Chicago Hope (1994–2000)

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Chicago Hope (TV Series 1994–2000)

Television medical drama in soap-opera style. Surgeons Jeffrey Geiger and Aaron Shutte battle valiantly for their patients, often coming into conflict with the hospital administration, run by Dr. Phillip Watters. Their cases are usually ethically complex, highly sensationalistic, and very melodramatic. Meanwhile, Jeffrey and Aaron, who are best friends, commiserate about the shambles their tumultuous personal lives have become....
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IMDb   6.8 /10
TheMovieDb    7.8 /10
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FilmAffinity   5.9 /10
Creators
Creator David E. Kelley
Information
Release Date1994-09-18
Runtime1h 0min
GenreDrama, Mystery, Thriller
Content RatingTV-14 (TV-14)
AwardsWon 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 17 wins & 108 nominations.
Company20th Century Fox Television, David E. Kelley Productions
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Adam Arkin
Adam Arkin
Dr. Aaron Shutt 141 episodes, 1994-2000
Dr. Phillip Watters 141 episodes, 1994-2000
Dr. Billy Kronk 106 episodes, 1995-1999
Dr. Dennis Hancock 104 episodes, 1995-1999
Dr. Diane Grad 103 episodes, 1995-1999
Dr. Kathryn Austin 97 episodes, 1995-1999
Dr. Keith Wilkes 96 episodes, 1996-2000
Dr. Jack McNeil 95 episodes, 1996-2000
Dr. Daniel Nyland / ... 70 episodes, 1994-1998
Dr. Jeffrey Geiger 60 episodes, 1994-2000

Chicago Hope

Chicago Hope is an American medical drama television series, created by David E. Kelley. It originally aired on CBS from September 18, 1994, to May 4, 2000. The series is set in a fictional private charitable hospital in Chicago, Illinois.


Overview

The show starred Mandy Patinkin as Dr. Jeffrey Geiger, a hot-shot surgeon with emotional issues stemming from the psychiatric condition of his wife (played by Kim Greist), who drowned their infant son. Adam Arkin plays Dr. Aaron Shutt, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and Geiger's best friend. Thomas Gibson played Dr. Daniel Nyland, a promiscuous ER doctor and trauma surgeon who was later suspended due to his having an affair with a patient's family member and later was injured in a car crash. Dr. Keith Wilkes played by Rocky Carroll, often clashed with Nyland and was known for his back-to-basics and rough demeanor. He was good friends with Peter Berg's character, Dr. Billy Kronk. Kronk was known for his cowboyish demeanor and known to be very cocky, as showed in an episode where he cuts off a man's injured leg with a chainsaw in a scene where Kronk helps out at an accident site. Peter MacNicol, Alan Rosenberg, and Héctor Elizondo feature as the hospital's in-house attorneys and chief of staff, respectively. Christine Lahti joined in the second season as Dr. Kate Austin, a talented heart surgeon with a chip on her shoulder, vying with Geiger for the chief of surgery position. She was known fighting in a custody battle with her malicious ex-husband and businessman, Tommy Wilmette, played by Ron Silver. Mr. Wilmette did everything he could to get Austin to lose custody of their daughter. He purchased the hospital at the end of Season 2. Dr. Austin is suspended because she and her daughter go AWOL on a trip to New Zealand. Mr. Wilmette was upset because it took him three months to find his ex-wife and daughter. In Season 3, the doctors want Mr. Wilmette to sell the hospital and the doctors would run it. The doctors viewed that Wilmette didn't know how to run a hospital and cut too many costs that involved patient care. Mr. Wilmette later met with Senator Kennedy at the White House to talk about Healthcare Reform. In Season 2, Geiger resigns from Chicago Hope after trying to save Alan Birch from a deadly gunshot wound to his heart.

Geiger adopted Birch's baby daughter. Geiger later rejoins the doctors at the end of Season 5 when he becomes Chairman of the Board and fires half of the doctors. In Season 4, Dr. Shutt became a psychiatrist and temporarily loses his ability to operate after suffering from a brain aneurysm. In Season 6, Shutt returns to Neurosurgery and works alongside Carla Gugino's character, Dr. Gina Simon.


