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Five Questions for "House"

Five Questions for "House"

During the summer TV hiatus, I'm going to look back at the most recent seasons of some of my favorite shows and pose some hypothetical questions about their future in this feature, Five Questions. Since tonight would be its normal night, today's questions are for "House," which will start its fourth season in the fall.

  1. Who's coming back? The season finale ended with a big question: Could all of House's team members really be leaving? I'm sure we'll hear a lot this summer about the stars' contract negotiations, but plot-wise, there's no guarantee now that Chase, Cameron or Foreman will be back to work with House. Will this show really take the risk of getting rid of three major cast members, or at least assigning them to new roles at the hospital? And, if so, will fans go along for the ride?
  2. Will "House" shake up its format? After three years, are viewers growing tired of the formulaic structure of "House"? Week in and week out, the same basic thing happens: A patient becomes mysteriously ill, House ignores him or her, Foreman suggests random diseases, Cameron suggests other diseases, Chase is generally agreeable, everyone is wrong, House says mean things, Cuddy yells at House, Wilson yells at House, House has an epiphany, the patient lives. Rinse, repeat. It's a formula that works, but it's also getting a little tired — and yet, the series' attempts to deviate from that (the Tritter plotline; "One Day, One Room") haven't worked as well. I wonder if there's a way to make the format feel fresher while still keeping the procedural elements the show does so well.

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  3. Will House himself change? Death, taxes, Dr. House's crotchety behavior — it truly has become one of the world's certainties over the past three seasons. But now that his devil-may-care attitude has alienated everyone who works with him, will he have a change of heart and attempt to become nicer? And do we want him to?
  4. What's going on with Cuddy? This season set up the idea that Cuddy wants a baby — and now — but the attention to that plot line was inconsistent; Cuddy was barely in the season's final few episodes. If they're going to go somewhere with the story, I think the writers should do it fast next season, a) having Cuddy ask House to be her sperm donor or b) actually pairing the two of them up for at least a one-night stand.
  5. How will "House" perform after the Super Bowl? Fox gave "House" the most coveted spot in television; now, I hope the writers and producers use that launching pad to come up with a truly blockbuster episode and make "House" an even bigger hit. Will this be the year "House" takes over "Grey's Anatomy" as the biggest medical drama on TV?

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Jinx Jinx 9 years
Sofi, In a nutshell, House never had cancer. He used some patients file and information to make it look like he did. This was so he could travel to Boston (?) I think it was Boston, although it doesn't matter, to get a needle into his brain, in hopes of getting a good buzz. But his team figured it out.
sofi sofi 9 years
sorry, i missed a few episodes this season and need someone to clarify; did/does House have brain cancer. Didn't something like that come up and he was supposed to be treated at a different hospital? Probably a dumb question- so ashamed i missed one of my fav shows!
suemey suemey 9 years
i lovce house and i must say that i was totally hooke to the one day one room story line. I like those offbeat episodes i just don't understand why the mojority of people don't, maybe they just don't get it and wan't plain old in your face dummy answers
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
Great questions, Buzz. As far as the deviations from the norm, Tritter also annoyed the heck out of me but I REALLY liked when they brought in Sela Ward. My favorite episodes are the House/Stacy ones.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
1. I'm along for the ride. Take 'em or leave 'em, I watch the show for House and not for Chase, Cameron, or Foreman. But I'd still prefer that they remain. 2. A little shake up would be great! I love the epiphany moments, but you always know that they're coming. Let's try something new! Just a little though. 3. I don't really want him to be nicer. I always think, somewhere in the back of my head, that he will be this time, and he always proves me wrong. And I admit, I kinda enjoy that! 4. House/Cuddy all the way! I always assumed she'd ask him to be her sperm donor, though I have no idea why. I noticed they dropped that storyline, but I love the chemistry, animosity, and affection between these two! 5. I've never seen Grey's!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Good questions. I would also like to see more air time with House and Cuddy and House and Wilson. I actually missed Wilson in the season finale. It will surely be interesting to see what happens with the show this summer. And to see which actors get their contracts renewed.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
Although Detective Tritter bugged the heck out of me, I liked those episodes. Maybe because we got more of something besides, mysterious illness, Doctors are wrong, doctors try something, doctors are way wrong, doctors finally figure it out, wonder why patient and/or family doesn't trust them entirely, gets trust, or force it, whatever works, saves patient in the end. I thought House was still good old cranky House, maybe more so, and it showed what he was willing to do because of his addiction.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I finally saw the season finale last night (thanks for the tip that Fox was re-airing it, Buzz) and I'm not sure what to make of ANYTHING. I really don't want any of the House-ettes to leave. I'm not necessarily a huge fan of any of them in particular, but they have a great dynamic all together. I'd like to see more with the House/Cuddy relationship. I'm not saying that I want them to have a romance or even a sexual relationship, but they're the two best characters on the show and Hugh Laurie and Lisa Edelstein have great chemistry. As far as the "formula" goes - I agree that it's getting tired, but I still like it. Every time they try to bring in some other subplot (evil hospital bureaucrat Vogler, overly-Botoxed Sela Ward as House's ex, boring and annoying Detective Sh*tter), it falls FLAT.
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