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HOUSE CANCELED! “Goodbye my friend it’s hard to die, when all the birds are singing in the sky”

9 Feb

I’ve been pleading for this day to come; as a [H]OUSE fan who has seen the show slowly suffer a long and painful death, I’ve prayed for the TV gods to come and take it out of its misery already. Much like the feeling we have grown accustomed to, having had to endure 8 years of seeing Dr. Gregory House overdosing, inserting knifes into light sockets, jumping out of balconies, and so much worse. This show is just utterly painful in every sense of the word, and I wouldn’t have loved it any other way. We have seen someone we have come to love, suffer and self-destruct, and in that way, we have come to understand that there’s people that can’t be saved, that for some people there’s just sadness. And like Olivia wilde said, referring to the show’s end, “shows like that don’t happen… ever”. So as I inform and confirm that House MD has been cancelled and will end in may, though I sad, I’m also happy and thankful for what the show has given me, and for the creators to have decided to pull the plug, and let that sinking ship out of its misery.

Calling it a ‘creative decision’, the producers of [H]OUSE MD have publicly informed us of the show’s cancelation. The news has travelled the whole world in a matter of hours, and not surprisingly, since it’s the most watched show in the world at the moment, and Hugh Laurie is the highest paid tv leading man. For all of those who have kept informed, it’s not a surprise that the show is ending, we’ve been waiting for the news for a few months now and (at least me), had wanted for the news to come sooner rather than later, so that they can give House a proper exit.

There is so much I could say about this but, since news can be read anywhere, and I can even link you to a page with all of the press statements and all of the messages from the actors and creators talking about the wonderful ride that has been the show; I would like to talk from my heart here, because I have seriously been moved deeply by this show. So here it goes:

I’m a visual artist (or aspiring to be one), I work and study cinematography, film, and just audiovisual language, that is what I love. I am in love with tv, and all it gives us. I have even started piling up information for an investigation on the ‘cinematographical’ value of television shows, since at least in my country, television is not seen as something valued by our colleagues. Art is what moves us, it is a flush of emotions created in the viewer by the piece. On top of that, the art of telling stories allows us to discover ourselves in recognizing a shared humanity, we live vicariously by made up characters and learn something insightful and inspirational about ourselves. This can be done with drama, thrillers, comedy and anything you can think of. All stories are valuable, all stories are art, all stories allow us to feel, and share, and be inspired. I find inspiration in so many places.

So, to come back to House; I just said all of this maybe to justify myself, or maybe just to try and not feel so lame as I talk. I have often wondered how House MD can be the most watched show around the world. As much as I love it, I would have never guessed that a rude, drug-addicted, miserable, caustic misanthrope would appeal to that many people, and I think here lies the value of the show. It is new and fresh and made a unknowing world look deeper; understand and recognize and empathize with a part of ourselves we don’t normally think about, we don’t like to think about. Our pain, our hurt, our stupidity!, our lies, our wrongdoings, and our eternal search, above all of that, for something to keep us alive, for something that doesn’t make us feel like we are shit.

And I also think I might be right about this if we think about the fact that this show is incredibly popular just about anywhere but England. We all now Hugh Laurie is british and he has always stated that he is actually pleased by the fact that he can go home and not be harassed by running horde of people, like it happens in everywhere else. We also know that Greg House is based on Sherlock Holmes. So, I actually think that the ‘not success’ of the show in England might be due to British upbringing. I have said before that it is well established that British film, tv and comedy has been marked by a sarcastic, misanthropic, self-deprecating nature. They grew up with the stories of the original Sherlock Holmes to think about; so maybe Dr. House is not something new, it is probably seen as a superficial commercial hoax of things they have already seen, already read, already known.  THIS IS ALL MY VERY IGNORANT SUPOSITION, AND IT IS QUITE POSSIBLE THAT I AM WAY OUT OF PLACE BY SAYING ANY OF THIS, but it’s what I have come to think. SOOOOO, anyway, all of this is to keep saying the same thing, that at least for me, but I think I’m not alone, this show made us see things in a new perspective, not before seen in our Americanized television sets. This show came at a point in my life where I was in discomfort and I couldn’t really understand what about. This show gave me words, gave me company, made me feel bad but at the same time made me feel better. It came as what we call in Spanish a “modelo de vida”, which maybe means like a example of life, as something to think about; not only from the main character’s point of view but as a study of human nature from every angle, from every interaction and dissection done on 177 hours of television. For me, it was almost never a sad experience to sit and watch House, it was somewhat of a way to feel, a way to see things when you want to be better.

