Mimi Leder Reflects on ‘ER’ and Why She’s Getting Similar Vibes from ‘The Morning Show’

Mimi Leder Reflects on ‘ER’ and Why She’s Getting Similar Vibes from ‘The Morning Show’
It’s funny what your mind holds onto over time, and 25 years after helping build “ER” into a bona fide television phenomenon, what director and producer Mimi Leder remembers is the floor.

“My memories of the beginning of ‘ER’ were of the building that set — John [Wells] and I looking at the floor and going, ‘That’s a great floor! Let’s use that!’ And I remember our D.P. going, ‘That’s awful.'”

But Leder pushed forward, laying a foundation for one of television’s most impactful series ever made. No one directed more “ER” episodes over those first two seasons and, as co-executive producer, Leder was entrusted with shaping the series that came after Rod Holcomb’s two-hour pilot — a pilot met with a lot of internal trepidation.

“I did hear all the rumors,” Leder said. “That it was really iffy; that [NBC executives] weren’t sure about
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