Articles for House Season 4

The return of the charmingly arrogant Dr. Gregory House on primetime television was a rousing success for the FOX network.  House ran away with the highest ratings Tuesday night with its fourth season premiere.House came away with 18.1 million viewers and a 7.7 rating/19 share in the 18-49 adult demographic for the 9pm to 10 pm time slot.  The Hugh Laurie-led ensemble medical dramedy surged on despite competition from ABC‘s Dancing with the Stars and NBC‘s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which opened its ninth season. Read more »
Since it debuted in 2004, House has established its niche on television with its critically-acclaimed plot, not to mention its award-winning cast.  Now, the medical series has evolved into a program that encompasses cross-generational appeal, primarily because of its cranky yet charismatic doctor in the form Hugh Laurie.Laurie, a 48-year-old actor and comedian, is currently portraying Gregory House, the head of the department of diagnostic medicine who specializes in infectious diseases and Nephrology on the FOX series House.  But while he has already earned numerous prestigious awards since landing the iconic role, he feels much honor to be associated as a favorite among America‘s young crowd. Read more »
Fans of House know Lisa Edelstein as the authoritative Lisa Cuddy who tries, often to no avail, to keep Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) in check. It may surprise some to learn that in her youth, Edelstein was a New York City club kid who wrote an AIDS musical called Positive Me.However, today she is one of the stars of House, one of the highest-rated shows on TV. House began its fourth season last week and continues every Tuesday at 9pm. Lisa Edelstein spoke to BuddyTV a while back about the show‘s warm reception at the Emmys, dealing with the influx of new actors as House picks his new diagnostic team, and her favorite guest stars throughout the years. Below you will find an mp3 audio file of the interview as well as a brief synopsis of what she talked about. Read more »
FOX announced today that three of the new faces brought on to help House this season, in the wake of three members of his team leaving (Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, and Jesse Spencer), will be upgraded to series regular status.  While it was initially thought that only two of the newbies would join the cast permanently, it appears that FOX changed their mind amidst House‘s incredible early season ratings and went with all three.  These actors are Kal Penn (Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle), Olivia Wilde (The OC) and Peter Jacobson (Transformers).  Read more »
On the hit FOX drama House, which airs Tuesday nights at 9pm, Robert Sean Leonard plays Dr. Wilson, the trusty sidekick who remains Gregory House‘s (Hugh Laurie) loyal friend despite the fact that House is constantly taking advantage of him.  Rarely involved in the primary medical mystery, Wilson struggles to humanize House, though he is often unsuccessful.  Currently the show is in a state of flux as House tries to pick his new team, so those Wilson fans hoping for more screen time now that half the main cast is off-screen for the first couple episodes are probably a bit disappointed.BuddyTV had the opportunity to sit down with Robert Sean Leonard, and one thing is for sure: the man has a very dry sense of humor.  During our discussion, he confessed that he doesn‘t enjoy working, he has no idea what he‘s saying when he‘s involved in the medical part of the story, and that House‘s post-Super Bowl episode will be filmed at his house and air backwards and in black and white.  One assumes all of those are jokes.  Below you will find a transcript as well as the mp3 audio file of the interview. Read more »
New installments of House will no longer be available on iTunes as a result of the ongoing feud between the Apple company and NBC, which indirectly produces the show through its subsidiary, Universal Media Studios. House returned with its fourth season last September 25 to impressive ratings, which remain the best for any returning show thus far into the fall 2007 season.  The Hugh Laurie-led medical series premiered to 18.1 million viewers for a resounding 7.7 rating/19 share in the 18-49 adult demographic during the 9pm to 10 pm time bracket. Read more »
House has been back on primetime television for three weeks now and continues to rake in impressive viewer numbers.  A large part of the show‘s success has to do with the man who essays the series‘ titular character. Gifted with a remarkable knack for delivering comical, sardonic, arrogant, introspective and on the ball verbal punches with deadpan grace, Hugh Laurie has numerous nominations and citations for his work as the physically hampered and attitudinally insufferable Dr. Gregory House.  He spoke to last month, ahead of the opening of House‘s fourth season. Read more »
