Am I the only person in USA happy that House has finally ended? I watched one episode and found it gross and clichéd in its plotting, recognizing though that Hugh Laurie’s acting skills were most likely the main (only?) thing that could ever give yet another series about the American TV public’s apparent addiction to bizarre and grisly ways to snuff it a chance of succeeding.
No doubt there are some who hated the show, found it formula-driven pap, but the main reason I’m happy it has ended is because now perhaps Mr. Laurie, after a well-deserved break from spending 16 hour days, 6 days a week in windowless TV studios, may now decide to go back to England and do what, in my opinion, he does best. Get back to the serious business of making us laugh.
Many Americans seem blissfully unaware of his superb hit TV series in UK “A Bit of Fry and Laurie” with national treasure Stephen Fry, or the brilliant Black Adder series. My advice is to become blissfully aware; rent the DVDs, or watch it on your iNavel, or whatever it is you peer at these days.
There’s a reason his acting in House was of such a high caliber, he is a superb comedy actor. Look at Jeeves and Wooster, watch the movie Peter’s Friends.
In my next blog, I’ll be taking a look at the varying degrees of success other British comedy actors have achieved in their attempts to cross genres into serious drama, in TV and movies.
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