Episodes

Chicago Hope ran six seasons, airing a total of 141 episodes.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122September 18, 1994May 22, 1995
223September 18, 1995May 20, 1996
326September 16, 1996May 19, 1997
424October 1, 1997May 13, 1998
524September 30, 1998May 19, 1999
622September 23, 1999May 4, 2000

Crossovers

Fyvush Finkel and Kathy Baker appeared as their Picket Fences characters in the first season. Likewise, Mandy Patinkin and Héctor Elizondo brought their Chicago Hope characters to Picket Fences that year. Both Adam Arkin and Lauren Holly had previously appeared on Picket Fences as a lawyer and as a deputy sheriff, respectively.

Mandy Patinkin appears in an uncredited role as Geiger in a 1995 episode of NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street. Chicago Hope producer John Tinker shot this footage as a favor to his St. Elsewhere colleague Tom Fontana.

Chicago Hope characters crossed over to Early Edition early in that show's run. Rocky Carroll, Jayne Brook, and Héctor Elizondo all guest-starred in scenes taking place in the hospital.


Characters

NamePortrayed byOccupationSeason
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Aaron ShuttAdam ArkinNeurosurgeonMain
Phillip WattersHector ElizondoHospital Chief of StaffMain
Jeffrey GeigerMandy PatinkinSurgeonMainRecurringMain
Danny NylandThomas GibsonE.R. DoctorMainDoes not appear
Camille ShuttRoxanne HartNurseMainDoes not appear
Alan BirchPeter MacNicolHospital AttorneyMainDoes not appear
Arthur ThurmondE.G. MarshallMainDoes not appear
Angela GiandamenicioRoma MaffiaMainDoes not appear
Billy KronkPeter BergE.R. DoctorGuestMainDoes not appear
Dennis HancockVondie Curtis-HallClinic PhysicianGuestMainDoes not appear
Diane GradJayne BrookInternal Med/Research ScientistGuestMainDoes not appear
Kate AustinChristine LahtiCardiac surgeonDoes not appearMainDoes not appear
John SuttonJamey SheridanOB/GYNDoes not appearMainDoes not appear
Keith WilkesRocky CarrollE.R. DoctorDoes not appearMain
Jack McNeilMark HarmonOrthopedic SurgeonDoes not appearMain
Lisa CateraStacy EdwardsNeurosurgeonDoes not appearMainDoes not appear
Robert YeatsEric StoltzDoes not appearMainDoes not appear
Gina SimonCarla GuginoNeurosurgeonDoes not appearMain
Francesca AlberghettiBarbara HersheyCardiac SurgeonDoes not appearMain
Jeremy HanlonLauren HollyPlastic SurgeonDoes not appearMain
Stuart BrickmanAlan RosenbergHospital AttorneyDoes not appearMain

Production

With the exception of some infrequent on-location scenes, the vast majority of Chicago Hope was filmed on sound stages at the studios of Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, located in the Century City area of Los Angeles.

Firsts

The series broke a network television taboo by showing a teenager's breast after her character underwent reconstructive surgery. This was generally seen as relevant to the subject matter and went relatively uncriticized.

On November 18, 1998, Chicago Hope became the first regular series episode to be broadcast in HDTV. The episode was entitled "The Other Cheek".

Mark Harmon's character uttered the word "shit" during a trauma. Little criticism was made.


Broadcast

Domestic reruns

Reruns of Chicago Hope aired on Pop from 2010 to 2012. OWN also aired reruns of Chicago Hope on a semi-regular basis.

International

In the UK, seasons 1 and 2 originally aired on BBC One. More recently, all seasons of the show have been shown on ITV3. Starting on September 3, 2007, it began airing on Zone Romantica in the UK and Ireland. It was also shown on Sky One in the UK and Ireland in its prime time slots. In Australia, the series originally aired on The Seven Network. In Germany the first seasons were shown in the 1990s. In Hungary, the series aired on Viasat3. In Indonesia, the series originally aired on RCTI, starting from October 1998 ended from July 2002. As of November 2013 it is airing on UK Freeview/Freesat/Sky/Eutelsat 28A/Virgin Media/WightFibre television channel True Entertainment.


Home media

Revelation Films has released all 6 seasons of Chicago Hope on DVD in Region 2 (UK) for the very first time.

