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'Zero Hour' star Anthony Edwards discusses returning to TV

'Zero Hour' actor Edwards is returning to TV after starring as Dr. Mark Greene on 'ER.' 'Zero Hour' premiered on ABC on Feb. 14.

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'Zero Hour' stars Anthony Edwards as magazine publisher Hank Galliston.

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A decade after Dr. Mark Greene hung up his white lab coat for good on "ER," Anthony Edwards is back as the star of a new television series.

He plays Hank Galliston, a magazine publisher wrapped up in an historical mystery after his wife is kidnapped on ABC's "Zero Hour," which premiered Feb. 14. The action thriller requires an audience to concentrate as the story unfolds layer by layer.

The road back to series television took Edwards many miles to travel – literally thousands upon thousands.

Edwards' character Greene was the heart of what was then television's most popular drama before the actor bowed out after eight years. Upon leaving, "I didn't really have a plan other than I knew I wasn't going to jump into a series again and I knew that I was really tired and burnt out," he said.

Professionally, maybe. Personally, Edwards had a clear strategy. The California native moved his wife and four children to New York. He was going to spend time raising his kids and give his artist wife time to establish her career, before they took off on a dream adventure.

While fellow actors George Clooney and Julianna Margulies left "ER" quickly to try other things, Edwards committed himself to a four-year contract. At the time, the commitment seemed huge – four years seems a lot longer at age 36 than it does now, when he's 50 – but the decision set him up financially for life.

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