New cast ready to endure House
David Shore knows that watching an episode of House won’t change anyone’s deeply held personal views, nor their view of the world in general.
Cumulatively, though, over the course of an entire season – or just a few weeks – the difficult, headstrong and misanthropic Dr. Gregory House, as portrayed by the Emmy-nominated Hugh Laurie, may get people thinking. If House does anything, Shore hopes, it’s to present both sides of an issue with equal amounts of passion and conviction, and allow viewers to decide what’s right and wrong.
Dr. House behaves terribly. He is callous to suffering patients, rude to confidants and co-workers alike, and selfcentred to a fault. There’s always a reason, though – whether well-intended or purely selfish. House’s skewed view of morality allows him to make snap judgments and take actions that seem incomprehensible to others.
In last season’s finale, for example, a late-night drinking binge inadvertently led to the bus-crash death of his one and only friend’s soulmate. That death hangs over his head as the new season opens. Dr. House must find a way to atone, if only for his own sanity, all the while trying to resuscitate his broken friendship.
That friendship – between Dr. House and oncologist Dr. James Wilson, played by Dead Poets Society’s Robert Sean Leonard – has provided the bedrock for some of House’s strongest episodes, Shore believes.