Dr. Corday/Alex Kingston gets the boot from ER

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by Jeff*S*C*, Jun 8, 2004.

  1. Jeff*S*C*

    Jeff*S*C* Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2002
    Messages:
    290
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    By Associated Press

    June 7, 2004, 1:52 PM EDT


    LONDON -- Alex Kingston says she's being axed from "ER" for being too old.

    The British actress, who plays Dr. Elizabeth Corday on the long-running medical drama, said she was recently told that after seven years on the show, her contract would not be renewed.

    In an interview with Radio Times magazine, Kingston, 41, said the program was increasingly focused on young characters, "and apparently I, according to the producers and the writers, am part of the old fogeys who are no longer interesting."

    "In that respect it's a shame. It's fine to have young med students, but you need to have figures of authority, people of different ages, races, shapes and sizes," she said.

    Kingston said being let go "was a shock and obviously upsetting, but it's just your ego that's upset. Then I got over it."

    Kingston, who starred as a warrior queen in the British drama "Boudica" last year, said she plans to return to Britain for film and television work

    "Scariness comes from not knowing whether I can do it any more, because I've been playing one role for so long," she said. "Admittedly, I've done little bits and pieces, but I'm very excited about getting back to the U.K."



    It's a shame really but her role had become limited since Anthony Edwards left.
     
  2. Raasean Asaad

    Raasean Asaad Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2002
    Messages:
    962
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I remeber when they let her be sexy and she had a little spark, but now they weren't dong much with er character at all. I wonder what tragedy will befall her character, seems like thats the only way to leave ER these days.
     
  3. Michael St. Clair

    Joined:
    May 3, 1999
    Messages:
    6,001
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    They don't know how to write for her character. Personally, I think the solution is to hire better writers. They also didn't know how to write for Kellie Martin, who may not be the best actress they've had on the show but is certainly capable of more than the annoying character they created for her...
     
  4. Ray H

    Ray H Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2002
    Messages:
    3,482
    Likes Received:
    16
    Trophy Points:
    610
    Location:
    NJ
    Real Name:
    Ray
    I like her character but I agree that she hasn't had much to do in the last season. Heck, it seems like short little cameo appearences at times. I found the article a little unclear. Is she coming back for next season?
     
  5. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Studio Mogul

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1999
    Messages:
    38,761
    Likes Received:
    485
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    It's the curse of sleeping with Stephen Saunders...
     
  6. Chad R

    Chad R Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 1999
    Messages:
    2,180
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    110
    Real Name:
    Chad Rouch
    The episode where Kellie Martin died was the last good episode they had. It never recovered.

    Alex Kingston should be glad to leave.
     
  7. Michael St. Clair

    Joined:
    May 3, 1999
    Messages:
    6,001
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0


    I agree...anybody who isn't glad to leave has got to be there for the paycheck. The show borders on a parody of its former self.
     
  8. WillG

    WillG Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2003
    Messages:
    6,078
    Likes Received:
    390
    Trophy Points:
    9,110


    I read somewhere else that she'll be back for about four episodes or so next season.

    Shall we start taking bets on how she'll die?
     
  9. Ken Chan

    Ken Chan Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 1999
    Messages:
    3,301
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Drive-by helicopter shooting
     
  10. Tim Fennell

    Tim Fennell Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2002
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Is this show still on? I used to watch regularly but it has become less of a hospital show and more of a soap opera in a hospital.
     
  11. Joseph DeMartino

    Joseph DeMartino Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    8,311
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    5,610
    Location:
    Florida
    Real Name:
    Joseph DeMartino
    Man, I thought this season was the last one. And I had no idea that they'd killed Kellie Martin off. (The last death I watched was Romano's) Somebody stick a fork in this turkey, it's done!

    Joe
     
  12. Chris

    Chris Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 1997
    Messages:
    6,788
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    She will be stung by a mosquito over the summer and doesn't think about it. Then, in the OR, she begins to complain of neck pain. Finally, she collapses on the floor, goes into arrest and coma.

    Not realizing her symptoms, an intern provides her with heavy medication.. that worsens her sickness. She interprets her symptoms as a blood sugar problem, when in fact.. duh duh duh.. it's West Nile Virus.. Corday's coma becomes permanent and she is left a vegetable.

    Either something like that or, another good one: she gets mugged by a patient she is treating who runs her over in his car as soon as she gets off work. To make it more unusual, his car is a beefed up go-cart.
     
  13. WillG

    WillG Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2003
    Messages:
    6,078
    Likes Received:
    390
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    My money is on a satellite falling from space right onto Corday.
     
  14. Rob Lutter

    Rob Lutter Producer

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2000
    Messages:
    4,523
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I think she'll just move back to London.
     

Share This Page