BE BETTER. I think that’s what the show was all about: House wanting and not wanting to be better, his fight for it. And my sad broody self would think it would be a marvelous end to everything if he ended like the lost soul he is, and I don’t think that’s all bad. I think we need to come to understand that not all people get saved, not all people learn to deal with reality and overcome life’s potholes in the road; and I think it shows that at the end it’s up to us, if we let ourselves get washed by it, or if there is something we need to change, something for which we need to fight stronger, fight better.

So to end this post, I want to just talk about a nice thought I had on the series finale. I was hearing one of the songs on Pink Floyd’s The Wall the other day, ‘Nobody Home’, and one of the phrases got me thinking actually about the end of the show: ‘I’ve got a grand piano to prop-up my mortal remains’. Got me thinking of House as a little boy, as we have heard him talk about, about wanting and wishing and having been deprived as a kid, made feel unworthy, and about the character as someone with so much to offer, that got kicked when he is down by life. About him saying he has no material belongings that he cherishes apart from his piano. The song talks about someone who wants better, who wants to do and be and it seems like life has just given him no room to be. Again, it talks about a feeling most people will come to experience at some point in life, and, in a innocence that seems to be narrated by a lost boy, the song names some of this guy’s material belongings, the little crap he values deeply, and one of those few things is his piano, “a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains”. And isn’t that a beautiful image? I think it is an amazing image, for House to climb up to that piano and just lie down and die. :S too awful? But what do I know? The other part of me, the really girly part, wants Cuddy to come back, tell him she forgives him and for them to ride out onto the sunset (in his bike) together. So what do I know?

HOUSE MD… is this what it’s all come down to?

8 Nov

 

Seriously? Is this what its all come down to? Writers sit around in the cafeteria, doing some smalltalk during dinner, saying “hey, is it good to be patriotic? – I don’t know, why don’t we create a character, make a crapy episode of a show that costs millions of dollars to make, to develop the question and then we can settle our argument?”. In this video, the writer of “Risky Business”, the Halloween week episode of House, talks for 6 minutes about really how easy it is to get a job as a writer for a mayor television show. Forget about any kind of theory, process or thought, he just bluntly accepts that this episode was about creating a character that made us (supposedly) wonder about patriotism, watching Forman being bossy, and putting a lab coat on Adam’s back (yesss I finally remembered her name!… now I probably think those reading maybe still don’t know who I’m talking about so let’s remember her as we use to refer to her: hot young female prison doctor) because she has a lab coat on in next week’s episode.

So all in all, I just wanted to share this with everyone because it pisses me off. I mean, I know the show’s going down the drain but if you can’t say anything to make your work look at least decent, then maybe don’t agree to the interview! This video is just proof of things I’ve been talking about: it is clear that the writers are worn out and don’t know where to go. They are not even doing some failed attempts of creating something good; they have just given up on attempting anything.

LISA EDELSTEIN on leaving HOUSE and her gig on THE GOOD WIFE

17 Oct

(SOURCE: TV GUIDE http://www.tvguide.com/News/Lisa-Edelstein-House-Good-Wife-1038756.aspx)

After years of playing second fiddle to Hugh Laqurie‘s selfish, outspoken misanthrope on HouseLisa Edelstein is ready for have some similar fun of her own.

“I loved playing Cuddy for all this time, but I definitely wanted to shift out of that, because I’ve been playing this sort of repressed control freak for seven years,” she tells TVGuide.com. “I want to have a little bit of fun.”

Edelstein shocked House fans earlier this year when she announced she was hanging up her stethoscope after seven seasons — essentially leaving the complicated “Huddy” relationship unresolved. (The last fans saw of Cuddy was when House was driving his car into her dining room, so complicated may be an understatement). Now, just six months after her departure, Edelstein is already back on the small screen with a multi-episode arc on The Good Wife.

