David Shore: ‘House’ and Hugh Laurie face last stand at Emmys
David Shore, who created “House,” has overseen the series starring Hugh Laurie as the cantankerous title doctor for its entire eight seasons. In 2005 he won the Emmy for Best Drama Series Writing for the episode ‘Three Stories.’ And, as a producer, he has shared in the four Emmy bids for Best Drama Series (2006-2009).
With its award success, critical acclaim and strong ratings, the medical drama has been FOX’s flagship scripted series. However, earlier this year the decision was made to close the doors on “House.” As Shore explains, “It was a group discussion, I think I have to take the majority of the responsibility for it.” He decided to wrap up the series because, “It’s been an unbelievable run … and I don’t want to overstay my welcome, I’m a little worn out, and I feel good about everything I’ve done and it would be horrible to end it when I no longer feel that way … I think this was the time to say goodbye.”
Shore is tight-lipped as to how the series will end. “It’s mainly about House exploring his life, exploring his future, so it seemed apropos … Here’s my problem commenting on the finale … I don’t want to rule anything out.”
However, there are some things fans of the show won't see in the finale. On whether Dr. House would be getting a new cane in the final, Shore’s response was a flat “No.” Also, fan favourite Cuddy, played by Lisa Edelstein, will not be appearing. Shore admits, “I’m afraid not… I would have liked it to happen, it wasn’t able to happen.”
On whether he knew how "House" was going to end when he penned the pilot a decade ago he reveals, “I never had in my mind how it was going to end. I don’t think a TV series is about its ending, I think it’s about its individual episodes … I never felt the series had a beginning, middle and end … It’s been building to moments but it’s never been building to an ending. So I’m sure the ending will be judged, I welcome that, I think it’s a good ending but it’s not the series, it’s an individual episode.”
Going into the Emmys this year, Laurie is vying for his seventh nomination. Having never won, he is arguably the most overdue to take home the golden girl. On this Shore says, “This is their last chance to do the right thing, he is truly remarkable, this character would not exist without him in that role. I don’t think this show would work with anybody else, I’m very proud of what I’ve done but it would not exist without him … He deserves more than one but all you can get him now is one.”
As for "House" breaking back into the drama series category, Shore concedes he is, “counting on a sentimental vote, I also think we’ve done really good episodes.”