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Lisa Edelstein Books 'The Good Wife' Role

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 23rd 2011 4:15PM
Lisa EdelsteinHoly Cuddy! Former 'House' star Lisa Edelstein has joined the cast of 'The Good Wife' for a multi-episode arc.

According to TVLine, Edelstein will play a character from Will's (Josh Charles) past -- a lawyer, naturally. Details are scarce, but TVLine describes her character as "a lawyer and born poker player whose sexiness is enhanced by her obvious intelligence."

Edelstein left 'House' after Season 7, deciding not to renew her contract for what many are considering the final season.

"After much consideration, I am moving onward with a combination of disappointment at leaving behind a character I have loved playing for seven years and excitement of the new opportunities in acting and producing that lie ahead," Edelstein said in a statement.

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Who Should Replace Lisa Edelstein on 'House'?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 23rd 2011 4:00PM
Lisa Edelstein, 'House'Cuddy has always been the voice of reason at Princeton Plainsboro, but next season there'll be a new boss on 'House.'

Lisa Edelstein, the actress whose character has bickered with (and eventually hooked up with) Dr. House, will not be returning for the show's eighth -- and likely final -- season. Instead, we just learned she'll be headed to 'The Good Wife.'

We know Huddy fans don't want to think about it, but who could ever replace her? It's possible they could promote from within, but they probably don't want to ruin the team dynamic either. And if they bumped Wilson up to bossman status, that would certainly complicate his friendship with House even more.

So we've come up with a list of strong contenders ... all women, as it turns out, so I guess we like that sexual tension, too. I mean, someone's gonna have to be the soft feminine shoulder for House to cry on when his favorite sparring partner says goodbye, right?

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Breaking: Lisa Edelstein Leaving 'House'

by Chris Harnick, posted May 17th 2011 2:15PM
Lisa Edelstein, HouseHuddy fans, you better have a seat: Lisa Edelstein will not return to 'House' for the show's eighth (and probably final) season.

According to Deadline, Edelstein and costars Omar Epps and Robert Sean Leonard were not under contract for the eighth season. However, Epps and Leonard signed new deals and Edelstein was expected to ... until she decided not to.

"After much consideration, I am moving onward with a combination of disappointment at leaving behind a character I have loved playing for seven years and excitement of the new opportunities in acting and producing that lie ahead," Edelstein said in a statement.

As part of the new deal that was being negotiated, the actress had been asked to cut her per episode salary.

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'House' Faces Budget Cuts, Mark Burnett to Produce Emmys and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 5th 2011 2:30PM
HouseWhy is Fox waiting to renew 'House,' its top-rated drama? Well, the show needs to cut its budget by 20 percent.

According to Deadline, Fox is trying to cut the license fee with Universal Media Studios, attempting to bring each episode around the $5 million mark to produce.

However, UMS reportedly cannot produce 'House' in its current incarnation on just $5 million. The network and studio are not budging. 'House' brings in more than $1 billion in syndication, Fox license fees and international rights.

Cast members Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps are in talks to return for the eighth and possible final season. The trio make around $175,000 per episode and could see that and their episode order reduced. Hugh Laurie's $400,000 per episode salary will not be touched.

In other TV news ...

'The Wire' star Seth Gilliam will stop by 'The Good Wife.' Gilliam will appear in the season 2 finale as a man on trial for murdering a judge. [TVLine]

Mark Burnett will produce the Emmy Award ceremony on Fox. Burnett, who is an Emmy winner himself, has produced the MTV Movie Awards and People's Choice Awards. The ceremony will air on Sept. 18. [LA Times]

Former 'Doctor Who' star Christopher Eccleston will not return for a 50th anniversary special. Graham Norton asked Eccleston if he'd take part in any special, to which he responded "No. Never bathe in the same river twice." [Blastr]

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'House' Star Hugh Laurie Discusses the Power of Nudity on 'Ellen' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 22nd 2010 12:05AM
'House' Star Hugh Laurie Discusses the Power of Nudity on 'Ellen'Hugh Laurie has just begn the seventh season of the series 'House.' And although the show revolves around the more curmudgeonly aspects of Dr. House, M.D., all good things must come to an end. So now, House has entered into a relationship with Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein). It remains to be seen if this romantic pairing spells plot-line doom for the show or not. But one thing that has happened as a result -- Hugh Laurie is forced to get naked! That's what we all wanted to see, right?

On 'Ellen' (weekdays, syndicated), Laurie met with host DeGeneres to discuss the whole "nudity" thing. First, Ellen wanted to know if Hugh danced -- then asked if he dances around naked, which is not a question that we'd ever ask . But hey, she's the talk show host, not us. Laurie admitted to occasionally dancing nude, which brought an unexpected cheer from the crowd. Hurray!

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'House' Season 7 Preview: House and Cuddy, Sittin' in a Tree ...

by Kim Potts, posted Sep 13th 2010 1:00PM
HouseActually, the crab-tacular doctor and his boss are doing more than sittin' in a tree. A lot more than sittin' in a tree ...

Yes, Huddy fans, the relationship you've been hoping for, the one that House (Hugh Laurie) once hallucinated had already happened, will unfold in the show's new season.

In fact, when the seventh season of 'House' premieres on Sept. 20 (8PM ET, Fox), Dr. House and Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) will be in a full-blown relationship, kissing, snuggling, hot bedroom scenes and all.

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Lisa Edelstein Talks About Being a Cheerleader for Donald Trump (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 14th 2010 9:30PM
Lisa Edelstein Talks About Being a Cheerleader for Donald TrumpThe guest tonight on 'The Kilborn File' (weeknights, 7PM ET on Fox), was Lisa Edelstein, star of the hit series 'House.' Lisa discussed how -- at the tender age of 16 -- she was a cheerleader for a professional football team owned by Donald Trump.

