House, M.D. is still one of the best written and acted series on television. The dialogue is still snappy; the scripts are still dense. Hugh Laurie is still brilliant. But like any series going into its eighth season, some getting back to basics—the things that have always made this series great on so many levels—may be needed. And with the departure of a principal cast member—and the direction taken with the Season 7 finale, it's probably more important than ever. I'm looking forward to Season 8 with great anticipation, and some bittersweetness due to Edelstein's departure. I will miss her and hope she returns at least for a few episodes. I'm curious as hell about how the writers and David Shore will dig House out of the hole into which he has dug himself.
Your thougths are welcome, as always, but please try to stay on topic. Personal attacks (whether directed at me, a commenter, or anyone else) are unwelcome and risk deletion as they violate BC's comments policy. I will be taking a summer hiatus from my House column to focus on other writing and promote Chasing Zebras, but I will be back if there's siginifcant news about Season 8. So stay tuned.