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The "House" Crew Spills the Beans on Season Four

The "House" Crew Spills the Beans on Season Four

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

  • "Everybody is back eventually," Jacobs said early in the panel. That was pretty obvious from the fact that Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer and Jennifer Morrison all were on the stage, but it was nice to have it confirmed.
  • In the first episode, House will be trying to solve cases by himself. Cuddy will insist that House hire a new team, and eventually he relents and calls the 40 people whose resumes have piled up on his desk. Jacobs jokingly called it the show's version of "Survivor" and said House will give them running bibs and refer to them only by number — which explains why Olivia Wilde's character is named Thirteen.
  • The supporting cast found out they'd all be leaving when the producers asked to talk to them over lunch one day. It was "a little bit like being called into the principal's office," Morrisson recalled.
  • When the new season begins, Chase will be working at a hospital in Arizona, and Cameron will be with him. Foreman, meanwhile, will be running his own diagnostic department at Mercy Hospital.
  • "I don't know if things ever will be the same," Spencer said, "because I'm going to be moving into a different area, and Jen is as well. The team is going to be different. And that's going to change the energy and the chemistry of the entire show. It kind of feels like we've got a new show."
  • Laurie said the first three scripts of the season "are not only three of the best 'House' scripts I've ever read, they're three of the best scripts I've ever read."
  • The five new actors each have deals that could potentially turn them into series regulars. They make their first appearance in the second episode of the season, and Jacobs threw out a few more details about some of them: Kal Penn will play a young doctor who has a cool procedure but doesn't necessarily know all the steps to getting there; Peter Jacobson's character is a plastic surgeon who's leaving plastics for a chance to work with House.
  • Jacobs somewhat jokingly said she "may commit to a beautiful make-out scene for Cuddy."
  • The post-Super Bowl episode will be a two-parter, and Jacobs said she doesn't think the show will do "anything wacky" to grab ratings.

So? Discuss!


madelineandnine madelineandnine 10 years
love house! hugh laurie is amazing! i wait with baited breath for the new season!
Neural Neural 10 years
*love* house.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Thanks for the scoop, Buzz! Can't wait for the new season of one of the best shows ever.
mangopassion mangopassion 10 years
Totally love this show! i hope the branching out and bringing in new characters doesn't ruin the show. I do like that they are trying to keep it exciting, lets just hope there are no sharks involved here.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
I love this show. Hugh Laurie is such a real life hottie, yet such an unattractive asswich on the show. Egads, I luuurrrve me some Hugh Laurie.
celebritypwns celebritypwns 10 years
I absolutely love House. I love the guy because hes such a prick but people have to respect what he can do. The way it ended wasn't quite what I hoped, but this next season should be great.
sugarbecky sugarbecky 10 years
House is may fave show and I can't wait for the new season!
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
Yay!! House funny because just last night I was reading spoilers on is the perfect way to start my day! (and yeah Hugh's looking pretty fine in that bumper car)
angeldevilwings angeldevilwings 10 years
I love House. Too bad Sela Ward isn't on it anymore because they looked perfect together.
Oka1 Oka1 10 years
I can't wait either. I love this show so much.
juliette juliette 10 years
Sounds Good! I'm really loving that pic of Hugh Laurie in the go-cart :)
eddie27 eddie27 10 years
Can not wait!! House is super hot!
Daylyn Daylyn 10 years
Yay for house! I can't wait :) Especially since I will now have tuesday evenings off from work!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Definitely interested and excited!
memorie memorie 10 years
As am I! I love House! :D
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Ooooh I am intrigued and excited!
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