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Fall TV Mystery: Who'll Be House's New Boss?

It’s a job we wouldn’t wish on anyone in the medical community: lording over the brilliant if bullheaded Dr. Gregory House. And yet it is a position that must be filled, given that Fox’s House is heading into its next season sans Lisa Edelstein as Princeton Plainsboro’s Dean of Medicine, Dr. Lisa Cuddy. What sort of superior should the show introduce to keep House in check? Female, male? Prickly, hunky? We have some ideas….

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Series creator David Shore says the possibilities for picking Cuddy’s successor are “wide open…. Everything’s on the table” — promoting Wilson included. And yet we have the strong feeling that the writers won’t be able to resist the opportunity to shake things up with a brand-new boss person.

“It’s safe to say there’ll be new players next season. Some,” Shore told us. And with Edelstein gone and Olivia Wilde expected back only in measured doses (as Thirteen), “Yes, we would want to have a female presence, absolutely.”

So here are our picks, both femmes and fellas, to (try to) keep the House in order.

Stephen Fry | This Brit wit has before teamed with his BFF Hugh Laurie in the BBC’s A Bit of Fry & Laurie and ITV’s Jeeves and Wooster. He’s also familiar to Fox faithful from his intermittent gig as Dr. Gordon Wyatt on Bones. We could see Fry playing a Dean of Medicine with whom House strikes an instant connection — Wilson’s jealous, what? –  though Laurie might be tempted to slip out of his American accent now and again.

Janeane Garofalo | The sometime comedienne has been laboring to break into the TV drama biz, first on 24 and most recently on the short-lived Criminal Minds spin-off. On House, she could give as well as she gets, and probably with little to none of that palpable sexual tension viewers grew used to.

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Tim Roth | I’ll pretend for a second that I don’t know how these things work and propose that Roth’s Lie to Me character, the genius Dr. Cal Lightman, take the reins at PPTH, if only because he’ll be able to glean each and every time his world-class diagnostician is trying to dupe him.

Calista Flockhart | Now that Brothers & Sisters has retired to that wine cellar in the sky, she’s available. And we like the idea of her playing a Dean who on the surface comes across as Ally McBeal-style flighty — something that prompts House to dial down his game and let his guard down — when in actuality she’s playing him, being secretly as razor-sharp and cunning as the duplicitous doc.

Tom Welling | Another way to go in filling Cuddy’s shoes is by totally zagging and making House answer to some young whippersnapper. We see a scenario where the Smallville alum plays a suited-up, top-of-his-class Harvard grad who thinks he knows all there is to know about his primo new job, but is in for a rude awakening as to how things really work when one of your subordinates is a super… maniac.

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Keri Russell | Think Welling’s character, only… even prettier. Already a de facto member of the Fox family from her turn on last season’s Running Wilde — and beloved since her days as Felicity — she could play a preternaturally brilliant administrator who knocks ladies man Chase off his game as much as she professionally perturbs House.

Allison Janney | This bit of dreamcasting perhaps gets us most excited, the idea of TV’s erstwhile C.J. Cregg boarding the Fox drama as a no-nonsense Dean of Medicine who perhaps condones House’s envelope-tearing therapies a smidgen more than Cuddy did, yet nonetheless takes an almost sadistic delight in making him fight for his way. Janney is lethal with well-crafted banter and zingers, so seeing this four-time Emmy winner crackle in scenes with Laurie, a four-time nominee, would certainly elevate our pulse.

Who would you like to see fill the void on House?



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Comments (775)

  • My prediction is that the new boss of house will be.. well, House. House gets a promotion

    Comment by Kozis – June 9, 2011 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mira Sorvino.

    She guest starred in an episode where she was a doctor (psychiatrist) stationed in Antarctica. There was sexual tension between her and house, and in some ways, she seems to understand him. Would love to see this play out a bit more.

    Comment by Kim – June 9, 2011 02:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • None of the above. I think Anthony La Paglia of Without a Trace would fit well. Poor Wilson. 2 guys who can play a bit crazy and come out of it looking perfectly sane.

    Comment by John – June 9, 2011 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Laurie has been nominated five times for an Emmy, not four.
    Stephen Fry or Alison Janney would be fantastic. But isn’t she on The Good Wife?

