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'House' Renewed for Season 8

by Jean Bentley, posted May 10th 2011 1:15PM
HouseAfter some late-hour negotiations, Fox has finally struck a deal with the cast of 'House' to return for an eighth season.

The network announced today that the medical drama will be back in the fall with all of its main cast in tact.

"Over the past seven seasons, 'House' has redefined the medical drama and has given us one of television's most compelling and iconic characters," said Fox President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly in a press release.

"From the producers to the incredible writers to the unbelievably talented cast and crew, the 'House' team is fearless in its creativity and I can't wait to see what they have in store next year."

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Is House Turning to Harder Drugs to Manage His Pain? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 10th 2011 12:35AM
'House' - 'The Fix'With Dr. House spiraling back out of control after his break-up with Cuddy on 'House' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX) it was only a matter of time before he slipped back into drugs, right? But I don't think any of us saw the direction this might take.

We were shocked when we saw him heating up heroin on a spoon and injecting it into his arm. Yes, House is damaged and he's in chronic pain. We get that he's hurting and he's never shied away from self-medication. But heroin!? Will he have to be booked on 'Intervention' next?

As it turned out, this was actually an experimental drug that might actually improve the problem in his leg by regrowing muscle. What does it say of us that we were ready to believe House had fallen so far he would resort to heroin in his despair? Were you tricked as we were?

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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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Lottery Winner Nearly Duped by a Fake Lost Love on 'House' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 3rd 2011 1:16AM
Donal Logue, 'House'Winning the lottery can be both the greatest experience of your life, and one of the most frightening. Any time money is involved, people tend to go crazy. Just look at what happens to a lot of families when there's an inheritance on the line. Lottery winners face the biggest changes of all, as evidenced on 'House' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX).

Fresh off the under-appreciated 'Terriers,' Donal Logue was on as Cyrus, a lottery winnner who thought he'd reconnected with his long-lost love. Thanks to Thirteen, though, he learned that he was yet another victim of a money-grubbing relative.

His cousin, who he'd hired as his limo driver, perpetrated the scam to get even more money out of him and it nearly worked. Because it had been so long since Cyrus had seen the girl he loved, his cousin was able to bring in a fake love.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for May 2 - 8

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 2nd 2011 2:25AM
Friday Night Lights - Wednesday May 4, 10PM ET/PT, Global (Friday, 8PM ET/PT, NBC in US)

Things start to go sideways for the Taylors as the fifth and final season of 'FNL' moves into its middle period. The arrival of Mr. Howard in his life stirs up images of the old Vince -- the angry, sullen kid standing on the edge of a precipice.

Becky and Mindy make a strange peace, and Tyra's older sister finally gets a plotline all to herself. Meanwhile, Tami continues her campaign to reach out to troubled East Dillon students, and is met by much apathy. She may have finally met a kid who doesn't respond to her no-nonsense charm. As always with this show, there is an undercurrent of impending doom and somehow, hope.

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It's the 'Last Temptation' of Amber Tamblyn's Masters on 'House' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 19th 2011 1:18AM
'House' - 'Last Temptation'Masters finally reached her breaking point on 'House' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX). Ironically, or perhaps not considering the arc of the character, it came when she'd finally completed her reluctant transformation into a House-like doctor.

Lying and manipulating in order to save a patient's life has been a staple of Dr. House's methodology for so long, we almost take it for granted. But for Masters, it's something she has pretty openly wanted nothing to do with.

After saving her patient's life, but at the cost of her own moral code, Masters reached a crossroads. She needed to either embrace the "dark side," as it were, or forge her own path.

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Thirteen Goes Wilde, Knees Damon Lindelof in the Groin on 'House' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 12th 2011 9:45PM
Olivia Wilde is playing tough these days. The talented actress with a slight Irish accent (she was born in NYC but raised in Ireland) kicked butt in 'TRON: Legacy' and showed her mettle in Monday's episode of 'House' (Mondays, 8PM ET on Fox).

Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley (Wilde) is fresh out of jail -- she won't say exactly why she was incarcerated -- and House (Hugh Laurie) picks her up at the prison. Later, Thirteen and House are driving around and Thirteen directs him to a suburban home. She gets out of the car, walks up to the house and knocks on the door. When a man (TV producer Damon Lindelof) answers, she knees him in the groin. Thirteen then bends over, says something to him, gets up, and walks back to the car. All the while House is mystified about the action.

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It's an Old-Fashioned Spud Gun Showdown on 'House' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 12th 2011 3:55AM
'House' - 'The Dig'For the 150th episode of 'House' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox), the titular character pulled Thirteen out of the familiar environs of the hospital to try and get to the truth of her incarceration. He also wanted some help taking down a young rival in a "spud gun" competition.

Unfortunately, Thirteen wasn't quite able to live up to House's hype to the kid, Harold. In fact, House wasn't even able to maintain the hype.

