House (TV series)
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Clockwise from bottom left — Dr. Cameron, Dr. Foreman, Dr. House, Dr. Chase, Dr. Cuddy and Dr. Wilson
House (formerly titled House, M.D.) is an American television series aired by the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a co-production of Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions, and Bad Hat Harry Productions in association with the NBC Universal Television Studio for the Fox Broadcasting Company.
Heel & Toe Films is the production company of Paul Attanasio and Katie Jacobs. Bad Hat Harry Productions is Bryan Singer's company. And Shore Z Productions is David Shore's company. All three companies are responsible for the production of House; all four people are Executive Producers of the show.
As of the season 2 episode "TB or Not TB", a German production company, MORATIM, is credited in the Copyright notice instead of Universal Network Television. (MORATIM Produktions GmbH & Co. KG - of Pullach im Isartal, Germany). A deal with MORATIM Produktions, which is to receive 25 million Euros from a leasing company in Germany, means that they will produce House for Universal.
The hour-long medical drama debuted in the fall of 2004 and stars Emmy-nominated British actor Hugh Laurie. Laurie plays Dr. Gregory House, a maverick medical genius who heads a team of young diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. Despite his abrasive personality, the members of his team remain steadfast in their loyalty, going to extraordinary lengths to accomplish a common task: diagnosing and treating unusual ailments. As either a running joke or a coincidence, vasculitis is considered and soon dismissed as a cause at least once in almost every episode. Most episodes start outside the hospital, showing the events that will imminently lead to the onset of the week's patient's illness.
A recurring subplot on the show is Dr. House's begrudging fulfillment of his mandatory clinic duty, confounding patients with an eccentric bedside manner and often unorthodox treatments, but impressing them with rapid and accurate diagnoses after seemingly not paying attention. Often some of the rather simple problems House faces in the clinic helps him solve the main case of the show. In one episode, House diagnosed an entire waiting room full of patients on his way out of the clinic.
U.S. ratings and schedule
The show finished its first season on May 24, 2005. Though it started slowly, it began consistently ranking at the top in its time slot, and in the top ten highest rated programs almost every week. This jump has been credited to word-of-mouth advertising and placement right after American Idol. It is now one of the top-rated shows on Fox.
House currently airs Tuesday nights at 9 pm (Eastern/Pacific) on Fox. On November 30, 2005, Fox announced that beginning in January 2006 House will remain in its regular timeslot after American Idol. Fox originally planned to move House to Monday nights at 8 pm, to lead into new episodes of 24 however due to the fact that House has enjoyed high ratings during its Tuesday airings, the network decided not to go with their original plan.
- Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) – Department Head: Diagnostic Medicine, infectious disease specialist and nephrologist.
- Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) – Administration: Dean of Medicine. Though commonly seen as a thorn in House's side, she is an ally and frequently acquiesces to House's (often outlandish) medical requests.
- Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) – Department Head: Oncology. House's best (and only) friend. Currently married to his third wife, Julie, though it has been made clear that the marriage isn't a happy one, and that he has been unfaithful in the past and that would have been the reason that broke up at least one of his marriges.
- Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps) – Department: Diagnostic Medicine, neurologist. House told him in the pilot that one reason he was hired was because he was a former juvenile delinquent who once broke into houses. Despite his youthful offences, Foreman may be the best-adjusted of Dr. House's medical team.
- Dr. Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) – Department: Diagnostic Medicine, immunologist. Cameron is earnest and committed to doing good, in contrast to Dr. House's misanthropy. She became a widow while still in college. In the first season, she expressed a romantic interest in House. In the second season episode "Hunting", while under the influence of narcotics after a HIV scare, she slept with Dr. Chase.
- Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer) – Department: Diagnostic Medicine, intensivist. Chase is ambitious, with an amoral and sycophantic streak. In the first season, he secretly traded details about House's activities to Vogler for job security. Chase grew up in a wealthy Australian family; his father, a prominent rheumatologist who emigrated from Czechoslovakia, abandoned his alcoholic mother when Robert was a child. In the second season episode "The Mistake", Chase learned of his father's death from lung cancer, leading to a fatal string of errors.
- Stacy Warner (Sela Ward) – Dr. House's former girlfriend (she lived with him for five years) and a Constitutional lawyer. Now married to Mark Warner. 7 episodes, 1.21 – 1.22; 2.01, 2.03, 2.06-08. Sela's character rejoined the cast of House at the beginning of season two (for at least seven episodes), working for the hospital as an attorney, but is planned to leave sometime in January 2006.
- Edward Vogler (Chi McBride) – Billionaire, House's nemesis, and former board chairman for the hospital. 5 episodes, 1.14 – 1.18.
- Dr. Rowan Chase (Patrick Bauchau) – Dr. Chase's estranged father and acclaimed rheumatologist. 1 episode, 1.13. In 2.08, the character was revealed to have died of lung cancer.
