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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

As long as Lost and Brokeback...

As long as Lost and Brokeback Mountain won the big awards, which they did, anything else that happened at the historically random (and often, randomly hilarious) Golden Globes was gravy to me.

What I love about the Golden Globes as a TV show is the rare opportunity to see movie and TV stars — or, in the case of Felicity Huffman, one and the same — share the spotlight. After all, where would a multinominated movie star and director like George Clooney be without TV having made him what he is? And then there's Geena Davis, resplendent in red and accepting her Commander in Chief Globe with a hilarious mock anecdote of how inspiring her presidential role is to some little girl she made up. She has gone from TV to movies (and an read more

House The good thing about a House...

HouseThe good thing about a House repeat is getting a second chance to savor the one-liners. The show is full of them, and Hugh Laurie's delivery is dead-on. Though you wouldn't be able to tell that from his surly staff. If House were a documentary rather than a drama, there's no way I'd believe that doctors Chase, Foreman and Cameron wouldn't at least smirk occasionally at some of the stuff that comes out of House's mouth. Instead they all give him that disapproving I-need-a-laxative look. Even his dry-erase marker is a source of amusement. When House isn't admonishing Cameron about touching his pen, he's writing something snarky with it on his board, like "dead man dying" regarding his death-row-inmate patient. There's a certain macabre humor that I could see C read more

Aargh! This anti-Boston Legal ...

Question: Aargh! This anti-Boston Legal drivel that I've been encountering all over the place is really starting to infuriate me. First and foremost, this was not a second straight win in the category for Shatner — he won as guest actor last year, while The Sopranos' Michael Imperioli who got the supporting actor in a drama award. Putting that misconception aside, I feel it is completely unfair to call Spader's win an undeserving one, citing the "era of remarkable drama on network and cable" as a reason and questioning Boston Legal's "rise to the top." You're faulting the actor for what may or may not have been the show's shortcomings, perhaps forgetting that it's a single episode these actors are judged on. While Boston Legal is nowhere near the level of 24 and Deadwood, Spader's courthouse performance on a Texas death-penalty case (which was, from what I gather, his episode submission) is quite possibly the most compelling piece of monologue acting I've seen on TV in quite a long ... read more

Since this is the first time ...

Boston Legal

Question: Since this is the first time that I've ever really felt passionate about the Emmy Awards, I have to ask you  — how can you stand it? Not only did I see my favorites lose, but my second choices as well. Terry O'Quinn and Alan Alda lost to Captain Kirk. Tony Shalhoub beat Jason Bateman and Zach Braff (and Ray Romano, for that matter). James Spader beat Hugh Laurie, Ian McShane and Kiefer Sutherland... Holy crap, Lost just won best drama. Forget I said anything. Emmy rules! Answer: Loving those mood swings, Phil. Join the club. And let the rants begin. For the record, the post-Emmy e-mailbag was pretty close to 100 percent rants. I have to agree. (Check out my Dispatch from Monday for my complete morning-after analysis.) If there was unanimous scorn for anything, it was the double repeat wins of James Spader and William Shatner for Boston Legal. Again, I have to agree. In an era of remarkable drama on network and cable, these are the best dramatic performances? Not by a long ... read more

Ask Hugh Laurie which female ...

Question: Ask Hugh Laurie which female character (Cameron, Stacey or Cuddy) he thinks he'd be a good match with!

Answer: Your wish is my command. But unfortunately, it wasn't his. "I certainly will do no such thing," Laurie huffed in mock contempt when I asked him to pick. "Where would the fun be if I were to tell you that now?" Hey, no one can say I didn't try.

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I have mixed feelings about ...

Question: I have mixed feelings about the possibility of Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) and Dr. Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) becoming a couple. I realize these days it is more and more common for either sex of an older generation to be involved with someone from a much younger generation. Do you think the writers of House will make the relationship appear genuine without becoming juvenile? Answer: At this point, I have faith in the show's writers that, however they decide to develop their relationship, it will ring true with both of these emotionally damaged characters. POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT: Besides, in our most recent cover story on House — I hope you saw it, if only for Laurie's wonderful first-person essay — the show's creator is quoted as saying, "We don't want to turn House into a soap opera," although the relationship between House and Sela Ward's character will be explored in the first seven episodes of the season. The story also hinted that Cameron may get involved with Dr. Chase ( read more

Bryan Singer Talks House, Superman


It was 6 o’clock in the morning in Sydney, Australia, when Bryan Singer called from the land Down Under to chat about the many hats he wears. The 39-year-old executive producer of Fox’s House was sitting in his car sipping coffee before getting to work on his current directing project, Superman Returns, next summer’s Man of Steel blockbuster-to-be. Singer, who also directed The Usual Suspects and the first two X-Men movies, was only too happy to talk about the cranky Dr. House and the unlikely sex symbol who plays him.TV Guide: What can we expect in Season 2 of House?Bryan Singer: There is going to be a lot more sex read more

My question is a simple one ...

Question: My question is a simple one in regard to the Emmy nominations: For the love of all that's good and holy, why? How on earth can a past-its-prime, substandard, shrill and increasingly ridiculous show like Will & Grace (which I used to love — when it was good) garner the highest number of nominations? Although I was glad to see Hugh Laurie and Glenn Close get nominated, the absence of anyone from Rescue Me is a travesty in light of the high number of nominations for the old and tired. This is why the Emmys don't get the same amount of attention as the Oscars or the Grammys; they're stale, predictable and boring. Look forward to your inevitable rant on the subject. Answer: I enjoyed your primal scream as well. There simply is no excuse for the Emmys' single-minded (or is that simple-minded?) devotion to Will & Grace, which racked up many of its nominations for guest appearances because they're the only things that distinguish the show anymore. And as I said in my own Emmy column ... read more


Desperate Housewives

Nominations for the 57th Emmy Awards were announced this morning and, as expected, ABC's Desperate Housewives cleaned up with 15 nods, including best comedy series and bids for leading ladies Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman. Housewives tied NBC's terminally ill Will & Grace for most nominated series. (No, that wasn't a typo.) ABC's other freshman smash, Lost, scored 12 nods, including best drama series and supporting actors for both Naveen Andrews and Terry O'Quinn. Among the pleasant surprises: long-overdue nominations for NBC's Scrubs and star Zach Braff; supporting nods for The Shield's CCH Pounder and Grey's Anatomy's Sandra Oh; and best-actor nods for Deadwood's [bleepin'] brilliant Ian McShane and House's crabby doc Hugh Laurie. Of course, there were also plenty of glaring omissions, most notably WB's perpetually ignored Gilmo read more

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