For the first time since Bobby’s shower scene on Dallas, I’m actually excited about season premieres! The third season of House will premiere in the US on September 5, 2006 on FOX. The show will moving up to the 8 p.m. slot for its four episodes in September, possibly longer. This causes problems for me because that’s the same time that one of the poker tournaments airs and Doug Tivos that. It’s a good thing we have more than one television!
Facts from Wikipedia:
* As of 11 July 2006, House is No.1 in the Highest Rated Shows on TV.com
* The opening theme is “Teardrop” by Massive Attack, although due to rights and licensing issues this music is not used for the show in the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Israel, New Zealand, Hungary, Latin America and Greece. In those countries, a piece of music named “House,” composed by Scott Donaldson and Richard Nolan, is used. It was written specifically for the show. With the second series, this was replaced with a similar but different track. “Teardrop” itself does have lyrics, however for the opening credits only the beginning and ending sections of the song are used, which contain no lyrics. (However, the parodic British television show Dead Ringers, which sometimes spoofs House, uses “Teardrop” for the spoof’s opening theme.)
* David Shore’s ideas for House, M.D. are inspired by the writings of Berton Roueche
* House’s birthday is June 11, 1959 - the same as Hugh Laurie’s. This was shown in the second season ending episode. A close-up of his patient ID bracelet lists DOB 06-11-59 which, in U.S. date format, is June 11, 1959.
* The cast is said to be addicted to Sudoku, which has subsequently been banned from the set.
* The UK’s Five showed the first season episode “Damned If You Do” out of sequence (in December), because it is near Christmas in the episode.
* In the episode “Clueless”, House and Wilson are seen looking at House’s list of recorded television shows, which included Blackadder, The New Yankee Workshop, SpongeBob Squarepants, The O.C., as well as a Monster Truck Jam. Hugh Laurie starred in Blackadder, and, in previous episodes, it has been revealed that House enjoys both The O.C. and monster trucks. House described his interest in The New Yankee Workshop by saying “It’s a complete moron working with power tools. How much more suspenseful can you get?” The “moron” that House refers to is the show’s host, Norm Abram, who is incidentally well known for his work on the PBS television show This Old House. The episode “Forever” mentions that House also likes to watch recorded episodes of The L Word, but “only on mute.”
* Half of the main cast (Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, and Robert Sean Leonard) are left-handed.
* House rides a Honda CBR1000RR Repsol replica motorcycle.
* Many of the wings in the hospital (e.g., Cuyler Wing and Witherspoon Wing) take their names from the dormitories at Princeton University. Some of the pictures in House’s office also appear to be pictures of the campus.
* In the German broadcast, due to being dubbed by Klaus-Dieter Klebsch, House has the same voice as Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld.
* Many of the patients’ names in the English translation of the Nintendo DS videogame, Trauma Center: Under the Knife, uses names of characters or actors from House. This includes patients named Eric Dorian, Chi McGinley, Omar Flynn, Greg Kasal, Hugh Vogler, Noah Lourie, Amy Chase, and Jesse Pratt.
* In the episode “Kids” there is a reference to The Producers when Wilson says, “That’s our Hitler!”
* On one episode of Mad TV, comedian Michael McDonald, parodies Hugh Laurie’s character on the show. In the parody, Hugh Laurie’s character is portayed in a comical way as a sexist when he makes a joke to his female colleague saying that he was dying, dying to nail her. House is also portrayed as a racist when he states the the only problem the patient has is being Jewish and he puts down his African American and Australian colleagues. One of the jokes has House asking to check the man’s feet, Foreman responds in a negative tone asking “Why, so you can steal his shoe?” To which House replies, “I believe that is your people’s specialty.” His colleagues respond, but say nothing bad out of sympathy for House’s various problems. It also shows House constantly taking more than the required dose of medication.
* In the season one “Histories” episode, House utters the phrase, while speaking to two interns, “That would be telling”, a phrase which is spoken by Number Two in the opening sequence of “The Prisoner” television series. The phrase is not uncommon in British humour.
* In several episodes during Season Two (i.e. Acceptance, Humpty Dumpty, TB or Not TB) House can be seen drinking from the same fast food restaurant cup.
* In previews for the third season of House, it shows what is most likely the result of the treatment known as “Ketamine”–it shows House jogging (for, quote, “eight miles..”)and swimming. Also, his eyes which are normally pure blue, look disgruntled and bloodshot. Most notablely of all is the fact that the latest preview refers to him as “more dangerous” with Dr.Wilson saying that House could kill his next patient.
Television’s Number One scripted program, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, returns for its seventh season on Thursday, Sept. 21st! YAY! I am really excited about this one because the last episode of last season had Grissom and Sara in bed together! Agh!
Facts from Wikipedia:
# It was William Petersen’s idea to have his character be named Grissom, as Petersen is a devoted fan of the US space program (in particular, astronaut Gus Grissom).
# Six years before CSI premiered, Marg Helgenberger and Gary Dourdan starred together in a TV pilot called “Keys”. The premise of that pilot was very similar to the current premise of CSI.
# A scene showing Willows and Stokes “making out” was filmed for the first season, but was never aired.
# There were rumors of a fourth CSI series, to be set in London and using “Eminence Front” as its theme tune, but the show never materialized and there are not presently any plans for such a spinoff.
# You often hear the characters referring to a four-nineteen (4-19,4/19, etc.) or sometimes a 4-45. These are the Las Vegas Metro 400 Event codes. The often-used 419 stands for ‘deceased person,’ while the less-used 445 is ‘explosive device threat’. See External links for more examples.
# CSI’s theme song is “Who Are You”, written by Pete Townshend of The Who as the title track of their 1978 album. The show’s spinoffs also use Who songs as their theme songs, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” for CSI: Miami and “Baba O’Riley” for CSI: NY, both recorded by The Who in 1971 for their album Who’s Next.
* However, the UK DVD release of the first season (split across two volumes) used an alternative track to “Who Are You”. The reasoning behind it is unclear. Subsequent seasons on DVD in the UK contain “Who Are You”. Five’s original broadcast and repeat showing of season one always had “Who Are You” as the theme song.
# The theme song, Who Are You, is often confused with episode #108, Who Are You?
# The show is also known to use Radiohead’s music in many episodes; a total of four Radiohead songs appeared in the span of three episodes at the end of the show’s third season.
# Another frequently used musical artist is Marilyn Manson, who is also friends with CSI actor Eric Szmanda. Szmanda appeared in the video for Manson’s song “sAINT.”.
# Anthony E. Zuiker chose to set the series in Las Vegas because - as mentioned in the pilot episode - that city’s crime lab is the second most active in the United States, after the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia.
# The show utilizes a wide array of tactical flashlights; the most often-used light is the Surefire M4 Devastator.
# Over a dozen cast members from 24 have made guest appearances on the show.
# Marg Helgenberger, Jorja Fox and George Eads appeared on the show ER prior to CSI. Marg Helgenberger appeared in 5 episodes in 1996 as the partner of Doug Ross’s dad, who steals $50,000 from her. Jorja Fox was a recurring character from 1996-1999, playing medical intern Maggie Doyle. George Eads was Greg Powell in 3 episodes in the fourth season, a paramedic who kisses Carol Hathaway while she is engaged to Doug Ross.