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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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  1. Patti Iraci says:

    I would like to see Stephen Fry from Bones, take Cuddy’s place in House. I think he would be a great choice. In Bones, he always helped Booth and Brennan out in situations. He was a likable character.

    • Lois says:

      Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie have been best friends since college. They have a long history of working together. I would love to see them working together again.

  2. pam says:

    well I think Tina Fey is a good choice and Famke Janssen and Christa Miller (scrubs)and Rose McGowan. How about Sela Ward she was once on House and he really like her

  3. Mitch says:

    Actors and actresses don’t play the same characterizations from other shows unless the actual character is the same. You have to see what characterization is written by a scriptwriter before you can play a role so all this talk of these actor’s characters on other shows is ridiculous!

    Having said that it’s almost a no-brainer that the character will be a woman so that the House misogynistic sexual tension can be beaten up but I do like the angle where House is being played but we can’t believe he won’t work it out before too long so perhaps there will need to be a stream of Head Honchos, male and female, coming through the auto-doors at Princeton Plains.

  4. Sarah says:

    I like the idea of promoting Wilson; but if you really want someone new, I think it should be a girl!

  5. Brittany says:

    Cameron should come back as Dean of Medicine!!! It would be perfect. I miss Cameron.

    • Sarah says:

      Now that is an interesting idea. I think she would do a decent job. But at the same time she would probably feel like she had something to prove and overrule House on everything.

    • Albert says:

      Jennifer Morrison was totally awful as Cameron. That´s why she was fired so i don´t think they will re-hire her again. It would be a show killer.

  6. Sarah says:

    I think the most important thing is that House not be held back by a new boss who just wants to do the exact opposite of what House wanted to do. Cuddy was perfect cause she knew when to say no but she also understood that House is a genius!

  7. NIXON says:

    I think that they should COMPLETELY ZAG and get Tom Welling. It would be awesome to see him that type of role.

  8. Denielle says:

    Would absolutely love, Love, LOVE to Allison Janney come in and be a TRUE equal to House!! Although I love House’s character, I am itching to see someone come in and really make him work at getting what he wants. Someone who doesn’t put up with all his crap and challenges him just the same.

    I think a hardnosed female is definitely in order! I loved Cuddy and will miss her, but she was a love interest which made it more difficult to play hardball, which is what I believe House needs now. The House writers have their work cut out for them if they want to keep this series going and hopefully not rehash stories that have already been told.

    Good Luck, Fox!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

  9. Mark says:

    Stephen Fry should be the new boss, and he must take Wilson under his wing in exchange for help in keeping House in line. It would be fun to watch everybody turn against House to finally subdue him for doing something so drastic in the season finale and forcing Cuddy away.

  10. Karen says:

    I think Jessica Biel would be good for a 1st replacement n then since she is not able to control house she resigns n then some one else comes in preferably a girl but if not a gay guy!! it cant be someone to get house in check because than there would be no house what are we gonna watch a normal doctor who does things as he is suppose to n has no problems what so ever?! that wouldnt work it cant be some one to keep house in check…it has to be someone that is somehow going to care but not enough to stop house from being house!

  11. Tallulah Wood says:

    Some interesting and very good suggestions have been made,but NOT J.Garafalo and NOT Callista Flockhart or I will quit watching. I like Allison Janney or Stephen Fry.

  12. Teecie says:

    I might even start watching the show again if it’s Allison Janney!

  13. DB says:

    Jennifer Morrison (Cameron)

  14. anita azzarello says:

    I love the idea of Allison Janney …but since this is the last season for the show….a fitting ending would be to have that millionaire guy that donated the $11 million dollars 3-4 seasons ago, come back, buy the hospital and split up the cast at the end and let the show “die” a likely death…..No one will ever be able to capture the original magic of the original cast of the last 4 years. R I P House….All the good shows from the early to mid 2000’s are changing casts and they go down the toilet..ie: CSI–no one replaces William Peterson. Can’t wait to see 2 1/2 Men with Kutcher…no one replaces Charlie Sheen…

  15. kaidanance says:

    i think either tom welling or tim roth would fit this position the others just wont cut it .

  16. Larc says:

    House’s new boss will be the prison warden if he gets what he deserves. As for the hospital, I always like Allison Janney in anything she does. But if House gets undeserved probation, I’d like to see him have to tangle with somebody who is ultra-authoritative and strictly by the book. John M. Jackson who played Adm. Chegwidden on JAG could handle that kind of role very nicely.

  17. Brittney says:

    Tim Roth! Definitely!

  18. Nick says:

    I WANT LISA BACK!!!!!!!!

  19. Cindy says:

    If Allison janey – I will stop watching.
    Bought hugh’s cd – awesome!

  20. Rebecca says:

    I definitely vote for Stephen Fry. The show has taken a very dark turn this last season, with more drama and less comedy than before (with the exception of the chicken bit). Fry would be excellent comedic relief, perfect to balance out all of the drama on the show.

  21. Lisa says:

    I think they should bring in someone like Kelli Williams. (star from “The Practice.”) She would be awesome and could shake things up a little.

  22. Christina says:

    Tom Welling!Please!
    I’m sure he would be amazing in a role like this one and I can’t wait to see House making his life a nightmare. Tom and Hugh…What a treat!

  23. Karen Belauskas says:

    Yes, Yes ,Yes, Janney is my choice. She was tops in West Wing..tough, bright ..a go-getter. Love to see her as House’s boss.
    What a combo!!

