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Interview with House MD writers Friend and Lerner

When we last we saw Dr. Gregory House at the end of “House’s Head” (part one the House season finale), he was barely alive, lying on the floor of a bus. The entire episode was a weird and emotionally powerful rollercoaster ride, as we follow House (played to perfection by Hugh Laurie), while he tries to reassemble bits and pieces of his memory after being involved in a bus accident.

Using flashbacks, hallucinatory visions, and dreams to make sense of his foggy and fractured memories, House risks his life to identify a possibly fatally ill fellow passenger, knowing that the clock may be running out. A final and extremely risky attempt to recreate the scene just prior to the crash, which House enhances by using a dangerous Alzheimer’s drug, causes his memories to flood back, but also sends him into cardiac arrest. Cuddy and Wilson revive him and, in a very tense moment, House manages to croak out the words. “It was Amber. Amber was on the bus with me.” Part two which airs this Monday evening on FOX is sure to leave us with more questions than answers — and a whole summer to discuss and analyze what it all means for House and his colleagues.

I had the opportunity to speak with two of the finale’s writers, Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend (who are also series executive producers), to get their thoughts on the season finale, the character of House, and the future for the series, which is heading into its fifth season this September.

The season finale originated with a story idea from the creative mind of Doris Egan. “House wakes up in a coffee shop and doesn’t know how he got there,” they explained. “He knows that something bad has happened: he’s seen a fatal symptom in somebody, but can’t access his brain.” 

Everyone on the staff, said Lerner, thought it was a great story idea, and plans were made to craft it into a blockbuster two-part story. Part one was intended to get the coveted post-Super Bowl slot, taking advantage of the huge audience (and justify the equally huge cost). “People would then tune in Tuesday (the series regular time slot)” and hopefully continue to tune in weekly.

But Egan was already working on episode 12 (“Don’t Ever Change”) and was too busy to work on the two-parter. So Lerner and Friend along with David Foster and Peter Blake sat in a room and thrashed out the script. But, with the WGA strike looming, it became clear that there would be no time to ready it for the Super Bowl, so “Frozen” was substituted.

Designed to be a big-budget project and very expensive for series television, they were not certain that the network would be willing to pay the incredibly expensive production costs when the episode was moved from the post-Super Bowl slot. “We thought the episode would never see the light of day,” admitted the Lerner and Friend. “But to their credit,” Friend acknowledged, the network approved the expenses and it became a two-part season finale.     Continued at Blogcritics…..

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Lisa Edelstein Interview–Transcript

As promised:

Q:                                So, as the season began, knowing that there was a whole group of new doctors coming in, did you have concerns as to how Cuddy was going to fit in with the sort of remixed version of the show?

 

L. Edelstein                 I felt the least affected.  I think both Wilson and I felt the least affected by that.  Certainly you wonder how they’re going to manage to give any of us anything to do with so many characters on a show, but they seem to have managed.  It’s really the same structure where you have the inner workings of the case and then the B and C stories of what’s happening amongst the personalities of the main characters, and it’s been great.  It’s a wonderful new group of people, and they have shown up with lots of excitement and eagerness, and they have great attitudes.   So it’s been a wonderful experience.

 

Q:                                Do you sense movement in Cuddy’s character in recent seasons?  Do you sort of see a place that she’s going from here?

 

L. Edelstein                 I do.  I really think that her character has been filled out and that her relationship with House has become a beautiful, complicated, adult relationship filled with all kinds of subliminal messages.  And it’s fun to play, and even when they don’t write it, I put it in.

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“House’s Head”– a quick note

What did you all think of last night’s episode?  Amazing?  Brilliant?  One of the best in the entire four years of the show?  Certainly worth waiting for–and what a stunning way to lead into part 2.  And so unfair to make us wait a week!

What did you all like best?  By the way, I think this has to be Hugh’s emmy submission!

I will have my review of the episode up later today, so be sure to check back here or on Blogcritics (where it will appear first).

Later today, I will be interviewing two of the guys who wrote last night’s episode:  Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend to get their persepctive on the episode, the season and maybe a hint or two about next week and next season.  Do not look for that article to appear until next Monday morning, however.  I may give a tease or two…but the article will have to wait.

Also, later today, I will post the transcript of last week’s Lisa Edelstein interview.  It will only appear here and not on Blogcritics.

See ya later….

BB