In next week's issue of TV Guide, Wyle tells columnist Will Keck that "From what I heard, George said, 'absolutely,' schedule permitting," about returning to the show. That's totally opposite from everything we've heard from Clooney's camp till now, though the producers have said they hoped he would return.
The group of returning cast members keeps on growing: Eriq LaSalle (Peter Benton) will meet up with Wyle's John Carter for an episode that will air in the Spring: "As a result of [Carter’s] once near-fatal stabbing, which led to my subsequent drug addiction, I come back from Africa requiring additional medical treatment for my one remaining kidney. I’m embarrassed to get treatment at County General, so I go up to Northwestern to get my dialysis up there, and that’s where Dr. Benton spies my name on a patient list and comes to pay me a visit," Wyle told TV Guide. LaSalle is also directing an episode of the series.
Meanwhile, Anthony Edwards returns as Mark Greene in a flashback for the Nov. 13 episode, and Laura Innes, Paul McCrane, and Alex Kingston are also on the list of returning actors. Clooney and Julianna Margulies are among the only ex-County General folks who have yet to confirm a return, so tell me: Is it time they give in and agree to give us a glimpse into Doug and Carol's life?