Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
|The Cast of House (well, for one season, anyway)|
Original Air Dates: November, 2004 – May 2012
Original Network: FOX
Geek Factor: 4
Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie): An unconventional medical genius and definite antihero. Unorthodox, radical, and above all else rational, he's often compared by show fans to Sherlock Holmes (see notes). He rarely sees his patients in person. House is addicted to Vicodin to manage the pain in his leg from an injury suffered some years ago. He was a military brat, and spent time in his childhood in Egypt, Japan, and the Philippines, which influenced his choice of career. House loves his mother but hates his father – and later deduces that the man he thought was his father wasn't his biological father at all (and, as of this writing, hasn't learned it). He attended Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medical School, and met Lisa Cuddy while studying at the Unviersity of Michigan. It was while attending a medical convention in New Orleans that he met his eventual best friend James Wilson. House used to be involved with Stacy Warner, a constitutional lawyer, but after his leg injury, House blamed her for making a medical decision that left him crippled, and she left him. At various points in the series, he briefly dates Dr. Cameron, but gets much more involved with Dr. Cuddy, although they eventually broke up. He also had managed to kick the Vicodin addiction, but started taking them again before breaking up with Cuddy. House is also an accomplished musician, playing the piano and the guitar extremely well.
|Wilson and House|
Edward Vogler (Chi McBride): Billionaire owner of a pharmaceutical firm, Vogler became chairman of the board of Princeton-Plainsboro thanks to a $100 million donation to the hospital. He tried to control House repeatedly, and when Vogler demands the board fire House or lose his donation, they choose house.
Stacy Warner (Sela Ward): House's girlfriend of five years, Stacy was a Constitutional lawyer. House blamed her for his leg injury, which caused their relationship to end. Aside from House's mother, she's the only one who calls House “Greg.” She briefly worked in the hospital's legal department, but quit.
Detective Michael Tritter (David Morse): Tritter was one of House's clinic patients who tried to bully House into running tests House considered unneccesary, which resulted in House leaving a rectal thermometer inserted in Tritter for two hours. Tritter demanded an apology, but House refused, leading Tritter to start a vendetta against House, trying to get everyone to turn against him, arresting him for intent to distribute Vicodin, and generally trying to get House to lose his license. It was Cuddy, providing fabricated evidence, that finally gets House acquitted.
Lucas Dougas (Michael Weston): A private investigator originally hired by House to spy on his team, House later hires him to get information on Cuddy's personal life – this backfires, and Lucas starts dating Cuddy, and although they later became engaged, Cuddy broke off the engagement to be with House.
|First Season cast of House|
Cynthia Watros, who appeared in seven episodes as Sam Carr (Wilson's 3rd ex-wife) also appeared in Lost as Libby Smith, and was Kellie Newmark on The Drew Carey Show. Alan Mueting had bit parts in a few episodes, he also guested on Ghost Whisperer, Heroes, Bones, Cavemen, and Chuck, and could also be seen in the movies Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Superhero Movie. The lovely Paula Marshall appeared in three episodes as Cuddy's sister, and prior to this she was Iris West in the first episode of The Flash, guested in episodes of The Adventures of Superboy and Dinosaurs, appeared in the movie Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, and I'll always remember her as Dr. Claire Allen in the original version of Cupid.
Carmen Argenziano appeared in three episodes as Henry Dobson, he'd had a recurring role on Stargate SG-1 as General Jacob Carter/Selmak. Andre Braugher appeared as Dr. Darryl Nolan in three episodes (House's shrink), and of course he's known these days for playing Owen Thoreau Jr. on Men of a Certain Age, but did you know he was the voice of Darkseid on Superman/Batman: Apocalypse? He also played Gen. George W. Mancheck in the TV miniseries The Andromeda Strain, was General Hager in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and voiced Derge in three episodes of Jackie Chan Adventures. Lori Petty, who played Janice Burke in three episodes, was the voice of Livewire in Superman: The Animated Series, Noss on an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the title character in Tank Girl, and has a handful of other geek credits as well.
