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Hugh Laurie and the Cast of House, M.D. on Season Seven

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This morning I posted my preview of next Monday’s House, M.D. season premiere, having seen several video interviews with the cast as well the first two episodes. While I can’t share the episodes with you, I can share the interviews.

First up, Hugh Laurie talks about the relationship between House and Cuddy, House’s state of mind at the end of season six and the challenges that lie ahead going into season seven.

Lisa Edelstein discusses her take on the House-Cuddy dynamic: “a disaster waiting to happen.” She also predicts how the audience will take to the this new turn of events between the iconoclastic doctor and his boss.

Omar Epps (Foreman) weighs in on the “relationship” and also discusses how each character reacts differently to the pairing. Foreman approves!

Finally Peter Jacobson (Taub) shares his thoughts House and Cuddy, and Taub’s marriage and job.

House, M.D. debuts its seventh season Monday night, September 20 at 8 p.m. ET. Let me know what you think, and on Monday night, I’ll post my full commentary on the season premiere and preview episode two, “Selfish.” So, stay tuned!

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  • Love Peter Jacobsen’s comment about how House can’t help sabotaging his relationships – and the ripple effect that the team is going to have to endure whilst the Huddy relationship is working itself out. And definitely the comedy which is going to ensue.

    On another note, it seems as if omar epps is in pain – must be very hard for him to be just a supporting cast and his character be marginalised most of the time – guess he must be wondering when he will get his next big break and how much this role is going to typecast him..

    Love Hugh – as usual, funny and observant in his usual self deprecating way..always enjoy his comments. Lisa is such a spark – its great to have two very intelligent very charismatic leads.. i confess that i don’t think Huddy will work out in the end but it is going to be fun watching the “trainwreck” as she says.

  • Janine

    Fun interviews! I can’t wait till monday night, and may I just say Barbara, I am so jealous that you have already seen the first two episodes! I am literally counting the minutes until Monday and the anticipation is killing me! Luckily Mallomars came out yesterday, so that distracted me for a while 🙂

  • ruthinor

    I find it interesting that LE seems more skeptical about the relationship working out than does HL. I would have thought it would be the reverse.

  • Janine

    yea i thought the same thing. actually from the first interview about this season LE has seemed the most convinced that it won’t work. Maybe she knows something everybody else doesn’t??
    without giving too much away could you answer this for me since you’ve seen episode 2. The press release of the episode kind of made the POTW portion of the episode sound VERY similar to the POTW in family. Does this portion seem like a rehash?

  • Janine: There are faint echoes, but the cases are very different. I didn’t (until you mentioned it) actually think of Family as a similar episode. It’s a great POTW story.

  • Janine

    Glad to here it. I think the only reason Family came into my mind when I read the press release if because I had watched the episode earlier that day. I’m glad to see a younger patient as the POTW again, I feel like we haven’t had a good one of those in a while

  • ann uk

    I hope the House Cuddy relationship will survive , however difficult it may/will be, as its failure would take the story back and negate the slow ,tantalising ride we have all been on.
    I guess there will be plenty of outside pressures to keep House conflicted and dark without him failing at yet another relationship.

  • Brad Anderson

    Cuddy is obviously a Jewish mother to House, i.e. watching over him closely to keep him out of trouble and understand him, while at the same time wanting to marry him because he’s a doctor.

    Of course, “they did it” is the typical marker for a series “Jumping the Shark,” but now that Wilson is back in a relationship then House needs of his own to keep from killing her like he did Amber.

    Cuddy and Wilson always made a more sensible match, because they’re both so professional and sensible; but Hollywood-politics always wins out because main characters don’t date secondary ones.
    But there’s only one outcome because of this: either the relationship explodes because House is insufferable, or the show Jumps the Shark and it works– might as well have the marriage performed by Ted McGuinley, “The Grim Reaper” of television.
    Seven years isn’t just a milestone for relationships, but for TV shows as well; typically they tend to break down around this time, as the original formula either starts to get stale, or plot and characters become stereotypes of their orignal selves.
    Case in point: in “Black Hole,” House says that “the subconscious knows what the problem is,” and hooks the patient up to a computer that shows actual pictures of what she’s thinking; this is right out of “Star Trek,” and is likewise something House would originally mock as “mumbo-jumbo” for being so absurd (which it is).

    The “Huddy hook-up” likewise shows signs of series-decay, unless the producers can make up their minds as actual character-motivation– i.e. does Cuddy dress like a hooker in order to to get attention from House (like he suspects), or from the audience? If it’s House, then his continual sexual-harassment would figure as his way of keeping his distance from her; however it seems too gratuitous for that, and it keeps the audience dumbed-down.
    Plot-decisions based on desperation are never a good sign; and this looks bad for things to come, either way.