As you no doubt surmised from my last two Ask Ausiellos, I recently chatted with House exec producers David Shore and Katie Jacobs. But it’s probably time I stopped parceling out sound bites here and there and just ran the entire transcript — if for no other reason than to watch the two of them squirm around such topics as Amber’s return, House’s descent into madness, and who’s hanging up his/her scrubs this season.
AUSIELLO: There’s an episode coming up where we learn House traveled to New York under mysterious circumstances. Does that trip tie into the upcoming emotional crisis House will be going through?
DAVID SHORE: It is tied into that. There’s certainly a thru-line within the episode about what he was doing there. I can say we’re certainly exploring House and we’re going a little deeper.
KATIE JACOBS: There’s an accumulation of events — some of which would not normally bother him and some of which would bother him — that are conspiring to make him struggle even more than we’ve seen him struggle before.
How does Cuddy figure into this?
SHORE: It’s very complicated, but Cuddy does figure into it.
JACOBS: She cares about him.
They’re both troubled people. And they both make mistakes. It’s not as
simple as she’s this thing and if he could only reach out and grab it
everything would be okay.
How will Cameron and Chase be re-integrated into the show in the final four episodes?
SHORE: We’ve got some really
cool stuff coming up, and unfortunately, I can’t even give you little
hints at it. It’s a set of dominos: I knock one over, they all fall
Do Jesse Spencer and Jennifer Morrison figure into your long-term plans?
SHORE: They do.
What are your plans for Foreman and Thirteen as the season winds down?
SHORE: There are obstacles, but it’s not a huge storyline coming up.
They’re not breaking up in the immediate future. But it’s not as much
about that relationship or Cameron and Chase or Cuddy and House…
it’s about a family of people who work together, and if something
changes in the dynamic of that family, how will they all react as
individuals and as family members?
Any romance on the horizon for Wilson?
SHORE: We do hint at something.
Can you confirm that Anne Dudek will be back as Amber?
JACOBS: (Pauses) No, I can’t.
Last question: Any cast changes as we head into next fall?
SHORE: You’ll pretty much see the same cast as last year.
SHORE: Thank you, Michael!
JACOBS: Keep watching!