DVD NameEp#Release dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
Season One22N/AMarch 5, 2012N/A
Season Two23N/AJuly 23, 2012N/A
Season Three26N/ANovember 5, 2012N/A
Season Four24N/AMarch 18, 2013N/A
Season Five24N/ASeptember 16, 2013N/A
Season Six22N/AJuly 21, 2014N/A
The Complete Collection141N/ADecember 14, 2015N/A

Reception

The pilot episode of Chicago Hope was broadcast the day before NBC's ER in a special Sunday, 8 p.m. time slot. After the first week, however, the two Chicago-based hospital dramas went "head to head" in their primetime 10 p.m. Thursday night slot. ER was the victor: its first season proved a ratings winner. Despite receiving critical acclaim, Chicago Hope was shifted to 9 p.m. Thursdays, and ultimately to Monday nights in 1995 in a bid for higher ratings, while ER remained in its time slot.

Chicago Hope remained in the Monday slot and performed well, with ratings peaking at 11.9, with a 20 share. In the second season, however, Kelley and Patinkin decided to leave the show. The show was moved to Wednesdays at 10 p.m. in 1997 to make room for the Steven Bochco drama, Brooklyn South, on Mondays. In 1999, both Kelley and Patinkin returned, with a revamped cast now including Barbara Hershey and Lauren Holly, but excluding Lahti, Peter Berg, Jayne Brook, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Stacy Edwards. CBS also moved the show back to Thursday nights, against NBC's Frasier and ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The show was canceled in May 2000.

In 2007, former co-stars Rocky Carroll (Dr. Keith Wilkes); Mark Harmon (Dr. Jack McNeil) and Lauren Holly (Dr. Jeremy Hanlon) worked together on the series NCIS. Holly left the show after three seasons, while Harmon and Carroll remain with the cast today. In addition, Carroll has a recurring role as his NCIS character, Director Leon Vance, on that series's spin off, NCIS: Los Angeles. Jayne Brook (Dr. Diane Grad) and Stacy Edwards have also guest starred on NCIS as well.

Thomas Gibson would later star alongside Patinkin in the highly successful Criminal Minds, as well as Shemar Moore who was a guest star on Chicago Hope during Season 4. Patinkin later left the show early in its third season.

Nielsen ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Chicago Hope.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May Nielsen ratings.

SeasonTimeslotSeason premiereSeason finaleTV seasonRankingViewers
(in millions
of households)
1stThursday, 10:00 p.m.September 18, 1994May 22, 19951994–19952911.2
2ndMonday 10:00 p.m.September 18, 1995May 20, 19961995–19962411.4
3rdMonday 10:00 p.m.September 16, 1996May 19, 19971996–19973010.2
4thWednesday 10:00 p.m.October 1, 1997May 13, 19981997–1998398.9
5thWednesday 10:00 p.m.September 30, 1998May 19, 19991998–1999739.9
6thThursday 9:00 p.m.September 23, 1999May 4, 20001999–2000629.4

Awards and nominations

Over its six seasons, Chicago Hope was nominated for many accolades and won several, including seven Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Awards.

Emmy awards

YearAwardRecipientResult
1995Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama SeriesNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesMandy PatinkinWon
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesHector ElizondoNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesLou Antonio for "Life Support"Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a SeriesTim Suhrstedt for the episode "Over The Rainbow"Won
Outstanding Editing for a Series – Single Camera ProductionLori Jane Coleman for "Pilot"Nominated
Randy Roberts for "The Quarantine"Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama SeriesDavid Kirschner, Robert Appere, and Kenneth R. Burton for "Internal Affairs"Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme MusicMark IshamNominated
1996Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama SeriesNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a SeriesDebi ManwillerWon
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesChristine LahtiNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesHector ElizondoNominated
Priimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesJeremy Kagan for the episode "Leave Of Absence"Won
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesRichard PryorNominated
Michael JeterNominated
Rip TornNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesCarol KaneNominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a SeriesKenneth Zunder for "Leave of Absence"Nominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series – Single Camera ProductionJim Stewart for "Leave of Absence"Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a SeriesMary Ann Valdes, Dione Taylor for "Right to Life"Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a SeriesNorman T. Leavitt, Coree Lear, Bari Dreiband-Burman, & Thomas R. Burman for "Quiet Riot"Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme MusicMark IshamNominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama SeriesRussell C. Fager, R. Russell Smith, Greg Orloff for "Quiet Riot"Nominated
1997Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama SeriesNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesChristine LahtiNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesHéctor ElizondoWon
Adam ArkinNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesAlan ArkinNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesIsabella RosselliniNominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Series – Single Camera ProductionJames R. Bagdonas for "A Time To Kill"Nominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series – Single Camera ProductionAlec Smight, Mark C. Baldwin, Augie Hess for "Days of the Rope"Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a SeriesNominated
1998Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesChristine LahtiWon
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesBill D'Elia for "Brain Salad Surgery"Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesHector ElizondoNominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series – Single Camera ProductionAlec Smight for "Brain Salad Surgery"Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Series – Single Camera ProductionJames R. Bagdonas for "Brain Salad Surgery"Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama SeriesRussell C. Fager, R. Russell Smith, and William Freesh for the episode "Brain Salad Surgery"Won
1999Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesChristine LahtiNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesMandy PatinkinNominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Series – Single Camera ProductionJames R. Bagdonas for "Home Is Where The Heartache Is"Nominated