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“They called me less than a week after I made the official announcement,” she says. “It made me feel like I — in taking care of myself — had made the right decision. I just really wanted to break the spell. I never intended on moving to The Good Wife permanently, but in terms of a next move and something to do to make myself feel good, this was a great opportunity.”

Although she had only seen a few episodes, Edelstein said knowing a lot of fans of the show (including her mother) helped convince her to pick the project as her first foray into the world outside Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital. “My mother is obsessed with it,” she says with a laugh. “I don’t watch that much television, but as soon as I decided to do it, I watched 48 episodes in a row in the span of a couple of days. I did my homework and it’s a great show.”

House‘s Lisa Edelstein heads to The Good Wife

It also helped that Edelstein had so many past ties to the cast and crew of The Good Wife. “I got on that set and I’m the new kid on the block, but the director who directed that particular episode directed four or five episodes of HouseJosh Charles and I worked together on Sports Night,Julianna [Margulies] and I worked on ERChristine [Baranski] and I worked together on Cybil,” she says. “I at no point felt like I was in unfamiliar territory.”

Still, Edelstein admits to a case of first-day jitters, something she says she enjoyed after becoming so familiar with Cuddy. “When you play the same character for a long time, you have a shorthand. You get onto the set, you put on your outfit and two-thirds of your work is done because you’ve built on that work for so many years,” she says. “When I got this job, I didn’t audition for it, so I didn’t know what they were thinking in their heads, only what we had talked about on the phone. So it was a risky, scary first day for me and I haven’t had that feeling in a long time.”

House star Hugh Laurie: Lisa Edelstein’s departure was “a great shock”

As for the role itself, Edelstein plays lawyer (and Will’s ex) Celeste Serrano, and she’s everything Cuddy wasn’t. Where Cuddy was “repressed” and tried to cure House of his many addictions, Celeste speaks her mind and is more than willing to try to pull Will back to his past vices, mainly gambling (except now with Cheerios instead of chips). “She really is his heroin dealer in that sense,” she says. “When people enjoy doing bad things, they usually do it with partners and when you lose that partner, you lose a very important relationship in your life. It feels like that’s her relationship with Will, and she wants it back. When she sees sparks of his wily ways, it turns her on and she wants it back.”

Celeste asked Will for a job at Lockhart Gardner last week. Does that mean his dealer is here to stay? Edelstein says she “probably will go back and do a few more” episodes beyond her initial three-episode arc (nothing is confirmed yet), but for now she’s focused on finding a more permanent gig, preferably one both in front of and behind the camera. “Mostly what I’m trying to do now — in terms of when I’m looking for more permanent places to go — is to be part of the creative team of something and be more participatory in the development of a show and be a producer,” she says. “It doesn’t mean I have to be No. 1 on the call sheet either; it just means that I want to use more of my brain.”

In the meantime, Edelstein still has to find a way to break it to House fans that Cuddy has really left the building. “It’s funny because not everybody knows that I left the show. I get a lot of ‘Congratulations! I’m so excited to watch the show again,’ and I just don’t say anything. I say thank you. They’ll figure it out at some point,” she says. “I just move on.”

The Good Wife airs Sundays at 9/8c on CBS.

REVIEW: HOUSE new episode 8X02 TRANSPLANT… it DIDN’T suck!!!

13 Oct

Time for the review of the second episode of the new season of House, “Transplant”, and PRAISE THE LOOORD, it didn’t suck! I was actually happy about this episode; It’s not that I think it was flawless, but I think it was a good start that sets a lot of possibilities for a good season. As I’ve said before, I think last season was crap, and that I think this season’s premiere was a safe approach that worked as damage control, saved a little rating, and was the best way to resolute all the hullaballo in as little time, so as to get back to business as soon as possible… I still think that. Never the less, I think that this new episode not only showed the “moving on” is going on a good direction, but I think the creators and writers have actually made good drama out of once regrettable situations. Foreman as a boss was actually good … I originally thought it was going to be Wilson, and it kinda broke my heart that it wasn’t… buuuuut, I have to admit that Foreman brings a lot of interesting conflict with him, while Wilson would be pretty much a House puppet in that position. Beyond that, I think it was a good choice that Wilson stays in his actual job so as to keep his relationship with House as it has always been.

