Hugh Laurie



As the Globes Slowly Spins

I sure hope you didn’t skip 24’s literally explosive Night 2—seriously (as Shonda Rhimes would say), how dark is this new season already?—for the Golden Globes Monday night. All the flowing wine seemed to have loosened and thickened nearly everyone’s tongue, resulting in long speeches that combined with a sluggish pace and an epic number of ads to push the show beyond the 11 pm/ET cutoff time. (You know an awards show is badly time-managed when the seriously big winners are forced to hurry through their speeches.)Anyway, to have had a good time, it looks like you really did have to be there this year. And partake of the bubbly.Imagine the collective yawns and groans across the land when that international bummer Babel (this year’s overly contrived Crash) took home the best drama trophy, handed out by Arnold Schwarzenegger on crutches that could have been a symbol for the whole wobbly though star-studded evening.But enough about movies, with this except... read more

The 2007 Golden Globes: All the Backstage Buzz!

Ugly Betty's America Ferrera and Salma Hayek

It's often said that the Golden Globes is the most fun and relaxed of all award shows, but does that prove especially true backstage, where reporters from around the world question the newly crowned winners? Indeed, unlike the red carpet, the press room is where inquiries can go beyond, "How excited are you?" But how far can the journos go? Read on to find out. 7:50 pm/ET: I have just left the red carpet, and I can't believe they are letting me meander so freely around the hotel. I see Steve Carell and his wife Nancy Walls; Naomi Watts fixing her hair; Michelle Trachtenberg coming in through the back door. It looks like the party is ready to begin. 8:14 pm: A coo read more

How did you feel about how ...

Question: How did you feel about how the writers of House wrapped up the Tritter story line? Am I the only one who thought it was a very limp end to an excruciatingly annoying plotline? I was hoping the creative team would surprise us all and have some bang-up ending to reward us for sticking around until it played out, but I only felt more frustrated when the credits rolled. All that, and no conceivable change in House? In the end, this story didn't seem to do anything to drive the narrative forward. Outside of a seemingly sincere apology to Wilson, all is the same with House and his team. (And the apology won't really change things anyway; Wilson is too loyal to House.) I felt as if almost all of the characters suddenly became unidentifiable and inconsistent. Cuddy simultaneously enabled and scolded House; Wilson was willing to give up his career and his patients just because House was acting like a spoiled teenager; and Cameron never said or did anything that jived with the history ... read more

January 9, 2007: Words and Deeds

If you've watched tonight's show but have never seen Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, then don't bother to rent the DVD. Though it did the whole lobotomy-to-erase-memories-of-love thing much better. At least in that movie, the love was mutual. Here, poor firefighter Derek (Tory Kittles) has a heart attack whenever Amy (Meagan Good), the object of his affection, is near. What's worse is that Derek believes her to be in love with his brother (Jason George). Such is the curse of Broken Heart syndrome. Coupled with male menopause, it's no wonder Derek tried to strangle Cameron. I wish he'd try to strangle Tritter. That no good, self-righteous, smug cop is full of it. He gets House to apologize and then throws out the old action-versus-words speech. So House takes himself to rehab, and Tritter still does not relent. "Even your actions lie." Whatever, Tritter. Get over yourself, I'm so over you. Good thing, too, because it's all over with this guy. David Morse, we love ya, but buh... read more

With all of the buzz about ...

Question: With all of the buzz about House, I finally decided to watch several episodes. The acting was terrific. The characters were very appealing. The writing, however, was appalling. I saw five episodes. They were all the same, at least as far as the main story line was concerned. Patient comes in. House disagrees with the other doctors. House pisses off everyone (doctors, patients, family). House insists on a treatment. Family agrees (despite House's unbelievably rude behavior). The treatment fails. The patient gets worse and almost dies (or some other near catastrophic event). House saves the day. Patient recovers 100 percent. Secondary plot point: House is addicted to painkillers and everyone defends his actions. After seeing two episodes, I thought this might be a must-see show. After five, I changed my mind. I noticed this show was not one of your top 10. What do you think of it? Is it always so formulaic? At least with shows like Lost (even if you didn't particularly care for ... read more

