In an interview with the UK's Daily Record, the British actor revealed that once Fox's medical drama comes to an end, he's done with TV roles.
"I think I have been rather spoiled here [in America]," he said. "I can't imagine there will be another one quite like this. And I think I am extremely lucky to have had the one shot that I have had at it, and I wouldn't go looking for lightning to strike twice."
The good folks over at Spinner have compiled a bunch of videos of TV celebs from Joey Lawrence to Zooey Deschanel as they showcase their vocal chops. Though a number of singers have moved from music to television, this list features stars who made it big on the small screen before picking up a microphone, to varying degrees of success.
Forbes has released its annual list of the Top 10 highest paid actors on TV and the usual suspects -- Charlie Sheen, Hugh Laurie, Ray Romano -- are still present. However, some of these actors have already left their TV homes, and others might not have shows to pay them after this year.
Sheen's off 'Two and a Half Men' and production on his new sitcom has yet to begin, Romano's 'Men of a Certain Age' was canceled and it's looking like this could possibly be the last seasons for 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'House.'
He reinforced his love for music Thursday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) in an interview with Ann Curry, and also performed a track from the album. "I can't really explain it," he told Curry. "It's been with me all my life. I was about ten years old, I heard a blues song on the radio and it was like a thunderbolt. I had this sort of jolt of electricity and I knew this music would be with me all my life."
I keep expecting this whole 'Eddie Murphy hosts the Oscars' thing to be a faulty meme, but now that the news is confirmed, I guess I'll have to come to grips with it. Okay -- done. After all, Murphy is one of the highest-grossing movie stars of all time, can be very very funny, and has proven he can still be funny without using swears ('Shrek'). He has been nominated for "The Statue." (And who can hold it against him if he left the theater shortly after he lost it to Alan Arkin?)
Truth is, the most shocking thing about this whole whirlwind of a story is that Brett Ratner is co-producing the Oscars. Has the Academy looked at his resume lately? What am I saying? These are the same people who thought James Franco and Anne Hathaway were the answer to their problems.
"I don't vote," Ferguson said. "It seem to me a cruel and unusual thing to do."
Laurie also took issue with the idea of comparing actors for completely different roles. "Unless you could get five actors to play the same role," he said. "Then you could have a competition."
So they started speculating who might go up alongside Laurie playing Dr. House. They started off with an obvious win for Laurie by choosing Andrew Dice Clay, But when Ferguson threw out John Goodman, Laurie faltered, thinking it was brilliant.
While the most elite A-Listers make millions in movies, it's much less lucrative for everyone else. TV, on the other hand, offers a steady paycheck. Six-digit paydays add up when you take a 22- or 13-episode season into account.
It probably won't surprise you to know that Ashton Kutcher, who is filling Charlie Sheen's shoes on 'Two and a Half Men,' tops the comedy list with a salary of $700,000 per episode -- half a million dollars less than what Sheen was making. 'House' star Hugh Laurie makes the same $700,000 for every hourlong episode of the Fox medical drama.
Oprah Winfrey's ceded poll position to Lady Gaga, despite earning roughly three times as much.
Gaga's moved up from No. 4 on the list, which measures celebrity power through a combination of entertainment-related earnings, media visibility and social media popularity.
Although 'Forbes' estimated Gaga's earnings in the last year as $90 million -- as opposed to Oprah's mighty $290 million -- it also noted the huge importance of her 32 million Facebook fans and 10 million Twitter followers.
'Forbes' editor Dorothy Pomerantz explained that, "Lady Gaga beat Oprah this year because of her social media power. She can use Twitter and Facebook to work the 'little monsters' into a frenzy that leads to record sales and media attention. She's the best example of how celebrities will need to manage their careers in the coming years."
An x-ray showed that while muscle had grown, so had three tumors in House's leg. And, being the calm and rational medical professional he is, House did what any sane and normal person would do. He decided to operate on his own leg ... in his bathtub.
It went about as well as expected, which means terribly. Luckily, he was able to get a hold of Cuddy to come in and save the day. So, this wasn't the big drama for the season finale. What do you think that will be?
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.
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.
"If the guest can actually play the mouth organ, we have a very expensive golden mouth organ," he explained to Hugh Laurie on 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS). "You can win it if you can actually play ... and I'm not talking messing around just suckin' and blowin'." The host was skeptical that Laurie was up to the task.
After a rough start (which he blamed on the instrument's low quality), Laurie launched into a decent performance of 'Oh Susanna'. And with that, the golden harmonica was presented to the 'House' star on a red velvet pillow.
"I don't even understand the first thing about the game," he said. "This I know will annoy people who desperately want to go to the game, and I'm taking a ticket. Sorry."
Still, the star was excited, and despite not understanding the rules, he said he could recognize the athleticism of the sport.
As for where he was sitting, Laurie had no idea. He theorized, though, that placement could be very revealing. "I suppose we will find out just exactly where we rank in FOX's affections by where we're sitting," he said.
'House' creator David Shore's life would have been very different had he never left the law firm where he worked as a municipal and corporate lawyer for six years and had never followed his best friends from the firm to Los Angeles.
And imagine if he had returned to the firm after having never found success writing for shows like 'Due South,' 'The Practice,' 'Law & Order' and 'Hack'? Ironically -- as Shore told the large audience at a Q&A session at Toronto's York University -- had he never become a lawyer, he may never have created 'House' at all.
In the latest installment of the 'Treehouse of Horror' series, Daniel Radcliffe guest starred as "Edmund." The 'Harry Potter' star played a vampire ... whose name and attitude resembled a character from a very famous film and book series ... Maybe you can name the character we're thinking of?
After saving Lisa from a series of accidents (just like in 'Twilight'!), Edmund offered to bite her on the neck and make her immortal. To which Lisa promptly said: No thank you.
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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