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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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Fox Renews 'Bob's Burgers,' Robert Sean Leonard Might Leave 'House' and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 7th 2011 6:00PM
Bob's BurgersFox has ordered a new batch of 'Bob's Burgers.'

(Listen, people, the pun writes itself.)

The network announced today that its freshman animated series will return for a second season in the fall.

"'Bob's Burgers' has proved to be a perfect neighbor to our slate of fan-favorite animated families this year," said Fox president of entertainment Kevin Reilly. "The series has found its own really unique, irreverent voice and is doing consistent business for us on Sundays, so we're excited to serve up another season to the fans."

The show follows a family-run burger joint.

In other TV news ...

'House' star Robert Sean Leonard says this could be his last season on the Fox show. The star's contract is up at the end of the current season, and he might want to spend his time on Broadway and with his family instead. [TV Line]

'My So-Called Life' will start airing on the Sundance Channel on April 25. Could Sundance, which also airs 'The Comeback,' become the new home to beloved-but-canceled series? [THR]

Collette Wolfe, who plays Travis's girlfriend on 'Cougar Town,' has joined a new pilot. The actress will co-star alongside Ryan Hansen on ABC's 'Lovelines.' She replaces Amanda Loncar in the comedy. [TV Line]

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'House' - 'Open and Shut' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 27th 2010 9:00AM
Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard and Cynthia Watros on
(S06E18) "When you think about it, tons of couples do what we do. It's just that with most of them, one spouse doesn't know. We decided things work better when people tell each other the truth." - Julia, the patient, on her open marriage to Tom


Last night's episode had a theme that didn't involve lessons like eating nothing but rabbit meat is lethal or that hemlock can cause tachycardia and uncontrollable salivation.

It was all about relationships and trust. Some were obvious like the never-ending drama between Taub and his exasperated wife and some not so much like the unspoken one between Wilson and House and the woman who has come between them.

And just so you know, this episode doesn't end with unnecessary double-male spooning, so feel free to read on ahead while you enjoy that tasty Jimmy Dean pancake sausage on a stick.

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Wilson and Sam Fight on 'House' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 27th 2010 1:30AM
Wilson and Sam Fight on 'House'Dealing with your ex-wife can be hard. This is certainly the case on 'House' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox). Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) is attempting to reconcile with his ex-wife Samantha (Cynthia Watros). Unfortunately, the two of them are still fighting about the same things that made them divorce in the first place. In the course of their fighting, some harsh words get tossed around.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'House' - 'Knight Fall' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 20th 2010 7:50AM
(S06E17) "If you force him to choose, you might not like the answer." - Cuddy's advice to House on how to handle Wilson reconnecting with his first wife

One of the hardest things for a long running show to do is keeping the audience guessing. That's not normally a problem for 'House,' a show that throws around more 15-letter medical words and scientific terms than a 'NOVA' marathon.

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Girlfriend Trouble on 'House' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 20th 2010 2:40AM
Girlfriend Trouble on 'House'People are fighting on 'House' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox). Well, of course they are. Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) is involved, which pretty much inevitably leads to either crankiness or a fight. But in this case, House is starting an argument in order to protect his best friend.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'House' - 'Lockdown' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 13th 2010 8:37AM
David Strathairm and Hugh Laurie on 'House'
(S06E16) "I'm going to be dead in a few hours. Your secrets couldn't be safer, unless you're keeping them from yourself." - Nash to House


'House'
entered into one of television's most overused cliches last night: the "randomly stuck together somewhere plot line." It's happened so many times that attempting to count all of them would require a NASA scientist, a team of fact checkers and one of those slick-looking slide rules that only a handful of people left in the universe know how to use.

This time, the team gets separated into different parts of the hospital during a lock down. Each has their own interesting stories to tell as they whittle away the hours, and each have varying degrees of success.

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'House' - 'Black Hole' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 16th 2010 5:22AM
Chase (Jesse Spencer, R) and Taub (Peter Jacobson, L) remove a small section of inflamed brain tissue from their patient, Abby (guest star Cali Fredrichs, C), in the HOUSE episode
(S06E15) I couldn't find a really good quote to transcribe or even characterize this week's episode, because the whole turn of events are a jumbled lump of clay in my head.

Normally, a show that goes by so fast that I need a drag chute just to figure out what's going on would turn me away from it, but the dramatic tension that 'House' creates kept me velcroed in front of it all the way to the end.

Sure my head still hurts from trying to understand the science of it all, but the dramatic and even comedic angles makes for some fine-tasting Advil.

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Chase Delves Into Dating, Loses a Bet on 'House' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 8th 2010 11:52PM
House, Wilson, ChaseCould the bromance between House and Wilson become a threesome? They're getting awfully chummy with Chase these days.

On 'House' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox), House bet Chase that Chase would still land a bunch of phone numbers from girls, even if he dropped his accent, kept mum about being a doc, and generally acted slovenly.

Chase lost the bet. Pay up, bitch. Kind of a sad commentary on the female society, though, isn't it? Are we really that focused on looks?

Watch the video after the jump.

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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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'Lost' Star Cynthia Watros Snags A 'House' Role

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 6th 2010 11:02AM
cynthia watrosCynthia Watros, the dearly departed Libby on 'Lost,' is leaving Hurley for Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard). Watros will be appearing in a recurring role on 'House,' playing one of Wilson's many ex-wives. In fact, not only is she playing Wilson's very first ex-wife, but it looks like they'll be rekindling their relationship.

Watros is set to appear on several episodes, so it appears as though House (Hugh Laurie) doesn't chase her off right away. Of course, she probably became intimately acquainted with House during her marriage to Wilson, so his antics can't be anything that new to her. Regardless, it takes a brave woman to step back into that minefield -- especially now that House and Wilson are roommates. He kind of makes the Smoke Monster look like a gentle breeze.

We haven't seen Wilson in a real relationship since Cutthroat Bitch (Anne Dudek) died, and since I don't think House said "yes" to Wilson's recent proposal, it seems like a good time to have him fall in love again. What do you think? Do you want to see Wilson with his ex, or should he really just focus on his true soul-mate, House?

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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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