lloyd was the target of a recent internet death hoax, as reported by MediaMass. We are happy to report that he is alive and well.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

St. Elsewhere Complete Series Available on Hulu

Finally, something resembling an official release of seasons two through six of St. Elsewhere.

A big thanks to John DiMaggio for this tip--evidently, video streaming platform Hulu is now carrying the complete series of St. Elsewhere.

I live in Canada and can't access Hulu, so if anyone cares to leave comments as to the quality and completeness of the episodes, that would be awesome. In particular, I'm wondering if the episodes are the full 48-minute episodes, and if the background music is still intact.

Here's a news clip from 2017 about the deal between Hulu and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution. This is the first bit of movement on releasing St. Elsewhere since the first season DVD came out over a decade ago.

Update, November 10: Good news! According to our commenters, the episodes are full-length, and the original background music (soundalikes of pop songs, that is) has been preserved, which wasn't the case with the season one DVD release.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Norman Lloyd at the World Series

St. Elsewhere veteran and Hollywood living legend Norman Lloyd attended the World Series in Los Angeles--91 years after his first. And he just turned 103.

Sorry to miss the day itself, but happy belated birthday greetings to Norman LloydSt. Elsewhere's Dr. Daniel Auschlander. He celebrated his 103rd birthday on Wednesday.

Before that, Lloyd made headlines when he attended game two of the World Series, where his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros (who eventually prevailed in seven games). Here's the story from ESPN:

A boy's return to the World Series 91 years later

Lloyd was raised in Brooklyn, and became a Dodgers fan after his first trip to Ebbets Field in 1927. But the year before, he watched Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the New York Yankees beat the St. Louis Cardinals in game one of the 1926 World Series, a few weeks shy of his 12th birthday.

In Keith Olbermann's ESPN profile linked above, Lloyd is quoted from an earlier interview where he discussed being a Dodgers fan. "They were awful, but I loved them. I have ever since. After all, they followed me to Los Angeles after I moved here."

People Magazine picked up the story as well.

Monday, June 19, 2017

R.I.P. Stephen Furst, St. Elsewhere's Dr. Elliott Axelrod

St. Elsewhere alum and Animal House actor Stephen Furst has passed away at age 63.

Sad to report the passing of Stephen Furst, who joined St. Elsewhere in season two as a recurring character, playing a medical student, and then joined the main cast for season three onwards. The cause of death is reported as complications from diabetes.

Furst is probably best known for his pre-St. Elsewhere role as the naive fraternity pledge Flounder in the great college movie, National Lampoon's Animal House. He later appeared on Babylon 5 in the 90s, and worked extensively as a voice-over actor.

Here are a couple of news stories from elsewhere on the web:

Animal House actor, Stephen Furst, dead at 63

R.I.P. Stephen Furst, from Animal House and St. Elsewhere

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

My videos are gone!

You may have noticed--the YouTube channel that once supported this website has been terminated. Busted for copyright violation. So any post that contains a video that's not working has been affected by this development.

One hopeful note out of this--rather than originating from the previous owners, Fox Home Entertainment, these violation notices were filed by Warner Bros. Entertainment. I can only hope they were going after these videos because WB is planning some sort of full-series DVD release sometime soon.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

R.I.P. Sagan Lewis, St. Elsewhere's Dr. Jacqueline Wade

The actress and wife of showrunner Tom Fontana passed away from cancer at age 63 on August 7.

The St. Elsewhere Experience is saddened to report the passing of actress Sagan Lewis, who played Dr. Jacqueline Wade on St. Elsewhere on all six seasons of the show.

Jackie and Sagan were personal favourites of mine. I love that they expanded her role over the course of the series. I also once found a discussion thread somewhere where two women discovered they were both named Sagan after Sagan Lewis. I wonder how many more there are?

Lewis was 63, and last year re-married her ex, St. Elsewhere writer/producer/showrunner Tom Fontana. Our prayers are with her family and friends at this time of mourning.

Variety - Sagan Lewis, 'St. Elsewhere' actress, Dies at 63

Entertainment Weekly - Sagan Lewis, St. Elsewhere star, dies at 63