We got the opportunity to interview House stars Omar Epps and Jennifer Morrison in late September as part of the FOX Fall TV press junket.  Their characters, Cameron and Foreman, had gone through a tumultuous end of season three that saw both of them leave their respective posts under House.  However, as fans would start a riot if neither came back, both actors have returned to the show.  Epps was a childhood favorite of mine, so let‘s be clear that interviewing the man in person was a bit nerve-wracking.  Not to mention, Jennifer Morrison is quite stunning in person, which was bit distracting.  Both were exceedingly kind and generous, though.  The interview touches on the changes both of their characters went through in the off-season, how they‘ve dealt with the influx of new characters, and what it‘s like to be on one of the biggest shows on TV.Below you will find the full transcript and mp3 audio of the interview. Read more »
Emmy Award nominee, Golden Globe Award winner, British actor extraordinaire who has conquered American and international television.  What else can House‘s Hugh Laurie do?  Sing and play the keys, apparently.  Yes, the man who gives live every week to the ornery and often right Dr. Gregory House, can make beautiful music.Laurie and a couple of other regulars on different popular television series now have a hit on iTunes and have put together an act worthy of an Emmy after-party. Read more »
Most of us probably know him as the hair brained-idea scheming half, Kumar, from the 2004 film, Harry & Kumar Go to White Castle.  On television, we caught a more sinister side of him as part of a sleeper cell of terrorists on Day 6 of 24.  Most recently, we have come to know him as #6/9 on the latest season of House. New Jersey-born Kal Penn will be speaking to students at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri tomorrow, regarding his experiences as one of the lucky South Asians to break into Hollywood. Read more »
As part of FOX‘s Fall TV press junket in Los Angeles last week, we were lucky enough to receive an invite to the FOX Fall Eco-Casino party at trendy nightclub Area in West Hollywood.  Being a lowly internet writer, this was my first experience at a big-time Hollywood event.  They even had a red carpet (which I did not walk down; bloggers use the back entrance, out of sight from the real press), which was all flash bulbs and TV cameras.  Exciting stuff.  We were driven from our hotel to the club, dropped off at the press table, picked up our credentials and walked straight in.  It was sweet. Read more »
Finally, for the disgruntled House fans out there who have been clamoring for some spoilers to this season‘s coming installments, we have the skinny on next month‘s episodes, starting with “Whatever It Takes” which airs November 6.First up though, we take a brief look at what‘s in store tonight on House. Read more »
With the departure of Cameron, Chase and Foreman from Princeton Plainsboro, the new season of House features a competition of sorts between several doctors vying to become part of the hospital‘s crabby but brilliant head diagnostician‘s new team. One of the doctors eager for a spot is Travis Brennan, played by New Boston native Andy Comeau. Given House‘s new storyline, Comeau knows that his time on the medical drama is quite limited.  Nevertheless, he is happy to be on the show, especially since it gives him the opportunity to work opposite critically-acclaimed British actor, Hugh Laurie. Read more »
Jennifer Morrison has been cast in the new J.J. Abrams helmed Star Trek film.  Morrison, who plays Dr. Allison Cameron on House, was spotted outside of some sound stages where Star Trek recently began filming, but it wasn‘t until this morning when TV Guide‘s Michael Ausiello broke the news straight from the mouth of Trek director J.J. Abrams.  Abrams confirmed Morrison‘s casting in Trek, saying: “She is indeed in the movie, and she is most excellent!”  There has been no confirmation, however, on which role Morrison will be inhabiting.  Early internet speculation had her in the role of Yeoman Rand, the secretary and object of Captain Kirk‘s affection, but Abrams denied this with a flat out, “She is not.”  Read more »
Fans of FOX‘s House are all-too familiar with the eponymous lead character‘s insensitive and brutally frank approach to patients and fellow doctors alike, but series actor Robert Sean Leonard, who plays House‘s (Hugh Laurie) friend and colleague Dr. James Wilson, gives the cranky head diagnostician some credit. “House is brilliant, self-deprecating and witty. What‘s not to like? OK, he mistreats people — but in a really amusing way,” Leonard told TV Guide.  “Almost every¬thing the guy does is for some purpose.  And Wilson‘s a lot more secure in his friendship with House now.  I think that has changed, as Hugh and I have changed on the show, too.”  Read more »
The real thing or a big con artist?That‘s the question viewers will face tonight when they tune in to FOX‘s House.  According to the network, House (Hugh Laurie) and the remaining five candidates try to diagnose a magician whose heart failed during an underwater escape act.  As the five doctors are busy figuring out the magician‘s illness, House attempts to disprove the magician, suspecting the man is faking his ailments in order to cover up the fact that it was his act, and not his heart, that failed. Aside from the case, House subjects the five doctors to an interesting challenge involving Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), with the winner sure to gain a great advantage over the others.  Want to know more about the challenge and the episode?  Read on for spoilers. Read more »
