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House, M.D.

House, also known as House, M.D., is an American medical drama, which debuted on the FOX network on November 16, 2004. The show was created by David Shore and executive produced by Shore and film director Bryan Singer. During the 2007–08 United States television season, the series was the most-watched scripted program on TV and the third-most-watched program overall, behind American Idol and Dancing with the Stars.

House stars English actor Hugh Laurie as the American title character Dr. Gregory House, a maverick medical genius who heads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. The original diagnostic team consists of Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer), Dr. Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), and Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps). In the fourth season, this team is disbanded and House gradually winnows a field of forty applicants to a new team consisting of "Thirteen" (Olivia Wilde), Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson), and Lawrence Kutner (Kal Penn). Other main characters are Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), Dean of Medicine and hospital administrator at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, and Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), head of the Department of Oncology and House's only friend.

House has gained various awards and nominations. Hugh Laurie received the 2006 and 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama and the 2007 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. House received a 2005 Peabody Award for what the Peabody board called an "unorthodox lead character – a misanthropic diagnostician" and for "cases fit for a medical Sherlock Holmes," both of which helped make House "the most distinctive new doctor drama in a decade." The show also gained three consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006, 2007, and 2008. House ended after eighth seasons of broadcasting.

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Eric Foreman, M.D., is a fictional character on the Fox medical drama House. He is portrayed by Omar Epps. A neurologist, Foreman was a member of Dr. Gregory House's handpicked team of specialists at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital's Diagnostic Medicine Department. He was hired by House three days prior to the series' pilot episode (as revealed in a deleted scene of the pilot). Foreman attended Columbia University as an undergraduate before matriculating to Johns Hopkins Medical School. Little is known about Foreman's past, although it has been suggested that his family was not very well-off and his parents are currently living on a pension (cf. "Histories"). Foreman was also a former juvenile delinquent who once burgled houses and stole cars; House claims that this was a major factor in his decision to hire Foreman.

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"Pilot" is the first episode of the television series House. The episode premiered on the FOX network on November 16, 2004. It introduces the character of Dr. Gregory House (played by Hugh Laurie)—a maverick antisocial doctor—and his team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. The episode features Dr. House's attempts to diagnose a grade-school teacher after she collapses in class.

House was created by David Shore, who got the idea for the curmudgeonly title character from a doctor's visit. Initially, producer Bryan Singer wanted an American to play House, but British actor Hugh Laurie's audition convinced him that a foreign actor could play the role. Shore wrote House as a character with parallels to Sherlock Holmes. The show's producers wanted House handicapped in some way, and gave the character a damaged leg arising from an improper diagnosis.

The episode received generally positive reviews; the character of House was widely noted as a unique aspect of the episode and series, though reviewers such as Sherwin Nuland of Slate believed that such a cruel character would not be tolerated in real life. The initial broadcast of "Pilot" was watched by approximately seven million viewers, making it the sixty-second most-watched show of the week.

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In the beginning of the episode, No Reason, Dr. House is approached by a displeased, gun-wielding, man named Jack Moriarty. Moriarty wounded Dr. House in order to get revenge, as House made Moriarty reveal that he was cheating on his wife.

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  • ...that actress Sela Ward was not initially interested in playing Stacy Warner on FOX's House, but changed her mind after watching tapes of the show?



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