Saturday, October 12, 2019

Interview with Kim Miyori

An interview with Kim Miyori, who played Dr. Wendy Armstrong on seasons one and two of St. Elsewhere.

Kim Miyori on People Now with Bill Tush in 1983.
I found this clip on YouTube the other day. It's an interview with Kim Miyori from a talk show called People Now, hosted by former TBS and CNN entertainment reporter Bill Tush. The interview took place in between seasons one and two, after the show had been saved from cancellation. Miyori also discusses her guest appearance with Tom Selleck on an episode of Magnum P.I.

The YouTube clip, from a VHS tape, fast forwards through the clip from "Family History", which was the first episode that featured Wendy. I presume it was because clips from season one aren't allowed on YouTube due to copyright restrictions.

Some interesting tidbits from the interview:
  • The producers thought Kim Miyori was "too pretty" for the part, so she attended her final reading without makeup and wearing glasses.
  • Miyori aspired to become a doctor, but pursued acting instead.
  • Wendy's story in "Family History" involved her diagnosing a patient with Gaucher's Disease, a rare genetic disorder mostly found among Ashkenazi Jews. This led to a viewer discovering the cause of her grandson's undiagnosed bleeding disorder.

Here's the clip:

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

St. Elsewhere on CHCH-TV

Attention, residents of Ontario, Canada: Hamilton's CHCH-TV, available on most cable systems in Southern Ontario, is now running episodes of St. Elsewhere weekdays at 2 pm, starting with the pilot episode on Tuesday, September 24.

A few years back, CHCH changed its daytime programming format to "Retro TV"--i.e. showing reruns of old shows, like most local TV stations used to do. St. Elsewhere replaces Starsky and Hutch in the 2 o'clock time slot.

And if you're a fan of other classic MTM shows, CHCH will be running Hill Street Blues in the 4 pm time slot, starting September 30.


Link to the CHCH promo page:
https://www.chch.com/st-elsewhere/

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Interviews with St. Elsewhere Creator Joshua Brand

From TelevisionAcademy.com's interview on YouTube, here are two clips of Creator Joshua Brand discussing St. Elsewhere.

Though they didn't remain with the series very long, St. Elsewhere was created by the writing team of Joshua Brand and John Falsey, who would later go on to success with the quirky comedy-drama, Northern Exposure. Before the end of season one, the duo had been saddled with the nicknames, "Dr. Death and Mr. Depression," and were no longer involved with the show's production.

In the first clip below, Joshua Brand tells the story of how St. Elsewhere came to be. In the second clip, he explains why his involvement in the show was short-lived.

Joshua Brand on Creating "St. Elsewhere":



Joshua Brand on Why He Left "St. Elsewhere":



Tuesday, February 12, 2019

New Page: Classic Promos for St. Elsewhere

Tune in to enjoy some dying patients.
Thanks to the efforts of nostalgic TV viewers on YouTube, you can watch old promos for upcoming episodes of St. Elsewhere. I have compiled them into a new page added to the main menu bar, "Promos".

Most of them are from NBC broadcasts, and include promos for other classic shows. I am particularly amused by the presence of the short-lived Geena Davis-Bronson Pinchot sitcom, Sara.

Here's a promo for the series finale to get you started on your trip down memory lane:

New Site Feature: Episode Pages

If you've clicked on this website over the past two days, you may have noticed that I've been making posts that are titled with episode titles and contain a description of the episode.

The purpose of this is to populate the Episode Guide with individual pages for each episode. I've added a link to each of these posts in the Episode Guide page, and this enables those who are watching the series on Hulu to post comments on an episode-by-episode basis. If and when I have time, I can go back through these pages and add trivia and comments myself.

Monday, February 11, 2019

"E.R."

Description: The residents worry over who will be asked to return for third year. The Craigs miss the "Doctor of the Year" award dinner. Fiscus obsesses over a locked door. Martin drops by for a visit. Auschlander fears death as Halley's Comet blazes overhead. A mugging victim named Boston Massachusetts waits for treatment in the E.R.

Originally aired May 7, 1986.

Watching St. Elsewhere on Hulu or elsewhere? Feel free to comment on this episode below.

"The Last One"

Description: A plane crashes into the hospital. The Craigs' reconciliation faces a major test when Ellen is offered a job in Cleveland. Auschlander and Gideon work together to save St. Eligius when Weigert decides to pull out. Novino pushes Morrison to decide between her and Joanne. Griffin places his future in God's hands. Ehrlich returns from his odyssey. Fiscus's last ER patient is an opera singer with laryngitis. The hospital is revealed to be a figment of Tommy Westphall's imagination.

Originally aired May 25, 1988.

Watching St. Elsewhere on Hulu or elsewhere? Feel free to comment on this episode below.

"The Abby Singer Show"

Description: An ebullient Novino pursues Morrison. Fiscus tries to revitalize his mother's life. Rosenthal returns to duty. Wade tries to help a dying child deal with her bitterly divided parents. Turner returns and helps Chandler make a decision about his future. The Oseranskys return to take Lucy, worried about her missing husband, to the 'Doctor of the Year' dinner, which gets interrupted by a fire.

Originally aired May 18, 1988.

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"Split Decision"

Description: Brett Johnston's parents visit. Rosenthal waits for her release while her roommate runs away. Luther proposes to Penny. Craig returns to work and plans an ambitious and risky multiple organ transplant.

Originally aired May 11, 1988.

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