    Comment by erin – June 9, 2011 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Stephen Fry would be absolutely fantastic, they always had such a good working relationship in A Bit of Fry And Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster and not forgetting their times in Blackadder…i give a huge thumbs up for Stephen Fry

    Comment by Brian – June 9, 2011 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Given how the last season ended, I’m wondering how House can possibly have any job at all left, with or without a boss. Isn’t he going to have to begin Season 8 as a jobless fugitive from justice?

    Comment by Cameron – June 9, 2011 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Charlie Sheen? He is looking for work.

    Comment by jon cryer – June 9, 2011 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tim Roth or Fry would be fantastic!!

    Comment by Magnús – June 9, 2011 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Janney all the way!!! She is hilarious and an exceptional actress.

    The Jackal, anyone?

    Comment by Sharon – June 9, 2011 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They should bring back either Stacy

    Comment by philip alfieri – June 9, 2011 02:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ugh i feel like this is going to ruin my favorite show.. thanks for fuqing it up fox

    Comment by =-( – June 9, 2011 02:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If they go with Jeneane Garafalo, I will never watch the show again. Like nails on a chalkboard!

    Comment by John – June 9, 2011 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love to see Jay Mohr as House’s boss!

    Comment by James – June 9, 2011 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jay Mohr was really brilliant on Law & Order:CI as the Charlie Sheen-like guy. I didn’t know he was that good an actor. I usually think of him as a comedy guy.

      Comment by Lois – June 9, 2011 11:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michelle Pfeiffer,Kim Basinger or Rene Russo

    Comment by william – June 9, 2011 02:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think an old, grumpy, yet full of life woman would be pretty interesting and funny to be House’s boss. (Perhaps with a pretty daughter for House ;) )

    I could see her setting tricks up for House just like Cuddy did, but it’d be even more funny since she’s well..you know..OLD.

    Comment by Lauren – June 9, 2011 02:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I say bring back Cameron or Masters to the diagnosis team, and bring in a character to fill the job left from Cuddy’s departure.

    Comment by Lyle Anderson – June 9, 2011 02:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Charlie Sheen?

    Comment by Margaret – June 9, 2011 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jennifer Morrison wood be a good Bossfor House

    Comment by philip – June 9, 2011 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would like either Heather Locklear, Susan Lucci, or Christy Brinkley. Just for hotness factor…the first two would be great actresses, the last one Christy would just make my hubby drool.

    Comment by Kim – June 9, 2011 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think either Cameron should be House new boss because they have some what of a history and she is a good actress or Wilson should be House new boss, House and Wilson have been good friends and even though House is rebellious I believe Wilson can put House in his place until House does the opposite of what Wilson said.

    Comment by Izzy – June 9, 2011 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LISA FREAKING EDELSTEIN!!!! the one and only. I want that bitch back to where she belongs

    Comment by GdG – June 9, 2011 02:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I wish that as well. I hate when shows change characters.

      Comment by Yvette – June 9, 2011 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Stephen Fry, +1. Bring him as another genius who can challenge House’s diagnostics and make him go even more crazy.

    Comment by Harshad Warnekar – June 9, 2011 02:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Janney or Calista Flockhart. Both very funny females that would do a great job.

    Comment by Yvette – June 9, 2011 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Judi Dench? She would be the perfect as the new Dean of Medicine and is a fellow Brit as well. Of course, they would likely have to pony up a little scratch to get her.

    Comment by Roscoe – June 9, 2011 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TOM WELLING!!! That would be totally and nothing but AWESOME!

    Comment by Scott – June 9, 2011 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s a shame they killed off Amber. She’d probably be the only female other than Cuddy who could have dealt with House’s temper, tantrums and stunts. Personally I think the season is going to be about House’s downfall. He’ll lose his license or end up back in the rehab clinic he was in during season 6. He needs Wilson to be his friend and Cuddy to forgive him before they wrap it all up.

    Comment by j-doe – June 9, 2011 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please let it be Tim Roth!

    Comment by Mmm Indy – June 9, 2011 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • honestly besides tim roth which wouldnt happen, i dont see any of these people intimidating enough and witty enough to match house.

    Comment by lance mets – June 9, 2011 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anybody but Calista Flockhart please…Tom Welling, a young fresh face (and one that is not hard to look at) would be nice as long as there is some little romantic sparks in there somewhere. If this is the last season (say it isn’t so), let’s see him go out having met someone who makes him happy and please let that someone NOT be Sela Ward….too perfect.

    Comment by Jasmine – June 9, 2011 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tim roth all the way

    Comment by Tess – June 9, 2011 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rene Russo would be great. Think of her character from the Movie “Thomas Crowne Affair”. Tons of sexual tension and n ot afraid to use it to gain an edge!