Ms. Edelstein soon got in trouble at her job, though. She organized a protest, because the team was forcing the cheerleaders to go and stand in bars while wearing their tiny, tiny uniforms. Lisa said she felt this was "akin to prostitution." So she started a cheerleader strike. "I was a feminist," she said to host Craig Kilborn. "A feminist in hot pants."

So, now you know that. And now, let's enter the very brief trivia contest section of this column:

A) Lisa Edelstein was a cheerleader for Donald Trump's New Jersey Generals. What short-lived football league were they a part of?

B) Lisa Edelstein is a pretty good-looking lady, no? But can you guess how old she actually is?


Answers coming after the jump ...

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A Kiss on 'House' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 17th 2010 11:45PM
A Kiss on 'House'It's been a long time coming on 'House' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox).

[Spoiler alert.]

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Burglary on 'House' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 10th 2010 11:00PM
Burglary on 'House'Sometimes, an item has special sentimental value. And sometimes, an item has even more value than that. On 'House' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox), Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) loses a valuable book, then goes to great lengths to get it back.

[Spoiler alert.]

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Lisa Edelstein on Being Single With No Children at Age 43 (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 10th 2010 4:00PM
Being single with no children at the age of 43 is just fine for Lisa Edelstein of 'House,' despite the pressure on her as a woman to have babies, the actress said on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated). Edelstein said she's comfortable with the choices she's made in life and did what was natural for her.

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Review: 'House' - '5 to 9'

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 9th 2010 1:13AM
Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein, R) asks House (Hugh Laurie, L) for some advice in the HOUSE episode '5 to 9.'
(S06E14) "You can do it." - Cuddy

I get the reason for making an episode like '5 to 9.' Long running show that's popular. Established characters and story structure. The desire for David Shore, Katie Jacobs, and the rest of the 'House' crew to try something different is to be expected. However, that doesn't mean they should have done it. '5 to 9' wasn't a bad episode (in many ways, it felt like a back-door pilot for Cuddy), but it was, in a word, pointless. At the end of the day, '5 to 9' doesn't really add anything to the world of 'House,' and its outside-the-box attempt at being different just ended up being forgettable.

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Review: 'House' - 'Moving the Chains'

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 2nd 2010 8:26AM
Foreman's (Omar Epps, L) already difficult relationship with his brother Marcus (guest star Orlando Jones, R) becomes worse when House (Hugh Laurie, C) gets between them in the HOUSE episode 'Moving the Chains.'
(S06E13) "Hey, I don't care where an idea comes from as long as it makes sense and embarrasses someone." - House

I've long wondered if Foreman's brother Marcus was someone we'd eventually meet on 'House.' That being said, it's been six and a half seasons and even though we'd heard bits and pieces about him, I had reconciled that he just wasn't going to show up. If anything, the timing felt a little odd.

But if you think about it, the entire plot featuring Marcus (Orlando Jones) was just about as generically evergreen as plots on 'House' get -- this could've fit into any previous season had the writers felt like telling this story sooner. I wish they had, especially if you consider the fact that after all the cast shake-ups this show has been through, Foreman has been one of the few constants. It's about time we found out more about the guy.

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Review: House - Remorse

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 26th 2010 1:15AM
House (Hugh Laurie, R) is interested in meeting an attractive patient (Beau Garrett, L) who he believes suffers from psychopathy in the HOUSE episode 'Remorse.'
(S06E12) "Yes, it's hilarious! Great to see what a success your therapy was!" - Wilson

Ever since the season six premiere way back in September, one of the biggest complaints that I've heard or read House fans make is how the show's creative team seemed to abandon any of House's lessons from therapy. He no longer seemed to be getting better and for the most part, House was back to his old crotchety self, thus negating his stay at Mayfield.

That quote up above from Wilson felt like a little bit of an inside joke -- the writers get it, too. So with "Remorse," not only did we get the best patient-of-the-week case we've seen this season, but we also got to see House trying ... a little. But, to make a pun, if it ain't "broken," don't fix it, and crotchety House still works.

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Review: House - The Down Low

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 12th 2010 1:22PM
House (Hugh Laurie, C) and Thirteen (Olivia Wilde, L) reveal some interesting information about their patient, Mickey (guest star Ethan Embry, R), in the HOUSE episode 'The Down Low.'
(S06E11) "You're OK with that right? You're not gonna put a pillow over his face?" - House

After a short hiatus, House was back last night with one of the better episodes this season that still followed the old "mystery patient" formula. However, it expanded upon just the patient du jour with three very entertaining storylines and the hour made a good argument for why Thirteen and Taub deserved to come back.

While the show can still be nerve-wracking at times, if only because you know it's all building up to House's light bulb moment at the end, it's good to know that the journey to that moment doesn't always have to be the same.

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Review: House - Wilson

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 30th 2009 11:58PM
Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard, L) discusses treatment of a patient with Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein, R) in the HOUSE episode 'Wilson.'
(S06E10) "They're all dying. They're all your friends." - House

Episodes like this are why I've faithfully stuck with House after six and a half seasons. Sure, more often than not, House can get stale -- it's the same thing, week in and out, and even something shocking (like Kutner offing himself last year or Cameron saying good-bye two weeks ago) isn't enough to take away from the fact that it's just another episode with another wacky case. But episodes like "Broken", and now "Wilson," are proof that there are so many more layers that need exploring in the world of Princeton Plainsboro.

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