December 12, 2006: Merry Little Christmas

Viewers have been vocal about their dislike of the Tritter ( David Morse) story line, pointing specifically to his seemingly unlimited powers. "It's unrealistic," they scream. In real life, there's no way a cop would be able to freeze bank accounts and impound cars and whatever else Tritter has done. But that's the kicker, isn't it? And that's why I haven't been all that bothered by Tritter's boundless powers. If we are going to hold dramas to the standards of reality, then we'll all end up watching documentaries. I’m open to suspending reality in my entertainment viewing. It's what kept me tuning in to shows like 24 and Alias. However, I am growing a bit tired of the Tritter arc, mostly because it forces me to recognize the unrealistic elements that are the cornerstone of this series. I have to step back and say, like so many others, that's so unrealistic! Tonight's episode, featuring Abigail (Kacie Borrowman), an apparent dwarf with multisystem failure, and her actual dwarf m... read more

November 28, 2006: Finding Judas

Six-year-old Alice (Alyssa Shafer) develops gallstones and then a nasty rash that defies any medical explanation that the team can discover. On the brink of an arm- and leg-amputation, Chase makes the diagnosis that Alice is allergic to light — only to get a right hook to the nose from a cranky House. So now our drug-addled hero is attacking his staff. What does this mean? House is no longer a functioning addict. He couldn't even make the diagnosis. Granted, he is technically undergoing withdrawal. But with Chase figuring things out, House has lost the one thing he had going for him and the one thing that allowed everyone else to overlook his problem.When I first started watching this show, I found the idea of a drug-addicted doctor somewhat disturbing. As time passed, House's sarcastic wit and implied genius made his habit less menacing — endearing, even. Like the doctors closest to him at Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital, we viewers have all become enablers of House's addi... read more

November 21, 2006: Whac-a-Mole

We felt his presence, though we didn't see him at all this week. Tritter has put the squeeze on House through his friend and colleagues. Being the friend, Wilson got the worst of it. He's had his car impounded, and the DEA revoked his prescription-writing privileges — to which House responded, "Who's going to prescribe my Vicodin?" That's just the tip of House's self-absorbed iceberg. Wilson is no longer of any use as a pusher, so of course House hit up his staff for Vicodin. Quick: Who would rather lose his job than lose his license? If you guessed Chase, then you were ahead of me. Boy, did I love seeing Chase stand up to House, as well as the Midol-throwing Cameron, who also did not cave under House's pressure. There were so many great scenes that showed the effects of House's ill-advised pissing match with Tritter: Wilson not being able to treat his patients. Cameron sitting in on Wilson's appointments rather than blindly prescribing medication for his patients. House's new... read more

November 14, 2006: Son of Coma Guy

Stunt casting. Vegetative-state man awakes and wants a steak. Ah, yes, it must be sweeps. I'm a little bit disappointed that it wasn't Coma Guy whom House roused from sleep. But given the way the show ended — John Larroquette's character dying to save his son's life — I was relieved that our long-standing friend is still with us. Wilson summed up the show best: "Caustic Guy was waking up Coma Guy." To be more specific, House injected Gabe (Larroquette), against Cuddy's wishes, with experimental drugs that would temporarily release him from his vegetative state in the hopes of getting a detailed medical history for Kyle (Zeb Newman), the dying patient who, it turns out, is Gabe's son. Guilt is a heavy load to bear for 10 years. Imagine doing so while unconscious. Gabe's guilt over not being able to save his family resulted in a road trip for House and Wilson, who struggled with their own issues — namely Wilson's lying to the police to protect House for forging presc... read more

Just curious about your ...

Question: Just curious about your thoughts on Hugh Laurie's stint on Saturday Night Live, if you got a chance to see it. Though it was still uneven, I thought it was hands down the funniest episode of the season. Laurie is hilarious on House, but I forgot how completely wonderful he is at traditional comedy as well. His opening monologue was brilliant, as well as his "protest song." Judging from how unfunny SNL has been lately, I would almost bet that Laurie wrote a lot of his own material. I would be interested to hear your take. Also, on an unrelated note, thanks for sticking up for Friday Night Lights. I've been plugging it like crazy to everyone I talk to. It really bugs me that the people who complain that there are no realistic characters on TV are the same ones who shrug their shoulders when I tell them to watch Lights. I try not to get my hopes up when shows I love are struggling, but Lights caught me completely off guard. Here's hoping that NBC will give it a chance to find an ... read more

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