When TV Headlines Collide! Hugh Laurie 'Replaces' Charlie Sheen

You’ve heard about next week’s pivotal episode of House (Monday at 8/7c), in which Cuddy’s health crisis is couched by a series of dream/fantasy sequences — including a black-and-white retro TV take (watch video here) and a Butch Cassidy send-up.

But one segment that has gotten little play has Fox’s medical drama channeling a certain headline-making Monday-night comedy.

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House executive producer Greg Yaitanes, who also directed Monday’s “Bombshells” episode, sums up the sequence as “basically Two and a Half Men, with House, Wilson and an 8-year-old Rachel Cuddy.”

And yes, you guessed right: You’ve got House, the rehabbed drug abuser, filling the Charlie Sheen role. Yaitanes, though, shrugs off the coincidence. “We shot this back in December,” he tells TVLine, “so it is interesting how events ended up playing out.”

“Maybe,” he posits, Sheen’s real-life situation “is our fault.”

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With House taking on Charlie (Harper), you can also expect the doc to don the requisite bowling shirts, while Wilson is buttoned up in conservative plaid (a la Jon Cryer’s Alan). Says Lisa Edelstein of the sitcommy scenes, “The wardrobe is hilarious.”

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