Newcomer Sharif Atkins is now scrubbing in on “ER” on a full-time basis. The actor has been officially added as a series regular to the NBC hospital drama. Atkins, who portrays Michael Gallant, a third-year med student, was previously on recurring status. Thesp previously starred in the two-hour pilot “The Big Time” for “ER” executive producer John Wells.

In another TV casting, Jamie Denton (“The Pretender”) has been made a series regular for the next season of “Philly.” The actor, a stage thesp, is recurring on the show as “Judge Augustus Ripley.”

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