Bassett makes the rounds for last 'ER' shift


NBC's "ER" is adding star power for its final season.

Angela Bassett will join the cast of the Emmy- winning medical drama next season.

In her first major series gig, Bassett will play a tough doctor with a troubled past who's coming back to Chicago after a few years in Indonesia doing tsunami relief. Her arrival in the second episode next season promises to shake up County General.

"Angela is a wonderfully talented actress whom I've long hoped to work with," "ER" exec producer John Wells said.

In addition to Bassett, original cast member Noah Wyle will join "ER" for its 15th and final season. He will guest star in at least four of the planned 19 episodes.

Bassett is repped by CAA and Untitled. (partialdiff)