Lisa Edelstein plays a hospital administrator on House, and while she manages to spit out the difficult medical jargon required by the role, her penchant for wearing sexy and tight-fitting outfits to work, which would be deemed inappropriate in the real medical world, may leave one wondering if the character is realistic.  Well apparently, it‘s not supposed to be. “Listen, it‘s actually not reality,” Edelstein, who plays Lisa Cuddy on House, told TV Guide.  “She‘s a television character, and I‘m an actress playing a hospital administrator, and I don‘t want to be in frumpy clothes.  I want to be a hot hospital administrator.” Read more »
Late last month, three doctors were finally chosen to be part of House‘s new medical team, and one of them was Dr. Lawrence Kutner, played by Kal Penn.  Kutner, who, along with fellow doctors 13 (Olivia Wilde) and Taub (Peter Jacobsen), beat out 37 other candidates competing for the spots on the exclusive team, specializes in sports and rehabilitative medicine.  He is also a risk taker, a quality that he shares with his new boss. While being on House has given Penn the opportunity to play a dynamic television character who has a “kind of fascination that a 10th grader would have in his science class,” it has also given him the chance to star alongside esteemed British actor, Hugh Laurie. Read more »
This season, much of the focus of FOX‘s House has been on the building the eponymous head diagnostician‘s new team, which has meant less time in the spotlight for Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Foreman (Omar Epps).  Unfortunately, it seems fans will have to wait a little longer before they can get a heftier dose of House‘s (Hugh Laurie) old fellows. The biggest obstacle standing in the way of the show right now is the WGA strike.  According to the TV Guide‘s Michael Ausiello, the planned two-part episode that could have possibly advanced storylines that involves House‘s older characters has been scrapped due to the strike.  However, executive producer Katie Jacobs did point out that when it comes to Cameron and Chase, the issue is not so much time as it is the manner in which they will return to the fold. Read more »
Numerous medical shows have come and gone, but FOX‘s House is one of the fortunate few that have remained.  Actress Lisa Edelstein believes that the show‘s staying power is rooted in its ability to resonate with all kinds of viewers. “The show really crosses generations,” Edelstein told Jewish Woman magazine.  “It‘s very smart, so educated working adults don‘t feel like they‘re being talked down to when they watch the show.  And kids love House [Hugh Laurie] because he‘s such a brat.  So I think there‘s something in it for a lot of people.” Read more »
After enduring five weeks of watching reruns, FOX finally closes the books on the three remaining episodes of House.  According to the press release of the network, the left over installments will air over an eight-day period with intervals of repeat episodes in between fresh runs.Read on for the schedule and a brief description of the last three episodes of House. Read more »
Previously on House, Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), with a little help from Cameron, finally made the decision on which candidates he‘s going to permanently hire in the episode “Games,” which aired on November 27, 2007. Soon, fans will be able to enjoy a new episode of the medical drama in which House‘s old team and the new team, consisting of Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson), Lawrence Kutner (Kal Penn), and Thirteen (Olivia Wilde), will celebrate the holidays together in the episode “It‘s a Wonderful Lie,” which is expected to air on January 29.  To ease the long wait, Jennifer Morrison sheds light on what the future holds for her character Allison Cameron. Read more »
As reported earlier, the 11th episode of House‘s fourth season will be taking the coveted spot immediately following Super Bowl XLII on Sunday, February 3 on FOX.  This upcoming episode entitled “Frozen” is much-awaited by fans, not just because it‘s the second to the last installment before the season wraps up, but also because it centers on Wilson‘ love life.Read on for more spoilers on the upcoming episode of House. Read more »
FOX loves Olivia Wilde.  A few years back, FOX constantly promoted a show called Skin during the MLB playoffs which starred Ron Silver and Olivia Wilde.  Although that series was soon off the air, FOX liked what they saw.  FOX later gave Olivia her big break as Mischa Barton‘s lesbian love interest on The O.C.  Now, coming off a role in the much buzzed about film Alpha Dog, Wilde currently plays the mysterious "Thriteen" on House.  FOX held a conference call this afternoon with Olivia to discuss her work on House and what we can expect from upcoming new episodes of the medical drama.As a reminder, there are three more new episodes of House left, including the one that will air right after the Super Bowl.  Read more »
Movie star Mira Sorvino is set to guest-star in the post-Superbowl episode of House, in which she‘ll play a woman who falls ill while conducting a study at the South Pole.  Her storyline is similar to a real-life incident involving a woman who had to treat herself for cancer while stuck in the arctic, which, Sorvino says, made the experience more “remarkable.” "It certainly doesn‘t directly follow her story line, but I think the concept of a person trapped in the South Pole with some medical experience, but no hospital to treat herself with, that‘s pretty similar,” Sorvino said in a recent conference call.  "Before I did the episode, I didn‘t know that there had been such a tale, so it‘s even more remarkable knowing it‘s partially true." Read more »
