David Shore Interview about House M.D’s Series Finale (Everybody Dies)

On when the ending was planned:

David Shore: We came up with this idea and it still wasn’t defined whether this was the last season or not and we had a semi-backup plan. But you can’t work on two shows at once. We had to decide which show we were doing: Season 8 or the final season. Ultimately, I made the decision that I couldn’t allow it to drag out any longer and we proceeded with it.

On House’s moment of epiphany:

Tell me about House’s big epiphany before he strides toward the exit. The show has always sort of suggested that people don’t change, yet it seems House wants to try.
That’s exactly right. I don’t know that House can change, and I don’t know that he needs to change. But the recognition, the striving for change, the striving to constantly be better in spite of our nature, which doesn’t make it easy, is one of the thing that keeps us human.

On whether the ending is more sweet than bittersweet:

Shore: We’re bordering on that. But one of those two guys on the motorcycle has five months to live. I know it’s a cliché, but it’s House and Wilson riding off into the sunset almost literally. That is a cliché, but the fact is, Wilson is dying. I like the fact that we’re doing that while he’s dying. And it’s just House again assessing, “What’s important here? And what do I need to do to achieve that?”

On whether he considered killing House:

Yes. Everything was on the table. But it was considered for that long, partly because I want the series to live on. The idea of people thinking that House is dead is a weird thing to leave people with. It ultimately felt better to have him out there with Wilson doing who knows what. I thought that was a really nice thing to leave people with and to let them put their imprint on that in their own mind.

On whether Stacy was filling the part that should have been played by Cuddy if Lisa edelstein had been available:

I don’t want to make it seem like it was one or the other, but had [Lisa Edelstein been available] she might’ve done something [similar]. But we knew before we even had written it who we had available.

On whether he considered reuniting Chase and Cameron:

TVLINE | I really liked how you made a point of showing that Cameron ends up happy and fulfilled in her personal life. Did you ever consider reuniting her with Chase in the end?
No, because there would’ve been too much backstory to fill in.

On choosing the songs for the finale:

TVLINE | Why did you choose “Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)” for the final scene? Ever consider using “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” just to maintain the symmetry with the pilot?
We did consider that briefly. The Warren Zevon song that we used before it, I had wanted to use that; it just felt really nice. And then Hugh [Laurie] came to me one day while we were shooting [the episode] and said, “I have the perfect song for the final scene.” So I decided to stick two songs in there. We’re all about cutting against what people think we’re going to do. So going with this weird, uplifting song [about] dying had a really nice feeling to it.

Read more: http://www.tvguide.com/News/House-Series-Finale-David-Shore-1047878.aspx?rss=object


Song From House M.D S08E22 (Everybody Dies) – Enjoy Yourself by Louis Prima

The ending to House’s series finale is like BBC’s Sherlock Season 2 Episode 3 (The Fall of Reichenbach) meets the series finale for Queer as Folks (the UK version). House fakes his death, and he and Wilson ride off into the sunset together (at least until Wilson dies).

Enjoy Yourself (Louis Prima)

Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.

You work and work for years and years
You’re always on the go
Never take a minute off
To busy makin’ dough
Some day, you say, you’ll have your fun
When you’re a millionaire
Imagine all the fun you’ll have
In your old rockin’ chair

Enjoy yourself it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink
The years go by as quickly as a wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.
(Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself it’s later than you think)

Your heart of hearts, your dream of dreams
Your ravishing brunettes
Has left you now and she’s become
Somebody else’s pet (pity isn’t it)
Lay down that gun, don’t try my friend
To reach the great beyond
You’ll have more fun by reaching
For a red-head or a blonde

Enjoy yourself it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink
The years go by as quickly as a wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.
(Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself it’s later than you think)

There’s another thing I want to tell you too.

You love somebody very much
You’d like to set the date
But money doesn’t grow on trees
So you decide to wait (Foolish Fellow)
You’re so afraid that you will bite off
More than you can chew
Don’t be afraid, you won’t have teeth
When you reach ninety two.

Enjoy yourself it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink
The years go by as quickly as a wink
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy yourself it’s later than you think

Song from House M.D S08E22 (Everybody Dies) – Keep Me in Your Heart by Warren Zevon

The song playing during the montage of the characters – Chase running the DDX as head of diagnostic (Chase M.D!), Taub with his babies and baby-mamas, Cameron with hubby/boyfriend and baby, Foreman finding the nametag.

Keep Me in Your Heart (Warren Zevon)

Shadows are falling and I’m running out of breath
Keep me in your heart for awhile

If I leave you it doesn’t mean I love you any less
Keep me in your heart for awhile

When you get up in the morning and you see that crazy sun
Keep me in your heart for while

There’s a train leaving nightly called when all is said and done
Keep me in your heart for while

Keep me in your heart for while

Keep me in your heart for while

Sometimes when you’re doing simple things around the house
Maybe you’ll think of me and smile

You know I’m tied to you like the buttons on your blouse
Keep me in your heart for while

Hold me in your thoughts, take me to your dreams
Touch me as I fall into view
When the winter comes keep the fires lit
And I will be right next to you

Engine driver’s headed north to Pleasant Stream
Keep me in your heart for while

These wheels keep turning but they’re running out of steam
Keep me in your heart for while

Keep me in your heart for while

Keep me in your heart for while

Keep me in your heart for while

David Shore and Katie Jacobs Defending House M.D’s Controversial Arcs

On the staff change in Season 4:

David Shore (creator, executive producer): You want to be ahead of your audience. If you’re shaking things up after the audience has asked you to shake things up, it’s probably too late. [The original team] had been on three-year fellowships. We never imagined the show would go three years, but it felt dishonest to just keep them going in that position forever. And it also felt a little odd that people would keep working for somebody who was this difficult forever and ever.

