I like all of you I’m sure have a very soft spot in my heart for the House television series. It brought be closer to a group of characters that over the years began to mean a lot more to me than I would have ever imagined at first. It’s a strange thing to say really when I think about the show. I mean they didn’t focus on the characters all that much in the show, especially in the beginning, but surely over time they began to develop them further and further as they advanced through so many unlikely medical disasters, all given to the same small crew that received all of the worse cases in their hospital.
Can anyone realistically explain how Hugh Laurie managed to make it six long years in a row of Emmy nominations without taking home a gong? If so, can you go one step further and explain why he wasn’t even nominated this year for the final 8th season of House MD? There were certainly some other snubs in terms of Emmy nominations this year, but I somehow can’t help feeling that veteran Laurie’s was perhaps the biggest of all. I’d be happy for a less obsessed fan to back me here though!
Reading up on urban legends is a bit like reading any of the standard tabloids in the UK – works of elaborate fiction you really shouldn’t ever admit to taking seriously. Nevertheless, there are thousands of tall-tales that begin doing the rounds on a daily basis and seem to be immune to common sense or rationality, with the following ten serving as some of the best of the decade so far:Mermaid Found Following Japanese Tsunami – Ok, not even a 10 year-old with an active brain would have believed this one, though the pictures than hit the web soon after the disaster seemed all too compelling for some…and shame on you all.
Since the 1980s, Hugh Laurie has become a well-known figure. Since his early days of ‘Blackadder’ where he appeared as various characters over several series, Hugh Laurie’s collaboration with Stephen Fry is perhaps the finest comedic duo Britain has ever produced. Since his early days when he would appear as Wooster in the hilarious ‘Jeeves and Wooster’, Laurie performed in various projects which saw him appearing in certain Hollywood films, where he applied the Sir Michael Caine ‘School Of Acting’; taking any project whilst progressing his skills at the same time.
Years before Hugh Laurie became Dr Gregory House, he appeared as foppish gent Bertie Wooster in the British TV series Jeeves and Wooster. His comedy partner from the Cambridge Footlights, Stephen Fry, appeared as the other eponymous hero, Bertie’s butler Jeeves. To many in the UK, Fry and Laurie (which was also the name of their sketch comedy act) provided the ultimate portrayal of P.G. Wodehouse’s characters. It’s difficult to imagine anyone else playing the slightly idiotic but always affable Bertie and his smart and elegant manservant.
I was watching one of those random satellite channels round at my friend’s house the other day – you know, the ones that you only ever stumble upon when there’s absolutely nothing on or your kid has been playing with the remote control – when an old episode of House started. I tried to stay tuned in to my friend’s conversation, which is never easy when Gregory House is in the room, but luckily for me she soon talking about the TV show anyway, remembering that I was a self-confessed addict.
Call me a nerd, but when I’m down, I like nothing more than to peruse the countless regency chess sets on offer online (it always takes me ages to peruse them…there are countless varieties and no matter how many I buy I just can’t seem to get enough!). The game of Chess is nothing less than inspired if you ask me; it’s the ultimate intellectual battle between two opponents, and the best thing about it? Somebody has to win, each and every time. Unlike so many other things in life, it just isn’t open for debate.
Hugh Laurie, who plays the legendary character House in the mega-successful show of the same name, is someone who loves a debate – actually, to be more precise, he loves anything, providing it causes drama and for people to scream and shout. And although I often find myself debating with people in an annoying way which really doesn’t start the day off well, I don’t mind watching House get into a debate. In fact, call me crazy, but the angrier he gets, the better I feel and the more episodes I want to watch! I’d love to sit down and play Chess with House one day. Although I have a strong suspicion that I would lose the game and get angry. Not as angry as House though (just imagine, if I actually did beat him, it would be amazing! I could film his reaction and get a million hits on Youtube in no time!).
Finally, to the attention of House lovers, Season 8 has started. Some have claimed this might actually be the last season of the popular show which, to some extent, makes us all a little miserable because the people from Fox USA are failing to give any certain information about whether there would be a following season 9. Nevertheless, we are now about to enjoy a new season and some quite well made new episodes yet again. And I have been waiting for Episode 1 of the new season 8 for hours in front of the TV watching all the commercials from red diesel Leeds providers to insurance agency ads until finally … it started!
The new House season starts with our typical House but in a quite unusual situation. After what happened in the end of season 7, we all know House is about to have some serious problems - this time breaking into a house with his car would be a more serious offence. But typically for House, he finds his way through in a completely different place from his hospital - he is now in prison. And as much as we like to see him in the doctors'uniform again, he is just the standard prisoner - bullied by the older inmates, being pressured by different, ’stronger'offenders. But still, House is House and will see him in his best - cunning, smart and more than unsuitable for a place like this.
But as usually with House, he is again having a case to resolve - even in prison. A young and attractive doctor would be his target of attention when they both focus to resolve the complicated medical case of one of the inmates.
There would be much to see in the upcoming season. Despite rumors and different ’tales’, House would be out there for a little while. So do not skip the chance to enjoy the brand new season, with our brand new and good old House.
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I got VERY excited the other night when two of my favourite TV shows of all time merged together. Well, not quite merged but Hugh Laurie did make his second guest appearance in the fabulous “Family Guy” - and this time he was playing Gregory House!
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My dad is one of those grumpy men who should be funny but actually isn’t. Why isn’t he? Because his level of grumpiness has reached an all time low of irritatingness. Not only that but real grumpy men go on and on about the same topics and that’s really why it’s funny. My dad, on the other hand, is not the kind to ponder the same things over and over. No: he’ll keep finding new rubbish things to moan and whine about and that is how it will always be.
That said, recently he has been getting better. Not much, but a bit. It’s all because of Hugh Laurie and House MD, of course. House to the rescue once again, yes!
It all started like this: my dad said one day recently that you couldn’t have a career if you were over 40 (he had made display cabinets all his life and was proud of that fact). He was adamant that this was the case. I got angry. Eventually he challenged me to find someone who had had a successful career start after they turned 40. And this is where House comes in…
I had never known House. Ashamed as I am to admit it, I only recently became a fan. It was by pure accident: I wandered into the record shop in town and asked the assistant if there was anyone who had made it big after the age of 40. He told me about House and I brought the DVD home that day and made my dad watch it.
And, to my dismay, because he never likes anything, he actually did like it! He watched the entire box set and wanted more and only moaned about 50 times! (He would normally moan at least 200 times, so, you see, it was a huge improvement!)
That was a turning point in more ways than one. Because not only had dad found something he enjoyed, but I had found something I enjoyed with him too. A first, you could say…
House is great for the following reasons:
He proves that older people should stop moaning; you can be older and have a career and be rich and famous.
He makes jokes out of serious stuff, which is sometimes just what you need.
He is a new type of character on our screens which is dearly welcome. No more Mr Nice guy…this guy is all about the mean approach!
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