My friends told me the final six minutes or so of the Super Bowl were fantastic.  I‘m one of those people who fast forwards through the game and watches the commercials, so all I can say is that I was thoroughly disappointed.  The only saving grace was the FedEx pigeon ad.  Well, that and the incredibly racist ads.For my money, after the Super Bowl is even better, with a special episode of House.  FOX first aired the Super Bowl in 1997, after which it aired an episode of The X-Files.  Tonight marks the first time since then FOX is using it‘s post-Super Bowl slot for a drama, previously filling it with The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad and Malcolm in the Middle.  Last year, CBS made the horrendous decision to air a terrible episode of Criminal Minds, and thankfully House regains my faith in the post-Super Bowl episode with a funny, dark, outrageous and shocking episode. Read more »
The final pre-strike episode of House is airing tonight, just two days after the show‘s highly-watched post-Super Bowl installment that featured Oscar winner Mira Sorvino as a guest star.  Tonight‘s broadcast, called "Don‘t Ever Change," has House and his team racing against time to save the life of a woman who collapsed at her wedding. To learn more about "Don‘t Ever Change," continue reading. Read more »
The writers strike is over, folks, which means that it‘s only a matter of time before your favorite shows go back to production to churn out new episodes.  However, there‘ll still be some more waiting to do, as the production process is often an arduous and time-consuming activity.“We would need time to ramp up, write the episodes, get the episodes ready to go and then shoot them,” Russ Friend, a writer for FOX‘s hit medical drama House, told TV Guide on Saturday from the Shrine Auditorium, where the WGA‘s tentative deal with AMPTP was formally announced.  “A typical episode takes about nine days, so basically almost two weeks. And then you have to post[-produce] it, which takes another few weeks....” Read more »
`Tis the season to be jolly, and no, not because Christmas has blown back into town.  It is however, post-strike time, which means the big networks are announcing return-to-work schedules for their stable of programs.  On Tuesday, it was FOX‘s turn to reveal its after-strike new lineup. Perhaps the biggest news in Tuesday‘s announcement from the network is the returning schedule of two of its biggest primetime draws, Bones and House.  House is reportedly expected to churn out four new installments while Bones is slated to produce six additional original material.  Both series are due back on the air with their respective new episodes in April. Read more »
Omar Epps, most known for his portrayal of Dr. Eric Foreman on FOX‘s House, was the recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year‘s ceremony, held on Valentine‘s Day in Los Angeles, California.  This is the actor‘s second win in the category for the hit medical drama. Epps, 34, received his first NAACP Image Award nomination for House in 2005, and was again nominated the following year.  He finally went home with the award last year, and just two weeks ago beat out such actors as Blair Underwood (Dirty Sexy Money), James Pickens Jr. (Grey‘s Anatomy), Taye Diggs (Private Practice) and Mekhi Phifer (ER). Read more »
House‘s main doctor is intelligent but often crass and rude to his patients, but show producer Katie Jacobs assures that the only thing English actor Hugh Laurie has in common with his character is his sharp mind and witty humor. “[Hugh is] a real gentleman, very British,” Jacobs told the audience during a question-and-answer session at the James Stewart ‘32 last week, adding that the television star never says anything to offend. Read more »
Four new episodes of House will greet fans next month, and among these new installments is the two-part special which was originally scheduled to air on Super Bowl Sunday and the following Tuesday.  According to show creator David Shore, the episode will now serve as the season‘s “big” season finale. To get some scoop on what‘s in store for House in the fourth season finale, as well as on the other upcoming episodes, read on for some mild spoilers. Read more »
What price fame?  That‘s a question often dangled at successful individuals who‘ve either had to make sacrifices or shady choices to get where they are.  It‘s not, however, something the public would necessarily think associated with the British star of FOX‘s hit medical dramedy, House.American viewers, as well as many others from various parts of the globe have embraced Hugh Laurie as the irreverent, snide, tactless genius, Dr. Gregory House.  Yet, despite the ratings and awards triumphs to back this up, Laurie seems to have also paid a price for doing exceptionally well in the Hollywood scene and the world stage.  Ironically, that price seems to have been the loss of place in his native Britain. Read more »