Yeah, that excuse would make sense if House didn’t immediately hire Foreman ack, and Foreman ending up working for House for SEVEN seasons before suddenly promoted to Dean of Medicine as House’s boss. It’s okay for Foreman, but not Chase and Cameron? Jennifer Morrison is still not very happy with that storyline, and honestly, who can blame her?

Jennifer Morrison (Dr. Allison Cameron): [In Season 4] I just always had to take the stance of trusting the writers and trusting what they wanted to do with the show. It was frustrating because I just wanted to work more. The little bit that I did have, I would come in and be happy to have, but if you’re going to be on a television show and you’re going to be committed to it for all those years, you want to actually be working, not sitting around.

David Shore complaining that it was awkward and difficult to figure out how to use Chase and Cameron. Dude, you should have thought of that when you wrote Season 3 Finale. I don’t know what tg aiut with Foreman; Foreman rejoined House’s team in Season 4, so he’s in every episode as PART OF THE TEAM. Amnesia, much?

David Shore: That was a very tricky thing. I look back on that and I like what we did with [Cameron, Chase and Foreman]. I think they took on a different voice and a different feeling and a different maturity. They sort of grew up there. But they weren’t in a lot and it was difficult to find places to use them. It was awkward.

On the House crashing his car into Cuddy’s Hpuse plot:

David Shore: I know that was very controversial. Most of the firestorms I expect, to some extent. What surprised me was that people seemed to actually think that House was trying to kill Cuddy, which is just not true. He looks through that window beforehand. He knows nobody’s in that room. It was him putting his fist through a wall, basically. At the end, he’s smiling, which to me was saying to the audience, he accomplished what he wanted to accomplish, which was to simply do some damage. And then he pays a huge price.

Read more here: http://www.tvguide.com/News/House-Series-Finale-Oral-History-1047814.aspx

Three Sneak Peeks From House M.D S08E22 (Everybody Dies)

Sneak Peeks from the series finale of house. Sneak Peek #1 is House and his team discussing House taking on a new case, even though he has to go back to prison soon. Yeah, I’m not sure the Dead Poets’ Society reference is a good sign, since Robert Sean Leonard’s character DIED in that movie.

Sneak peek #2 is House asking Foreman to speak to the parole board. Why is Foreman being so unhelpful and unsympathetic? Pissed off about the damage to the hospital? Or miffed that House flushed his gesture of friendship down the toilet? Look, Foreman, hinting to a guy that you’re an option as a new BFF after someone’s best friend is dead is not the most diplomatic thing to do.

Sneak peek #3 is House and the team treating the drug addict patient. Not sure what is the timing on this. House had enough time to solve the case before he goes to jail?

Jennifer Morrison on House M.D Series Finale (Everybody Dies)

On getting the news about returning to House. Th etiming seeems suspicious to me, like House producers just suddenly realized fans might be pissed they’re bringing everyone back, except Cameron. Especially if we found out Morrison was not even asked about coming back. Whatever. It’s not Jennifer Morrison’s job to cover their asses, she was just telling truth – I haven’t been asked about coming back for the series finale.

It was so funny — the day we did the Once Upon a Time Paley Festival. I had told everyone I hadn’t been contacted, and it just seemed too late for it to be possible. I think as those words were coming out of my mouth [executive producer] David Shore was leaving me a phone message. When I got out of the festival I saw that he had called and thought, ‘No way!’ He didn’t say on the message what he was calling for, but I hoped that was it because I really had been hoping that was something they would want me to do. House was such a special part of my life.

She won’t confirm people are returning to attend Wilson’s funeral (of course she wouldn’t! Why are reporters even asking questions like these?)

TV Guide Magazine: The end of things. Rumor has it that people return for Wilson’s funeral.
Morrison: I, of course, can’t say anything.

On the relationship between House and Cameron:

TV Guide Magazine: Does Dr. House give Cameron one last zinger?
Morrison: There’s definitely some banter between them, but it reveals the place Cameron holds in House’s mind. You see what she means to him, which is really nice.

On the possibility for Chase-Cameron reunion:

TV Guide Magazine: Would you like to see a reunion for them or has too much time passed?
Morrison: That’s a really tough question. David has kept his characters very human. The reality is, in real life we’re very unpredictable and moments cause us to make decisions you would never expect. All I can really say is that holds true in the finale with all of the characters and relationships. I do feel like I’m in a dream!

Read the full interview: http://www.tvguide.com/News/Kecks-Exclusives-Jennifer-Morrison-1047575.aspx