 

I don’t want to tell much about the story of the episode because if you haven’t seen it then aaaaall of this will probably spoil it, and if you have, then you don’t need me reminding you. In general terms, House was put on bail because Foreman needs him at the hospital, there is a new girl working with him that shows a lot of promise, and things seem to be getting back on track. What’s different? House is different. He has gone through something like nothing before, he is broken hearted and has just had his whole world gone upside down. Everybody is judging him further than usual and he wants something to change. Why do I say that last part? Cause once again, he was set on not returning to medicine, on secluding himself from humanity and going into research… a good puzzle once again made him change his mind, but that doesn’t mean his “wants” and needs changed, it just means that, as he always says, people don’t change (that easily). The truth is behind all of that, he thinks he shouldn’t be mixing himself with people again, and he is (and with a bunch of new ones now), so that is going to be interesting.

 

Ok, so now, I just want to say that the scene where House firsts enters the room where the team of doctors –including Wilson- is tending to the patient (a set of lungs) was a real masterpiece. The tension between him and Wilson, as well as with the rest of the group is done perfectly, no over acting, no long dialogs, just plain body language and fine acting. It is said, concerning acting for film (meaning for single camera filming instead of live tv, multicamera or stage acting) that the acting has to be concentrated in facial expressions and conveying through the eyes, because of the nature of the media, and that is why I think this was great… without letting aside House’s over talkative nature and spark, the scene was concise and evocative, without being obvious and “soapy”. House used all the strength he could muster to appear strong and break through the awkwardness and tension, to make him feel empowered and everyone else completely shut down.

 

If there was something that bothered me a bit, it was the last scene, where Wilson comes and punches him in the face, followed by a dinner invitation. To contextualize a bit, Wilson was said to be over House once again, not wanting to have anything to do with him. House told him that he was welcomed to punch him in the face if that would make him get over their whole problem. Wilson still didn’t want to have anything to do with him, until finally, after House cured the patient, he changed his mind. Don’t get me wrong, I think it was a beautiful scene; it made me laugh and cry a little and it made me happy. What’s the problem, then? That it was not believable (again). House almost ran him over with a car and destroyed his friend’s home!!!! And the reaction was one we have seen before.

 

Again, I turn back to my mediocre film education to say, in the structure of a story you shouldn’t resolve a problem with the same solution twice; for a story to move forward and keep you interested, each conflict should mark a point of no return, where you can’t go back to what you had before, to what worked before… even if it happens in life, ordinary life doesn’t make a story. So, out of the top of my head I can elaborate this small series of events: On season 1, House was responsible for Vogler firing Wilson because of his own selfishness and pride. As a result of that, Wilson decided their friendship wasn’t worth it because House was an awful guy and was ready to leave Princeton. The day was saved at the end by Cuddy, House made googly eyes and Wilson folded. Further on, on season 3, when House was having a problem with Detective Tritter, it came to light that he had been forging Wilson’s signature on prescriptions. As a result, Wilson decided he was awful friend material and “dumped” him, only to later be humbled by his medical actions, calling him a good influence on the world and deciding to perjure himself and go to jail instead of him (that didn’t get finalized, obviously). At the beginning of season 5, after Amber died, once again Wilson decided to tell House he was awful and that he didn’t want to be anywhere near him and decided to leave Princeton. After much persecution by House, they ended meeting, House got on his good side, Wilson decided to unleash all his wrath towards him by throwing a bottle through an elaborate window mosaic on a church, and everything went back to normal. (See how it is even annoying that I repeated the word awful for the three cases… well that is how I feel when the show is so obviously repetitive). So anyway, even though it’s cute that they are friends again, Wilson can’t be that gullible over and over again, at least for entertainment’s sake, we should have seen House grovel for a long time, beg and redeem himself by something more than what he does every week.

