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Will Cuddy Hook Up with House?

Lisa Edelstein, House

On TV, Lisa Edelstein has scored with everyone from George Costanza to Frasier Crane. Will Dr. House be next? TV Guide asked her about the Fox drama's second-season cliff-hanger, her party-girl past and more.

TV Guide: Right to it: Dr. Lisa Cuddy, your character on House [Tuesdays at 8 and 9 pm/ET], is looking for a sperm donor to have a baby, and House (Hugh Laurie) has been nixing all the anonymous donors. Will she ask him to donate?
Lisa Edelstein:
She walked into House's office, clear read more

Will Cuddy Hook Up with House?

Lisa Edelstein, House

On TV, Lisa Edelstein has scored with everyone from George Costanza to Frasier Crane. Will Dr. House be next? TV Guide asked her about the Fox drama's second-season cliff-hanger, her party-girl past and more.

TV Guide: Right to it: Dr. Lisa Cuddy, your character on House [Tuesdays at 8 and 9 pm/ET], is looking for a sperm donor to have a baby, and House (Hugh Laurie) has been nixing all the anonymous donors. Will she ask him to donate?
Lisa Edelstein:
She walked into House's office, clear read more

Lauren Graham, Scrubs Score TCA Nods!

The Television Critics Assoc. (of which I'm a member) just came out with its 2006 TCA Award nominations and, save for the Battlestar Galactica snub, it's a pretty fraktastic lineup. I'm especially jazzed that after years of checking off Lauren Graham's name, our girl finally made the cut. Ditto Scrubs. With any luck, both will prevail on July 23 when the trophies are handed out. (FYI: If the TCA brass are reading this, I've got dibbs on presenting Lauren with her award if she wins. C'mon, it's a no-brainer.) A list of the major nominees are below. See if you can guess who I'm voting for.INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDYSteve Carell (The Office) Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl) Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMAAlan Alda (The West Wing) James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) Hugh Laurie (House) Kiefer Sutherland (24) Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM OF THE YEAR Big Love (HBO) The Colbert... read more

Doc, Heal Thyself
A medical mystery hits home on House

"Did you call Jack Bauer?" Dr. House snarks to his agitated boss when told the hospital's crisis this week has escalated to a Biosafety Level 3. Funny line, as usual. But also telling. Because House (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET on Fox) often feels like the 24 of medical dramas. It's that extreme, and that suspensefully entertaining. Besides, given the acidic way House treats patients and staff, his behavior isn't that far removed from Jack's methods of casual torture. The desperation to solve the latest deadly puzzle is absolutely excruciating in this week's remarkable two-part thriller (Part 2 airs on Wednesday at 8 pm/ET). It's a tour de force, not just for the delightfully curmudgeonly read more

I noticed that you have ...

Question: I noticed that you have mentioned quite a few times in your column that Hugh Laurie should win an Emmy. I think no one deserves it more than Ian McShane for his mesmerizing portrayal on Deadwood. Can you believe he wasn't even nominated for the first season? As much as I like Laurie (even though I don't watch House), McShane should win it hands down. Answer: There is no question that the lead dramatic actor category is the toughest Emmy to handicap, because there are so many amazing contenders. On the heels of this letter came this from Alex: "Just read your thoughts on how you thought Hugh Laurie was robbed of an Emmy last year. Unless you are only looking at the nominated contenders, how can you forget Denis Leary? I hope that the voters finally take his performance to heart this year, because he was the one who was truly robbed of an Emmy last year. Hopefully this new Emmy voting system will work to his benefit. His performance last year was the best out of any show, even ... read more

I have to say I am surprised ...

Question: I have to say I am surprised that Gregory Itzin isn't getting more buzz for his Emmy-worthy portrayal of the inept President Logan on 24. When he's doing something stupid or indecisive, he has me yelling at the TV at least once an episode, and he fuels more discussion between my roommate and me than Jack ever does. He does an outstanding job. So, with The Sopranos back on, and with Lost nearly guaranteed at least one acting nomination, do you think Itzin has a chance to get an Emmy nomination in the supporting category? Same thing for Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. If Jack dies at the end of the season, does Sutherland get an Emmy for five years of amazing work? Answer: Seriously, the Emmys is not the place to look for validation where 24 is concerned. Given the long list of terrific supporting performances on 24 that have gone unrecognized, from Xander Berkeley through Shohreh Aghdashloo, I would think Gregory Itzin, enjoyably maddening as he is, is a very, very long shot. ... read more

I nearly wept with relief when...

I nearly wept with relief when House returned Tuesday night (March 28) after a several-week absence. I hadn't yet recovered from sitting through one of the most miserable hours of American Idol — sorry, it was the worst hour I can remember. Is this century going to be the death of music as we know it? Horrid songs, rotten arrangements, and even the few singers I've liked were dull-to-dreadful.

Ugh.

Then House roared into gear with a gripping mystery leavened by some Odd Couple humor as House and Wilson (temporarily homeless thanks to his wrecked marriage) became roommates. Very Oscar and Felix, as House lay sleepless while Wilson clipped his toenails (off camera, thankfully) and blow-dried his hair. But read more

I can't believe they killed ...

Question: I can't believe they killed Edgar on 24! While it made me cry and I'll miss his and Chloe's "smoldering sexual tension," I can't say that it's a bad thing. I wonder how many people have already written to you expressing hope that maybe, just maybe, Edgar isn't dead. Maybe he'll get up at 7:01 pm and he and Chloe can share a kiss? This is why I love 24 so much. They aren't afraid to take risks and kill off a well-liked character. I think that if all the main characters had made it safely into quarantine, some people would be complaining that that scenario was too unbelievable. Kudos to the 24 writers for keeping us on the edge of our seats. Answer: Agreed. And you're right. This was an authentic watercooler watershed. (For my own response, check out my Dispatch from earlier this week.) Some more reaction, from Michee: "Monday night's two-fer pack of 24 was awesome. I have to say the nerve-gas released in CTU was the most shocking and brilliant story line I have ever seen. I'm ... read more

I was interested to read the ...

Question: I was interested to read the question about House on Monday — I was the total opposite. I never paid any attention to the show in the first season, then blew through the episodes once I discovered it on DVD. Now I can't get enough. Sure, House doesn't digress from its formula (neither does CSI for that matter), but it is so well acted (especially by Hugh Laurie) that I wish it were on three times a week. I think the show hit a high point at the end of the first season with the episode where House is forced to teach a class and retells the story of how he came to be the way he is, and I haven't missed an episode since, constantly watching House while TiVo-ing another favorite medical show, Scrubs. Answer: Not only was that the best episode of the first season, it won the show's creator/writer an Emmy. Another reaction to this subject, from Mike P.: "I really liked your response to last week's question about what is wrong with House. I agree with the inquirer in the sense that ... read more

Has House Lost Stacy for Good?

Sela Ward and Hugh Laurie, House

The biggest question on Fox's House (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET) this season hasn't been whether the brilliant Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) can cure all of those disturbing diseases — it was whether the seemingly unlovable lug would be able to win back his true love, Stacy Warner (Sela Ward), the beautiful — and married — lawyer who returned last season to shake up House's world. In the Feb. 7 episode, we finally got the answer. We first met Stacy when her husband needed medical treatment at Princeton-Plainsboro. Ever since then, House has ceaselessly angled to get back in her life — and in the Jan. 10 episode, their chemistry gathered some intense momen read more

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