Golden Globe Awards

YearAwardRecipientResult
1995Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – DramaNominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series DramaMandy PatinkinNominated
1996Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – DramaNominated
1997Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – DramaNominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series DramaChristine LahtiNominated
1998Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – DramaNominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series DramaChristine LahtiWon

Screen Actors Guild Award

YearAwardRecipientResult
1995Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Emsemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesMandy PatinkinNominated
Hector ElizondoNominated
1996Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Emsemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesChristine LahtiNominated
1997Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Emsemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesChristine LahtiNominated
1998Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Emsemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesChristine LahtiNominated
1999Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesChristine LahtiNominated

Other awards

YearAwardCategoryNominee(s)WorkResult
1998ALMA AwardsOutstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover RoleHector ElizondoNominated
1999ALMA AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesNominated
Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover RoleHector ElizondoNominated
2000ALMA AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesHector ElizondoWon
1998American Choreography AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Television – EpisodicKenny OrtegaWon
1995American Cinema Editors AwardsBest Edited One-Hour Series for TelevisionLori Jane Coleman"Pilot"Won
1996American Cinema Editors AwardsBest Edited One-Hour Series for TelevisionAlec Smight"Love and Hope"Nominated
Randy Roberts"The Quarantine"Nominated
1997American Cinema Editors AwardsBest Edited One-Hour Series for TelevisionRandy Roberts"Transplanted Affection"Won
1999American Cinema Editors AwardsBest Edited One-Hour Series for TelevisionAlec Smight"Gun With The Wind"Nominated
1995American Society of CinematographersOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular SeriesTim SuhrstedtNominated
1996American Society of CinematographersOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular SeriesKenneth Zunder"Leave of Absence"Nominated
1997American Society of CinematographersOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular SeriesJames R. Bagdonas"Time to Kill"Nominated
1998American Society of CinematographersOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular SeriesJames R. Bagdonas"Hope Against Hope"Nominated
1995Casting Society of AmericaBest Casting for TV, Dramatic EpisodicSteve JacobsNominated
1996Casting Society of AmericaBest Casting for TV, Dramatic EpisodicDebi ManwillerNominated
1997Casting Society of AmericaBest Casting for TV, Dramatic EpisodicDebi ManwillerNominated
1997Cinema Audio Society AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television SeriesGreg Orloff, R. Russell Smith, Russell C. Fager"Quiet Riot"Nominated
1998Cinema Audio Society AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television SeriesR. Russell Smith, William Freesh, Russell C. Fager"Brain Salad Surgery"Won
1999Cinema Audio Society AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television SeriesR. Russell Smith, William Freesh, Russell C. Fager"100 and One Damnations"Nominated
1995Directors Guild of America AwardDirectors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama SeriesMichael Pressman"Pilot"Nominated
1997GLAAD Media AwardOutstanding TV Drama SeriesWon
1999GLAAD Media AwardOutstanding TV Drama SeriesWon
2001GLAAD Media AwardOutstanding TV Individual Episode (In a Series Without A Regular Gay Character)"Boys Will Be Girls"Nominated
1997Satellite AwardsSatellite Award for Best Television Series – DramaNominated
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series DramaChristine LahtiWon
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series DramaHector ElizondoNominated
1999YoungStar AwardBest Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV SeriesMae WhitmanNominated