Every House episode is really just a series of games House plays — with Cuddy, with Foreman, with his patients' lives — but this week's episode took things one step further. For the final challenge before picking his new team, House set the final four candidates loose on an aging punk rocker with symptoms that were either drug abuse or something more. In the end, he did actually buckle down and choose a team, but of course I'm not going to reveal the names up here. For that you'll have to read more
Ladies and gentlemen, step right up for the greatest show on earth! There will be mystery. Intrigue. Stolen underwear. All that, and more, in another installment of House! This week's magic-themed episode featured a typically bizarre case, some "can you say that on TV?" one-liners, and the end to one of the show's best running jokes. I'm a little bummed about that last part, but I thought the rest of the episode was great, so to read the rest of my take, just read more
Every so often, House will break out a theme episode where the cases and the doctors' lives intertwine. Those episodes often seem contrived, but they do have a purpose: They give us a window into the characters that we couldn't get from the typical House formula. "Mirror, Mirror" was one of those episodes, and it gave us some insight into the doc-testants still in the running for a job on House's team. To read my thoughts on the episode, just read more
What a strange episode of "House" this week, huh? It was one that broke down all the normal rules of the show: There were three medical cases instead of the usual one; House took a much more dramatic step than usual in an attempt to solve one of them; and not everything worked out well in the end. To talk more about the episode, just read more
As much as I loved watching House work alone on last week's "House," it was even better to see him surrounded by new potential team members to torture. I'm not sure if any of these new candidates have (ahem) the right stuff to be House's new lackeys, but it's sure going to be fun to watch them try. To talk about the episode, just read more
What's a "House" without any team to torture? Why, if Tuesday's season premiere is any indication, he's the same cranky doctor as always. To check out my thoughts on the fourth-season premiere and share your own, just read more
I already told you about all the season four scoop the "House" crew spilled at the TCA press tour. But Omar Epps, who plays Dr. Eric Foreman, had some goodies of his own in store for me when I chatted with him after the show's panel discussion. Here's what he had to say:
How has Foreman changed from who he was in the first season to someone who could say no to House?
He's sort of evolved. I think, season one, he kind of always had that in the background, but it was his first year on the job and you kind of don't want to ruffle any feathers. But I think working so closely and sort of having some of the same personality quirks that House has, he's become confident enough to stand up to what he disagrees with in House. In this coming season, it will be interesting to see how that all sort of comes full circle, because he's had a chance to be out on his own in the real world and actually has a lot more of the House qualities than he thought he had — and suffers for that.
More from Epps — including what Foreman will be up to in the fall — so read more
When the "House" cast members weren't enjoying the rides at the Santa Monica Pier this week — yes, that's Hugh Laurie in a bumper car in that photo on the right — they were dishing details left and right about the upcoming fourth season of the show. The actors, along with executive producer Katie Jacobs, spent their panel at the TCA press tour dribbling out information about who's leaving, who's changing, and who's coming back to Princeton-Plainsboro. They addressed the season finale's big cliffhanger and the addition of five new doctors — among other goodies. There's great stuff here, but beware of spoilers ahead if you read more
Remember how I told you a while back that "House" could be getting a quartet of new underlings? Make that a quintet. Five new doctors will join the Princeton-Plainsboro staff in the fall — though it's not been revealed how long they'll each be sticking around.
Headlining the new additions are Olivia Wilde of "The OC" and "The Black Donnellys" and Kal Penn of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and The Namesake. Wilde is set to play a doctor named Thirteen — a name I assume must have been chosen just because it would rankle House so much. Penn and the three other new additions — Peter Jacobson (Kenny from "The Starter Wife"), Edi Gathegi ("Lincoln Heights") and Anne Dudek ("Big Day") — are expected to play candidates for a fellowship with House.
It should be interesting to watch House react to a new pretty young thing, but I do wonder how long it will be before Chase, Foreman and Cameron return. E! says the newbies will be around for at least eight episodes, while Fox says the the number is undetermined. Will this make for a "House" that's too crowded?
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One of the biggest questions for "House" following its season finale was which — if any — of House's helpers would be returning to the show. The latest news on that front comes from TV Guide's Michael Ausiello, who reported this week that the search is on for four new junior doctors (two guys, two girls) to be House's assistants come fall.
But Ausiello also says that Jesse Spencer, Omar Epps and Jennifer Morrison are all expected to return, which would add up to a hospital so crowded it would rival "Grey's Anatomy."
Here's my theory: Cuddy will hire four new doctors for House to train, but they'll all hate his abrasive attitude and leave one by one, forcing him to un-fire Chase and convince Cameron and Foreman to reconsider their resignations. Maybe one of the new four will stay on for good — one of the women, perhaps, for the sake of sexual tension.
"House" fans, what's your take?
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