I’ll be posting a series of video interviews this week (courtesy of FOX), leading up to the House, M.D. series finale, which airs next Monday night on FOX. First up is this 8 minute interview with Mr. Laurie. I hope you enjoy it and spread the word!
on March 31, 2012
on October 4, 2011
First published 10/3/11 at http://blogcritics.org/video/article/tv-review-house-md-twenty-vicodin/#ixzz1ZoouGtVt
There’s been a lot of reaction on the Internet the past couple of weeks about House, M.D. creator David Shore’s insistence that “people don’t change.” When Shore talks about House (Hugh Laurie) being unable to change, I think he means change fundamentally who he is. We are who we are, and no matter what (or whom) else House tries to re-invent himself to be, he will revert to himself.
House is a jerk; he will always be that no matter how hard he tries to conform. He can control its intensity and his behavior, but ultimately, he is who he is. House has a pessimistic worldview. He may enjoy moments of enjoyment—even happiness. He may dip his toe in the water of love and domesticity. But House’s view of the world was formed when he was young, perhaps predestined when he was an infant with a mother who felt guilt for his very existence and a father who never loved him. House is a healer; he can’t help himself. And as much as he proclaims that he is out of medicine for good in the season eight premiere “Twenty Vicodin,” he can’t help being himself. Elemental change is not possible.
on September 19, 2011
Hope you’ve had a great summer and are ready for the season 8 premiere of House, M.D. “Twenty Vicodin.” I’ve seen the episode and it is excellent. I know some of you are unhappy with the way things turned out at the end of last season and with the departure of Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy. However, I think that if the premiere is any indication (and admittedly, it is a stand-alone, House only episode) Season 8 will be fantastic.
Over the weekend, I posted my review of “Twenty Vicodin” at Blogcritics, so do take a look (warning–there are a few spoilers, so spoilerphobes should stay away). Hugh Laurie is fantastic in the episode (in fact the entire cast of the first episode is excellent). But he is the only one from the cast in it. (That promo floating around with Foreman in it must be from a later episode–maybe episode 2?)
We are all sad that Hugh Laurie didn’t win the Emmy last night, but he looked great, and it was great to see himpresent (and tease Helen Mirren). It was nice to see a few of my regular readers come to our little Blogcritics Emmy party. It was a huge success, with 182 people stopping by during the four hours we were broadcasting our chat.
It was such a huge success that I’ve decided to host another chat–this one following the broadcast of the House season premiere. So. Please come and bring your friends. The only rules will be NO Flaming and if you have an axe to grind, leave it at home. Let me know if you’re planning to come (and I promise to keep the chat open long enough for West Coasters to join in).
And if you haven’t yet, do pick up a copy of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. It’s available in paperback and for immediate download (on pretty much every ebook platform)! And if you have already read it, please let others know by writing a short review for Goodreads or Amazon.com
on September 2, 2011
Caveat: Mild spoilers ahoy, me mateys.
We are about one month from the season eight premiere of House, M.D., starring Hugh Laurie as the genius diagnostician Dr. Gregory House. When last we saw Dr. House, he had crashed his car into the (unoccupied) dining room of his boss and ex-girlfriend Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein). Fleeing from the scene, House ended season seven on a beach somewhere in the South Pacific, strolling down a beach into the sunset.
As we enter season eight, much has changed in House’s world. Cuddy is gone. Full stop. Edelstein’s departure (she will be seen this season on The Good Wife in a guest-starring role) was a blow to House’s cast and creative team.
But what effect will her departure have on House? Will he feel responsible for her leaving? Or will he blow it off, holding his angst over it (which will be there) inside? Personally, I would like to see House’s struggle with Cuddy’s absence, trying to make it not matter, but failing in his effort.
on June 26, 2011
I’ve finally had the time to re-watch House, M.D.‘s seventh season in its entirety, no breaks or commercials). I tried to understand the arc of the House-Cuddy relationship—where and when it is good for them, and how it falls disastrously apart.
on June 4, 2011
Posted on Blogcritics.org
I’ve done a lot of thinking about “Moving On,” the House, M.D. Season 7 finale. I decided after watching its original airing, I’d let it rest a week and watch it again without preconceived notions fueled by spoilers and promos, and without the news of Lisa Edelstein’s (Lisa Cuddy) departure too fresh in my mind. It’s sunk in by now that she’s not returning, and in a way, the finale—whatever you may think of it—gives the series an way to make the break permanent if that’s what the parties want. (Although who knows? There’s no reason to believe she’ll stay away forever, and wouldn’t it be spectacular for her to make a surprise guest appearance sometime this season?)
on May 13, 2011
I caught up with Katie Jacobs earlier this week for a quick chat about House, Season 8, and her new project…. Read more…
on May 10, 2011
I’ve posted my initial thoughts on last night’s “The Fix.” I’m still processing the episode after seeing it only very late last night, but wanted to get something up so you all might have a space to talk about it.
on May 5, 2011
Will House, M.D. be back for Season 8? That is still the question as Universal Media Studios (UMS) and FOX continue to negotiate, according to Deadline Hollywood. At this point, according to Deadline Hollywood the studio and the network are yet about 20 percent apart. With the May Upfronts next week in New York, both parties are close to playing brinkmanship; FOX will announce its fall schedule at the annual industry event. Continue Reading →
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