LOS ANGELES—John Stamos will be a regular on "ER" next season, and for the actor, it's better late than never.
Stamos, most recently seen on ABC's "Jake in Progress" -- provided you were watching ABC the one night it aired this season -- will join the cast of the long-running NBC medical drama in the fall. He'll be reprising a role he played in a couple of guest appearances last fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The role would be that of Tony Gates a paramedic/med student who's also a Gulf War veteran. Technically, the "ER" job would come second to "Jake in Progress," but it's highly unlikely ABC will renew the show after drawing just 5.6 million viewers in its one and only airing this season.
Last spring, when it looked like "Jake" was a goner after one season, there were reports that Stamos was headed to "ER" for the current season. ABC scuttled those plans with its surprise pickup of the show for midseason. It was to be paired with "Emily's Reasons Why Not" on Monday nights following the conclusion of the NFL regular season, but the hour-long block drew meager ratings when it premiered Jan. 9, leading to the quick hook.
ABC did, however, allow Stamos to film two episodes of "ER" that aired during November sweeps.
Stamos is currently lending his voice to "Farce of the Penguins," a spoof of the documentary "March of the Penguins" written and directed by his former "Full House" co-star Bob Saget.