 

That was all I had to say. I am still cautious about the future of this season, but I am happy to see that hope isn’t lost. Good episode, hope those who saw it enjoyed it and those who haven’t, go and see it. (I thought this was going to be a short one since it was not bad, but I seem to be incapable of that)

 

A STUDY IN premeditated COINCIDENCES… House & Holmes

2 Oct

There is so much for me to say about the show after watching all of its 177 episodes a few times, that I am not sure where to start and how to follow. I think I’ll continue with some info on the whole Gregory House / Sherlock Holes thing. It is a QI (quite interesting) fact ¬¬ that not only is House based on Holmes, but that his name is actually homage to his British counterpart too. You see it? House… Home… well it is! Not making it up… If you still think I am, please refer yourself to the picture below; see beyond the bad ID photograph and the birthday, to see the infamous Baker Street address wedged in there. Also, James Wilson is obviously named after John Watson too. The case on the pilot is about a woman named Rebecca Adler, in reference to Sherlock’s Irene Adler…. And so on… It reinforces the whole thing about treating patients as cases, medicine as a series of mysteries to solve.

And the similarities are not only in the work field. They both have this cold, intellectual wall erected in front of them, distancing themselves from relationships, feelings and emotional turmoil. Their arrogance is well known and their keen observational skills allow them to read people and situations with an almost superhuman ability. Even though they are not comfortable with social situations, they have no problem being out there, there is no shyness in them. Life bores them to death, which is why their cases are so important to them; because without them, there is nothing worth doing. Both Sherlock and House find people interesting in a purely clinical way; Sherlock’s interest in reading the agony columns of the newspapers reflects in House’s love for the mundane soap operas. For different reasons they got hooked on drugs, but for both of them it is a way to clear all other things out of their mind so they can focus and function on their field; music plays the same role.

But beyond this, House is not merely a recount of the Sherlock Holmes chronicles. Though used as inspiration, House is his own character beyond Sherlock, and the show’s theme and meaning go beyond that. It is not a methodical procedural show (so common these days), it is a true insight into a troubled man’s soul that enables us to question our moral and emotional grounds through House’s  intimate, personal and professional relationships. Beyond a sharp, caustic, asocial scientist, there is a soul that has been so worn down by life that it is just barely hanging on to hope.

HOUSE MD 101 for beginners

2 Oct

I will now start with the first post on the category of “weekly reviews”, and I think I couldn’t start with anything else but House MD. I just love that show so much. And don’t get me wrong, I think there are a lot of ‘not so good things’ going on with it, but if I see it as a whole, it is still amazing.

So, to start, for those not that familiar with the show: It’s about a guy named Gregory House, world renowned diagnostician, famous doctor who can cure people no one can cure. The whole thing of the show is to treat patients as cases, medicine as mysteries to solve (Sherlock Holmes… will talk about that later). Anyway, House is a miserable, selfish, narcissist ass who treats everyone like shit but is incredibly smart and almost always right. He does whatever he wants in the hospital, he barely works. His sole interest is solving his cases, he only tends to people that he finds interesting and doesn’t show any concern or remorse. The importance for him is the outcome, the thrill of the mystery. OR SO HE SAYS… The thing is that he actually does try to do the right thing… the brilliance of the show lies in that he is a guy that believes the right thing should be done above everything else (he just also happens to believe that the right thing is the same as always being right), above securing his job, his reputation, his freedom, his health and his own happiness.

So that’s the start…

ooooh right!!! I forgot like the tiniest detail: he had an infarction in his leg 5 years prior to the start of the show, which left him with chronic pain and limited mobility in one leg… (Hence the cane). The pain was dealt with vicodin, an addictive pain killer which is now his ever-present addiction.

WEEKLY REVIEWs

1 Oct

OK, so now it’s time to start with this section of the blog… weekly tv show critiques. The idea is to give my opinions on tv shows I love and watch sacredly, and give my review on each new episode. I will have the first post of each show between this and next week, and I promise after that there will be an update for each new episode. The shows I will review here, at least for now, are: House MD, 30 Rock, Community and Modern Family. There will be more to come, but because this blog is just starting, I have to do a little bit at a time.