It normally doesn‘t elicit much confidence when your lead star refuses to pack his things after moving to California from his home in London, especially when he thinks it‘s nuts to go house-hunting because he thinks the show will only last a month.  But that‘s exactly what Hugh Laurie thought when he first crossed the channel to do House.  Well guess what?  The rest is, as they say, history.  House is coming upon the magical 100th episode and the Laurie household now stands poised to move to the sunny west coast. Yes, the brilliant British actor who didn‘t think his House would make it past its first month is now the toast of American television. Read more »
We‘re two weeks away from the start of all-new episodes of House.  There‘s no shortage of Hugh Laurie however, as the man who wears the painkiller-addicted, acerbic, self-indulgent Dr. Gregory House on the hit FOX series is currently gracing the big screen via Street Kings. Laurie stars alongside The Matrix‘s Keanu Reeves and Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker, in the movie about a cop under investigation by Internal Affairs.  Reeves plays the unconventional rebel with a cause cop, Tom Ludlow, Whitaker his captain, Jack Wander, and Laurie, the IAD officer, Capt. James Biggs. Read more »
Last night‘s edition of House was the show‘s first broadcast on its new Monday 9pm time slot.  Beginning next week, House settles into it‘s week-opening schedule with the first of its all-new, post-strike episodes. While it‘s exciting to welcome fresh House installments after all those reruns, the reunion is short-lived and premature.  Once we get going with the brand new material next week, we‘ll have just three more weeks of previously unaired House.  Nonetheless, some House is better than no House or plain old House.  So, just to whet your appetites for what‘s to come, here‘s a glimpse of next week‘s offering entitled “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Read more »
Fresh off of it‘s highly-rated post-Superbowl episode, the doctors at Princeton-Plainsboro are gearing up tonight for the final pre-strike episode, "Don‘t Ever Change."  Read a preview for the upcoming episode here.Continue reading to find out what House paraphernalia you can win this week. Read more »
Olivia Wilde has joined the cast of House in fall 2007, playing a recurring character nicknamed Thirteen who will work closely with Dr. House.  After 11 episodes, she has signed on as a regular, returning tonight on the FOX medical drama as part of the new diagnostic team. Just like her character Thirteen who competed with other young doctors for a limited number of spots on the medical team of Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), Wilde reveals that she and the other newbies weren‘t also sure which of them would be selected to become regulars. Read more »
Hugh Laurie and the rest of House are back tonight with another brand-new episode of their hit medical drama.  Tonight‘s offering entitled “Living the Dream” is the second post-strike original episode following last week‘s “No More Mr. Nice Guy.”Jason Lewis, the sexy young stud who romanced and eventually won the heart of the no-strings-attached Samantha (Kim Cattrall) in HBO‘s Sex and the City, guest-stars as an actor on House‘s favorite daytime drama. Read more »
Following last week‘s extra hilarious episode featuring Sex and the City‘s Jason Lewis, tonight marks the first of a two-part season finale on House.  The all-too interrupted season comes to a close next week with the broadcast of the second and concluding half.Here‘s a look at what‘s in store in tonight‘s episode entitled “House‘s Head” along with star Lisa Edelstein‘s (Lisa Cuddy) own personal thoughts on why it meant getting her dressed as a schoolgirl and working a strip pole. Read more »
FOX is the final network to have its upfronts this week.  As far as upfront weeks go, it hasn‘t been the most exciting.  In this Internet age we live in, secrets are almost impossible to keep – we all knew which shows were being canceled and which weren‘t.  We knew which new series were going to be picked up.  The one thing that networks can keep secret, however, are their final schedules.  FOX released two schedules today, one for Fall and one for the Spring.  Below, you will find the Fall schedule, followed by a look at the new series and some commentary. Read more »
Ok, so last week was the first part of this season‘s special two-episode finale on House.  Just the sight of Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) alone as she channeled little miss sexy schoolgirl pole dancer made up for the show‘s all-too short season due to the writers‘ strike. Tonight is House‘s final broadcast for the season, featuring the second part of the finale, an episode entitled “Wilson‘s Heart,” which follow‘s last week‘s “House‘s Head.” Read more »
House will be adding yet another character that may become increasingly important in the medical drama‘s upcoming fifth season.  Michael Weston has signed on for a multi-episode arc on the FOX series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Weston, whose TV credits include appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Simon Marsden, Scrubs as recurring character Private Brian Dancer and Six Feet Under as Michael C. Hall‘s psychotic pursuer Jake, is set to play "a private investigator who is intelligent, but not as abrasive as Dr. House." TV Guide, which first reported the casting news, reveals that this role could possibly lead to Weston‘s own spin-off show. Read more »