May 27, 2007 |
THAT "House" was, at least for the night of May 15 (at least in the 18-to-49 demographic), more popular than "American Idol" might come as something of a shock even to regular viewers and admirers of the show. This is largely because Dr. Gregory House is not the sort to curry much favor with those who spend too much time with him. He's irascible, snide and motivated by knowledge, not compassion. Over the three seasons of "House" (Fox, 9 p.m.
March 8, 2007 |
BEING a "House" fan is a bit like being friends with an addict. You have to put up with ridiculous behavior: a doctor who doesn't ever wear a surgical mask, milelong tapeworms, a season-ending shooting that is never mentioned again. There are also the inexplicable disappearances -- whenever "American Idol" needs a little extra legroom, "House" goes missing -- and all those lies -- everyone who thought House really had brain cancer this week please stand on your heads.
February 12, 2007 |
"House," Feb. 6, 9 p.m., "Needle in a Haystack." The premise: A 16-year-old is brought to the hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties while making out with his girlfriend. When a chest X-ray reveals fluid in the pleural space (lining of the lung), Dr. Gregory House and his team conclude that the fluid must be blood, so they shoot dye into the teen's veins (venogram) and then his arteries (arteriogram) searching for the source.
February 1, 2007 |
IN the three weeks between new episodes of "House," Hugh Laurie won a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for his portrayal of sardonic drug addict and master of diagnostic detection Gregory House. And on Tuesday's episode, he certainly earned both the hard way. Fox's "American Idol" gave this episode its highest ratings ever, and it's too bad this was their introduction since it was the most un-"Housian" "House" to date.
November 20, 2006 |
"House," Fox, Oct. 7. Episode: "Que Sera, Sera." The premise: A 600-pound man, George Hagel, is brought into the hospital in a coma. Dr. Gregory House and his team of diagnosticians are stumped as they consider Pickwickian syndrome (obesity hypoventilation syndrome), a stroke, a parasite, a sexually transmitted disease and diabetes. House tries to force Hagel to drink sugar water to rule out diabetes (a glucose tolerance test). Dr.
April 30, 2006 |
WHEN 19th century English cleric Charles Caleb Colton wrote "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," he had no way of envisioning a 21st century universe where "Law & Order" spinoffs would number nearly enough to qualify for their own cable network. Television is such a hungry beast it's not fair to expect originality around every prime-time corner. But every so often, despite formula demands and limitations, TV writers deliver a truly singular character we've not encountered before.