  24. Rick Deckard says:

    Robin Williams

  25. SizzyAnn says:

    I’d like to see Sherry Springfield; I feel she pull off ‘intellectual tension’, a real ‘mind’ challenge to House, which he doesn’t have now.

  26. rosam says:

    Everyone is throwing big names here, but FOX is having money issues and spenditures casting a star is not what I think they will go for, on the contrary. They already have their star in Hugh Laurie.

  27. maggie says:

    They really shouldn’t go for a female Dean, as it would just look like they are trying to copy Cuddy. It should either be Stephen Fry as a guy just as brilliant and manipulative as House, or Tom Welling as someone brilliant book-wise, but naive people-wise.

  28. Fabio says:

    Lisa Kudrow!

  29. Michele D. says:

    I think it should be Michelle Yeoh or Diane Kruger. Julianne Moore or Zhang Ziyi might be good options too. Can’t wait to see the new episodes soon!

  30. CArole says:

    Bring back Stacy or have Fry they were both good actors!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Moni says:

    Holland Taylor

  32. Mellie says:

    Tim Roth would make my life.

  33. Tom Rodeheaver says:

    Stephen Fry
    Keri Russell
    Alyson Janey

  34. Feather says:

    Promote Taub…he’s already on the cast, should have ample opportunity for drama with his whole super sperm thing (and hey he’s gonna need the money with 2 pregnant women to cater to) and he would be pretty funny to watch getting ate alive by house and the board both (Foreman could be attempting to help and running things from behind the scenes).

    Hire a female as a new duckling…anything other than Masters (maybe even bring back Cam for those that miss her and for plenty of Cam-Chase-House dramaz)

  35. Charles says:

    SELA WARD !! House’s ex-wife would make a formidable boss for him to butt heads with. They have quite a history and both know how to press each other’s buttons. ….plus, Sela Ward is yummy!

  36. danielpoo says:

    Kathy Griffin… :)

  37. Sandy Kaplan says:

    Allison Janey!!! She is perfect

  38. Lisa says:

    Everyone is better than Cuddy / LE !!!

    • Lina says:

      lol a bitter hameron

      • Kelly Jo. says:

        No bitter cuddy/huddy fan girls like you that think everything is about stupid shippers or her feel the need to defense herself attacking other people are Bitter like you, House is better off without that character in, season 7 is the show worse season eve and that is a fact.

  39. Diana says:

    I prefer Wilson.House doesn’t need a new person in his already messed-up life.He needs someone who knows him and.His talent and his “hard to digest” personality are not for an outsider to understand.He already had a boss from the “outside” and that didn’t quite work out.

  40. Andrzej says:

    How about we Stacy, House’s ex-girlfriend, as the new Dean of Medicine?

  41. Molly says:

    I think Stephen would be fantastic but if the role needs to be filled by a woman perhaps it could be Emma Thompson. I’m looking forward to something new and fresh whatever is decided.

  42. Varsik says:

    Stephen Fry………..I think a male boss would be interesting !!!! he’s really perfect actor!!!!!!!!

  43. pong says:

    a female wud b the best 4 house boss,not someyoung good looking guy as tom 4 itwill not for house SHOW or another old guy like roth,den d show will come 2 n end,roth is gud in his way,a soldier n hulk vry gud,or a pianist n a ship allso gud but it will not 4 house boss, a female shud work,not a young or old again as cuddy, a woman’s character who is so strong n smart n so beatifull but not even a bit ntrested on house or even 4 wilson ………………i am thinking d star of ghost whisperer,is she free agent already????????or any beautifull lady

  44. Stephanie says:

    Gil Grissom would be perfect for the job!

  45. BertieWoosterFan says:

    I think House’s boss should be a very intelligent male, at first. Someone who will challenge House in a positive, empowering way. It would be great to get House back to doing more medicine and medical sleuthing, and less pulling pranks on people. I’m not saying his humor should disappear, but House needs to come back to work in Season 8 as a more humble man. A strong male, father figure might be good, initially, to get House back on track professionally, as well as emotionally.

    • pong says:

      house is house ,,his stupid ,addict,inpain but his brilliat smart busturd we all come 2 love it, pls. dont even think of changing his attitude,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,still ,i prefer a woman 4 d role, 4 all d guys commenting,,, checkout my idea

  46. Mike says:

    how about george clooney, keifer sutherland, brad pitt…hey, that chick from ER that was on The Event is available…point is, who cares…they’ll announce the “new” person and half of you will cry like the world is burning, assuming you’d actually cry if that happened

  47. JP says:

    The only 5 women who should be considered for House’s boss:

    Helen Mirren
    Alanna Ubach
    Michael Michele (reprising role)
    Sharon Lawrence
    Carol Burnett

    GUARANTEED ratings chemistry dynamite

  48. JP says:

    Oh, and no problem with Welling as his boss…but they should make him wear glasses and a blue suit and tie in every episode as payback for the last ep of Smallville when he put on the 99 cent superman t-shirt at the end.

  49. MilkMan says:

    If the show wants to go on, not lose viewers, and be brilliant, no question. Stephen Fry or Rowan Atkinson. A melting pot of Brilliance..:)

  50. karabella says:

    I’ve never watched House but if TOM WELLING is cast, I will definitely start watching it!!!