(NBC, Thursday, premieres Sept. 23, 10 p.m.)
WHEN WE LAST SAW THEM Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) and girlfriend Kem (Thandie Newton) had lost their baby, Abby (Maura Tierney) had become a doctor, and just enough other stuff was happening to keep us from switching to ”Without a Trace.”
WHAT’S CHANGING Shane West, pictured (”Once and Again,” ”A Walk to Remember”), signs on as Ray Barnett, a charming (and hot) new intern. Meanwhile, Dr. Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston) leaves the show.
WHY WE CARE Face it: ”ER” has been in dire need of a heartthrob transplant since George Clooney ditched County General. Sorry, but Carter is too nerdy and Luka (Goran Visnjic) is too tortured to be much fun.