Creator David Shore is celebrating getting an order for episodes to complete the season for his Fox drama "House," but he's not celebrating...
Creator David Shore is celebrating getting an order for episodes to complete the season for his Fox drama “House,” but he’s not celebrating too much.
“Fox hasn’t sent me any big, extravagant gifts,” he says. “I’m absolutely shocked, that’s no way to run a network. They don’t want you to feel too comfortable. They can’t do that.”
Besides, there’s no time for partying, because Shore now needs five more medical mysteries for the misanthropic but brilliant diagnostician Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) and his intrepid medical team (Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer) to figure out, with several twists, turns and near-disasters each.
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“It’s a lot of fun to write for ‘House,’ ” Shore says, “but it’s tricky to come up with these medical stories, make them interesting and make them work over 45 minutes. I’m very proud of what we’ve done, but I have no medical background.
“Any sort of really good puzzle with really brilliant deductions — they have to be brilliant.”
Anytime one says “puzzle” and “brilliant deduction” in the same sentence, one can’t help but think of the great fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson. And indeed, Holmes — and the real-life physician that inspired him, Dr. Joseph Bell — were very much inspirations for “House.”
“House,” at 9 p.m. Tuesdays on Fox (KCPQ).
Shore now has a whole new appreciation for Holmes’ creator. “My heart goes out to the late, great Arthur Conan Doyle. How’d he do that, and make him smart every time?”
Reminded that Doyle was himself a physician (which no doubt helped), Shore sighs. “He actually was.”
Shore also hopes to draw more parallels to Holmes by drawing House’s best, and likely only, friend, oncologist Dr. Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), into the Watson role.
“We’re looking for Wilson to step up in that regard, as House’s everyman, leaning over his shoulder and going, ‘How’d you do that?’ And more important, ‘Why’d you do that?’
“I think we’ve done a great job with House. He’s a really interesting character, and we would like to bring up everybody else and find their strengths. The stronger the people around him are, the more interesting House becomes.”
As far as plot twists, expect the background of Dr. Chase (Spencer) to come up again in an episode likely to air in early March. His past as a seminarian was revealed in the Dec. 14 episode.
Says Shore, “It does bubble back up. His father’s coming to town, played by Patrick Bauchau. It’s a very difficult relationship.”
There will also be more fireworks between House and his sharp-witted boss, medical administrator Dr. Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein).
“As Fox said to me the other day,” Shore says, “even if she just comes in and comments on House spilling coffee, I want to hear that. She’s not your typical boss, which I like. She is telling him to cut it out, cool it off, but she knows who’s dealing with and knows she can’t just say, ‘Stop it now.’ He’s right a lot of the time, but he’s not right all the time. They need each other.
“If House were to just have complete free rein, he’d probably kill people right, left and center.”
Shore says there’s also a story dealing with secrets in the past of Dr. Cameron (Morrison), and a little surprise for House at season’s end.
“We’re going to bring somebody in who’s even nastier to House,” Shore says, “somebody who really doesn’t like House, doesn’t want him there and has the power.”