Charles S. Dutton, who'd appeared as Foreman's father, had previously been in Cat's Eye and Are You Afraid of the Dark? Scott Michael Campbell had previously been in Project: ALF, Flubber, Psych, and later appeared in The Event. Kadeem Hardison, who appeared in two episodes, voiced Rubberband Man on Static Shock, and was also in Vampire in Brooklyn. Jason Lewis, who guested in two episodes, was Dex Lawson in six episodes of Charmed.
Bryan Singer, executive producer of the show, was the executive producer and director for X2 (the second X-Men movie – he directed the first one), producer of X-Men: First Class, and unfortunately, the producer and director of Superman Returns (guess you can't always pick winners). He's also credited with the stories for those films. He also had a cameo in Star Trek: Nemesis as a crewman.
One of the show's regular writers, Russel Friend, had also written episodes of Smallville, Roswell, and FreakyLinks, in partnership with Garrett Lerner. Liz Friedman was a writer and co-producer on House was also one of the producers on Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Young Hercules. She also wrote episodes of those shows. Doris Egan, another producer on the show, also was co-producer or producer on Smallville and Dark Angel, and she wrote episodes of those shows as well as House. Writer David Hoselton was the executive producer of the TV-Movie Justice League of America, and wrote that as well.
Among his geeky roles, Hugh Laurie has appeared in all but the first of the Blackadder series, did a guest voice in an episode of The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends, voiced a character in a 1996 Dennis the Menace, was Jasper in the 1996 101 Dalmations, the father in Stuart Little, its sequel and subsequent animated series, voiced Dr. Cockroach Ph.D in Monsters Vs Aliens, and has done guest voices on Family Guy and The Simpsons.
Omar Epps played Marcus in Dracula 2000 and Phil in Scream 2. Robert Sean Leonard had been in My Best Friend is a Vampire and a 2000 episode of The Outer Limits. Jesse Spencer played Triton Jr. in a 1998 episode of Hercules, and was Young Bill in an episode of Time Trax.
Lisa Edelstein voiced Mercy Graves in Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League, Gwen in an episode of The Zeta Project, and voices Sharri Rothberg on American Dad! Jennifer Morrison played Winona Kirk in Star Trek (2009) and voiced the Wasp in three episodes of The Super Hero Squad Show, and played Emma Swan on Once Upon a Time. Olivia Wilde played Quorra in Tron: Legacy, was Ella Swenson in Cowboys & Aliens, and played the Baroness in the video short The Ballad of G.I. Joe. Odette Annable had previously been seen in Transformers and Cloverfield (as did her House co-star Charlyne Yi).
DVD Release: Complete season sets, and probably a complete series set by now!
Website: http://www.fox.com/house/ is the official website – or at least, it was when the show was still running!
Notes: You think this wasn't a Geek TV show? Au contraire! There were geek references in just about every episode, and one of the characters, Kutner, was an out and out geek who owned some original Battlestar Galactica stuff! So far as the House/Holmes thing goes... both characters can tell things about other people just by observation, both have a drug addiction, both live in an apartment numbered 221B, Holmes sounds like “homes” – a synomym for “houses,” their best friends are Watson and Wilson – and in one episode, Wilson even pulls a prank on someone else by calling one woman the one who got away, and named the character who filled that role in the Holmes stories!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I was recently contacted by Jeremy Whitley, director of marketing for Action Lab Comics, asking if I'd be interested in reviewing one of their upcoming comics. Now, it's always been my personal policy to be open to reviewing anything that could be of interest to my readers, so long as I can receive the review copies enough in advance that I can read and review it and get it posted during one of the periods I'm home. Well, Jeremy came through, and I'll be reviewing a book from their new imprint, "Action Lab: Danger Zone," which is an imprint for mature readers only. "Ehmm Theory" is described by Jeremy as "It's a horror/comedy. It's hilarious. It's violent. It features a talking cat and circus zombies." This is a creator-owned title, and it's written by Brockton McKinney with art by Larkin Ford, who are the owners of this property. Colors are by Jason Strutz. This book will be hitting comic shops in May of this year.
Another one from my Book and Record collection -- you can find my video for this on Facebook or YouTube!