This article is from the ER FAQ, by Rose Cooper email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
You betcha! Needless to say, this was an enormous challenge,
especially for a show like "ER", with its fast-paced and highly technical
The show was done live on the East and West coasts, with some
minor(?) differences due to the nature of live television.
According to Mr. Showbiz <http://www.mrshowbiz.com>,
"The episode [focused] on Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards), who was
brutally beaten last season and was still trying to overcome his feelings
of fear. [Writer/producer John] Wells says that Greene is `in the same
emotional state we left him at the end of last season, reeling from his
violent assault and trying not to admit what`s going on in his life.` The
episode [was] shot documentary-style on the show`s regular set, and the
cast [rehearsed] the show about eight times before airing."
For more details on Live ER, check out Scott Hollifield`s
review/summary on the episode <http://www.digiserve.com/er/erambush.htm>,
titled "Ambush", and also NBC`s ERLive website <http://www.erlive.com>.
5.431 Will they do it again?
Well, in a word, no.
Once again, quoting Lydia Woodward, in her interview with Jefferson
Graham of "USA TODAY": "'We're still really happy we did it. It was
an amazing experience,' says Woodward of last season's live episode.
'But it's not something we want to repeat.'"