    Comment by Chris 11 – June 9, 2011 02:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t see how House will be back at the hospital. Won’t he go to jail having done what he did to Cuddy?
    ?

    Comment by Maddie – June 9, 2011 02:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes! Unless they make House driving his car into Cuddy’s house a drug-induced dream when he found she left her job and moved away, it seems like House should be in jail for a few years.

      Comment by maggie – June 9, 2011 08:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Maybe House can become the prison Doctor.

      Comment by Lois – June 9, 2011 11:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They should bring back Cameron as the boss! She could do the job well.. and it would be inresting to see her as a boss :D Bringig cameron back would kinda fix all that mess they made last season.

    Comment by Lyla – June 9, 2011 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Dont u remember they already tried that?!?! and Cameron said she can not be House’s boss cuz she can never say no to him… Cameron was all drama .. i was so glad when she left.. but like i said..they tried that already!

      Comment by nikkifarfn – June 9, 2011 02:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I say promote Wilson and then fill his position with a new female :-)

    Comment by Heather – June 9, 2011 02:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please bring Cameron back to the show! She and House would be awesome together.

    Comment by Tina – June 9, 2011 02:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jennifer Morrison is starring in a new show on NBC, so she can’t come back to House.

      Comment by Lois – June 9, 2011 11:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think that they are not going back to Princeton Plainsboro, they will leave behind the complete cast with the exception of House’s team and Wilson.

    Comment by Raimundo Pérez de Arce C – June 9, 2011 02:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If the producers really wanted to boost ratings they would introduce Dr. Charlie Harper…I mean Dr. Charlie Sheen… He is winning after all and it would give a chance to go against Aston Harper, lol…

    Comment by James – June 9, 2011 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • lol… omg i sooo loved this answer!!!! hahaha priceless!

      Comment by nikkifarfn – June 9, 2011 02:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Luv the show as is but any one would be great.

    Comment by Nicole Baptiste – June 9, 2011 02:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved both “Smallville” and “Brothers and Sisters” and I am going to miss them both……So I pick,………..Betty White for “House”. He deserves an Old Lady for a Mate. Lol!

    Comment by Skip – June 9, 2011 02:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Janney would be good but more of the same. Fry or John Cleese would be ratings boosters for their own reasons.

    Comment by Drew – June 9, 2011 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love to see James Spader (late of Boston Legal) as the boss. He is just quirky enough to be a foil for House, yet he can be serious and intense enough to aggravate him. Plus I know 13 would find him attractive (aggravating House even more)!

    Comment by MsChris – June 9, 2011 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lisa Edelstein is irreplaceable…HOUSE MD can go to hell!

    Comment by Angelica – June 9, 2011 02:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh please she is the most Replaceable of all but thank for the laugh anyway. thank god shes gone and hope is forever :)

      Comment by Kelly Jo. – June 11, 2011 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • omg i sooo hope they pick Allison Janney.. she is a great actress!! plus she kind of look like Sela Ward.. and imagine how much fun would that be!!! House having to listen to someone who look like the first women who broke his heart!!! and Allison looks like she can put house in his place.. better than LE ever did!!!

    Comment by nikkifarfn – June 9, 2011 02:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bring Mira Sorvino back !! Or a girl of similar to House personality! This is how House will realize how he affects others and ultimately change. Plus, things stay interesting. And make her hot and happy. Not like Cuddy, she turned into a grandma in the final season

    Comment by viki – June 9, 2011 02:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • would love to see Tim Roth on there.

    hes an amazing actor and needs to be hired somewhere.

    to see him and house butt heads would destroy the world

    Comment by jciccone – June 9, 2011 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, Stephen Fry PLEASE!!!!! Another teaming of Fry and Laurie would be PERFECT!!!!

    Comment by Kat – June 9, 2011 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Doogie Howser? He he

    Comment by Jose Jimenez – June 9, 2011 02:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the thought of janney playing the part! Loved her character on Mr. Sunshine. She would be a perfect match for house, outwitting him, with possibly having a secret crush on him?

    Comment by Debi – June 9, 2011 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love to see Stephen Fry as the new boss. It would be lovely to see them hit it off instantly.

    Comment by Rebecca – June 9, 2011 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love House but if they even think of putting Janeane Garofalo on the show, I will stop watching it. I can’t stand her!!

    Comment by Amanda – June 9, 2011 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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