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More about that House spinoff

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 6th 2008 11:01AM
house 2 with caneBack in May -- remember that far back -- Isabelle wrote about the fact that David Shore, creator of House, was contemplating a new show. It was a spinoff of House, but not a medical show. It was going to be in the private eye genre.

Newark Star-Ledger columnist Alan Sepinwall (with Dan Feinberg) did an interview with David recently and found out some more information about the spinoff.

"We brought in a character, partway through the year, [actor] Michael Weston as this private investigator House goes to. The spinoff would be less of a spinoff, it would be more us using House to launch it. It would be an independent world. A character out of the House mold, but definitely different."

Shore said that we can expect Michael Weston -- which is funny that that's the same name as Jeffrey Donovan's character on Burn Notice, only that character's name is spelled Westen -- to appear early in the new season.

According to Shore, "House is constantly sending people to break into people's homes, and he does it the right way in one episode. It's a character that only House could love."

Finally, Shore revealed that he wants to do this kind of story because... "I've always loved The Rockford Files." Hmm, Rockford. Interesting. Who could Shore cast in a role that has the charm of James Garner's Jim Rockford and the irascibility of Hugh Laurie's Gregory House?

I would have no trouble tuning in to watch a detective series in The Rockford Files tradition -- which is what Magnum, P.I. was inspired by -- and with David Shore behind the creation, I have faith the show would be something worth watching. There really aren't many detective shows on TV right now, what with all the procedurals and forensics. I could get psyched about this. (Speaking of which, I love the Psych detectives.)

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Well phooey! I was hoping Hugh would get an Emmy. I've never even heard of the show or actor that won.
I love House..and Hugh Laurie does an outstanding job playing the part. Sorry Hugh. You deserved an Emmy. You will always be an emmy winner in my eyes! :)
Looking forward to the next episode. ~~~

September 22 2008 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Iwa Iniki

Personally I would love to see Hugh Laurie do a detective show. I really like "House", but someday it will end, and It would be nice to see Hugh Laurie do something different. He is so multi-talented. Why not give him a try as a detective?

August 07 2008 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Iwa Iniki's comment

Hugh Laurie got his start in another of his many talents.

Years ago he played a semi-aristocratic Brit in a comedy called, "Jeeves and Wooster". Laurie was Bertie Wooster who got into many very Brit type scrapes and was gotten out by the brilliance of his "Man" Jeeves.

Everytime I see Hugh Laurie on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" I wish Jay would talk about Bertie Wooster and show some clips from, "Jeeves and Wooster".

Awhile back I saw something with the star who played Jeeves. Wish I could remember what the show was that I saw and what the name of the actor is who played Jeeves. He was very good and it is a shame he hasn't made it today as Laurie has. I would like to see him get a regular show too.

"Jeeves and Wooster" can be caught late at night on PBS.

September 12 2008 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Stephen Fry would be your man... and he more than holds his own. Absolute Power is a pretty darn good show sharring Fry... also worth chasing up is 'A Bit Of Fry & Laurie' a sketch show thingy...

J&W is a classic under-rated show if ever there was one...

September 24 2008 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think I mentioned last time that this is ironic as House was inspired by Sherlock Holmes, but I'll mention it again. (And that Sherlock Holmes was inspired by an MD...)

August 06 2008 at 5:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So will this be a more serious Monk?

August 06 2008 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love House and don't want any focus taken off it, especially as it begins to enter its senior years.

However I'm more than happy to give the new show a change. Guess a lot will depend on how good his first episodes on House are.

August 06 2008 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Michael Weston is the name of the actor playing the spinoff character. Weston has also appeared as a guest star on Scrubs as Private Dancer and a more memorable appearance on Six Feet Under as Jake, David's attacker.

He's quite good and House is a good show, thus nothing really too bad to come out of this.

August 06 2008 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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