First he tried to pass her off as a Russian physicist, but Harold knew that woman was 72 years old. Then House shifted to Thirteen being her granddaughter, but the kid wasn't buying that either.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Californication,' 'Smallville,' and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 8th 2011 10:00AM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Californication,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'House,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Modern Family,' 'Private Practice,' and 'Smallville.'

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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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EXCLUSIVE 'House' 150th Episode Clip: Thirteen Returns! (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 4th 2011 11:50AM
'House' is celebrating a huge milestone next week: 150 episodes of pill-popping, nickname-giving, extreme diagnosing drama.

The episode, titled 'The Dig' (airs Mon., April 11, 8PM ET on Fox), also has a very special surprise: it marks the return of fan-favorite doc Thirteen, played by Olivia Wilde.

'House' 150th Episode: Thirteen Returns
Thirteen has been in prison for the last six months, and House isn't gonna stop until he figures out why. (I mean, really, I can't wait to hear why.) To him, it's just another puzzle that needs solving -- and another way to torture someone on his team.

AOL TV has this exclusive clip from the 150th episode featuring House (Hugh Laurie) and Thirteen sparring, just like old times, as they prepare to embark on an epic roadtrip on their way back to Princeton Plainsboro. This isn't your typical roadtrip with beef jerky and classic radio sing-alongs, but it does include a spud gun competition against House's rival. Naturally.

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Shohreh Aghdashloo Heads to 'House,' Jeff Hephner Gets New Role and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 28th 2011 4:00PM
Shohreh AghdashlooEmmy-winner and Oscar-nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo is making a 'House' call.

According to TVLine, the '24' veteran will appear in the Fox medical drama's season finale. Aghdashloo's role is being kept under wraps, but TVLine's Michael Ausiello theorizes she'll be House's new mother-in-law.

Aghdashloo recently popped up on 'Law & Order: SVU' and before that had guest roles on shows such as 'Flash Forward,' 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'ER.'

In other casting news ...

'Battlestar Galactica' veteran Katee Sackhoff has joined A&E's 'Longmire.' Sackhoff will play one of Walt Longmire's deputies. Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase and Cassidy Freeman have also joined the cast. [Deadline]

Jeff Hephner is going from 'Playboy' to 'Boss.' Hephner, who was formerly attached to star in NBC's 'Playboy,' will star opposite Kelsey Grammer in the Starz series about the mayor of Chicago. [Deadline]

Aubrey Dollar will guest star on 'The Good Wife.' The 'Women's Murder Club' star has been tapped to play a nurse Kalinda buddies up to for information. [TVLine]

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'House' Season 7, Episode 17 Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 22nd 2011 7:30AM
Hugh Laurie and Omar Epps on 'House'['House' - 'Fall From Grace']

The reason 'House' garnered such a huge following when it first took to the airwaves wasn't just the unique storytelling formula, the familiar twist on classic literary characters, or the new approach to telling a mystery story in 45 minutes or less.

It wasn't even because of the main character's bizarre behavior, which would get any other doctor fired from a free clinic operating out of a used boxcar in The Middle of Nowhere, Arkansas.

For me, at least, it was its ability to twist the story of almost every episode with just the right amount of finesse and shock. It didn't turn the rope so hard that it could stop the blood flow of a healthy mare, but it could still get your attention. Monday's mid-season-ender returned to that early form just in time.

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'House' Season 7, Episode 16 Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 15th 2011 8:35AM
Lisa Edelstein and Hugh Laurie on 'House'['House' - 'Out of the Chute']

So, after a full season of the kind of lovey-dovey loving that eventually seems to permeate every drama, comedy and mystery show on the dial, we finally get some classic 'House'. All it took was a little heartbreak and a whole lot of pills.

Cuddy hands his heart back to his bad Vicodin-popping self and because House treats all personal news with the decorum of a coked-up rhino, he goes on his usual self-centered bender (hookers, high priced hotels, more hookers).

And while a return to House's old form sounds like an excuse for the writers' room to lay off the medical know-how, it actually does a good job of blending two stories into one seamless episode. Wait, we are still talking about 'House,' right?

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'House' Season 7, Episode 15 Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 8th 2011 5:45AM
Hugh Laurie and Lisa Edelstein from ['House' - "Bombshells"]

'House' hasn't been the show that everyone has been looking forward to seeing at the end of a hard day. It's not something that most people stare at the office wall clock praying that the minutes go by so they can learn what interesting or scary disease someone has contracted and how, when, or where it will kill them.

Someone out there is still watching it though, other than contractually obligated TV critics. It's not burning up the charts, but it handily scores the top spots vs. its competition in that all-important age 18-49 demographic. Could it be that TV fans have just been hanging on through all this viscerally painful viewing to see how their favorite medical detective (well, only if you don't count 'Quincy' and Dick Van Dyke's character on 'Diagnosis: Murder' in a very distant third) is doing in his difficult time of unending happiness?

Last night, they got their answer. The moment we all saw coming when Cuddy and House finally hooked up way back at the end of last season came when we didn't see it coming.

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