- 2005 AFI Awards — TV Program of the Year - Official Selection;
- 2005 BMI Film & TV Awards — BMI TV Music Award - Robert del Naja, Grant Marshall, Mushroom Vowles;
- 2005 Emmy — Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series: for the episode, "Three Stories"; written by creator, David Shore;
- 2006 Golden Globe Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Hugh Laurie;
- 2005 Television Critics Assocation Awards — Individual Achievement in Drama - Hugh Laurie.
- 2005 Casting Society of America — Artios Award: Best Dramatic Pilot Casting - Amy Lippens, Coreen Mayrs (location casting), Heike Brandstatter (location casting);
- 2005 Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series - Hugh Laurie;
- 2005 Emmy — Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Dramatic Underscore);
- 2005 Emmy — Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series;
- 2005 Emmy — Outstanding Main Title Design;
- 2005 Image Awards — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Omar Epps ;
- 2005 Motion Picture Sound Editors — Golden Reel Award: Best Sound Editing in Television Short Form: Sound Effects/Foley (for the episode, "Paternity");
- 2005 Satellite Awards — Outstanding Actor in a Series, Drama - Hugh Laurie;
- 2005 Satellite Awards — Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television - Lisa Edelstein;
- 2005 Satellite Awards — Outstanding DVD Release of a Television Show (for Season One);
- 2005 Satellite Awards — Outstanding Television Series - Drama;
- 2005 Television Critics Association Awards — Outstanding Achievement in Drama;
- 2005 Television Critics Association Awards — Outstanding New Program of the Year;
- 2005 Teen Choice Awards; Choice TV Breakout Performance: Male - Jesse Spencer;
- 2005 Teen Choice Awards; Choice TV Breakout Show;
- 2005 Teen Choice Awards; Choice TV Show: Drama.
And the most famous character is Bob who aparrently jumps off a cliff in the last episode. Ya.
- The opening theme is "Teardrop" by Massive Attack, although due to rights and licensing issues this music is not used for the show in the UK, Australia, Italy, New Zealand and Latin America which instead use the song "American Dream" by Jakatta.
- The building used for external shots of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital is actually Princeton University's Frist Campus Center. It is named after the family of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN).
- Hugh Laurie auditioned for the role as Dr. Gregory House in his hotel room bathroom in Namibia. He was rehearsing his role for the film The Flight of the Phoenix and claimed that the bathroom was the only place with enough light. He also apologized for his appearance on tape before the audition as he'd just come back from filming.
- Hugh Laurie's own father was a real doctor. Laurie commented that he feels bad that he's being paid more than his father was for pretending to do his job.
- Jesse Spencer's father and siblings are all doctors.
- Jesse Spencer is Australian, from Melbourne. He played the role of William 'Billy' Kennedy in the Australian soap opera Neighbours for six years.
- Hugh Laurie is English, of Scottish descent, despite Dr. House's Northeast-American accent. Laurie's American accent was convincing enough that when House producer/director Bryan Singer (unaware of Laurie's true nationality) saw his audition tape, Singer pointed to him as an example of a compelling American actor.
- Omar Epps' character, Eric Foreman, shares a name with the lead character on That 70's Show, played by Topher Grace. Both shows air on FOX.
- The show's creator, David Shore, has said in an interview  that the character of Dr. House is partly inspired by Sherlock Holmes. Among the characteristics the two characters share are their ability to come to rapid conclusions after the briefest examination of a client/patient, their drug use (cocaine for Holmes, Vicodin for House), and the fact that each character has only one real friend (Watson and Wilson, respectively) who connects the cerebral hero to human concerns. Also, in one episode House's apartment number is revealed to be 221B, the apartment number of Sherlock Holmes. In addition, the last names of each character are homonymous synonyms (House as House and Holmes as Home).
- The end credit animation for Bad Hat Harry Productions — "That's some bad hat, Harry" — is based on a minor scene in the film Jaws (note the shark fin in the background.)
- The poster in Keith's room near the end of "Detox", is a poster from the New Jersy indie band Senses Fail, off of their "Let It Enfold You" CD.
Dr. House is frequently seen wearing or using consumer products, probably examples of product placement, including:
- Nike Shox running shoes — an ironic nod to his disability
- iPod, iPod Mini, and iPod Shuffle
- Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, he seems to enjoy games from the Metroid series (though the background music is replaced with generic video game sounds)
- PlayStation Portable
- Honda motorcycle
- Poland Spring bottled water
- Seattle's Best Coffee
- XM satellite radio in the conference room adjoining House's office.
- David Shore — series creator, writer, executive producer
- Bryan Singer — executive producer
- Paul Attanasio — executive producer
- Roy H. Wagner, ASC — cinematographer