I've been thinking. Dangerous, sure, but I like to do it at least twice a day. So, there's this show called House, MD that is all the rage. Fox likes it so much that it hardly found time to show baseball games during the commercials of House MD Promo-athon. I haven't seen an actual episode but am caught up -- there's a doctor who is trying to break out of prison.... Wait a sec.
I find it amazing that shows like House still get made. I'm not knocking House, really, but hospital dramas are so played, yet they turn up all the time. I envision the pitch meeting with the Fox exec went something like this:
Idea Guy: So, there's this doctor called House.
Exec: House? Oh, can we call the show House Call?
IG: If you say so.... I've got this British actor lined up.
E: Does he speak American? I hate accents.
IG: Sure, if you want.
E: What's the big deal with this House guy? Why would the American public be interested?
IG: Well, he's a great doctor, but here's the kicker. Ready? Check this out: he doesn't follow the rules.
E: I'm listening.
IG: He's a rogue who puts his patients' interests ahead of all others'.
E. Hasn't that been done? What about Hawkeye Pierce?
IG: That was a sit-com during Vietnam. Totally different.
E: I don't want to do a Vietnam movie. Too controversial.
IG: Ok, no Vietnam.
E: Good. That's a deal breaker right there.
IG: Absolutely.... Uh, so anyway, he works in a hospital.
E: Sure, but that's been done. Wasn't Mark Harmon a rogue doctor in St. Somewhere?
IG: Mark Harmon? Please.
E: Hmmm, good point. He doesn't count. What about that funny guy with the latex glove on his head?
IG: We could get him.
IG: How about I give you a for instance for Dr. House?
E. Please do.
IG: So, Dr. House gets a patient who needs help but doesn't have insurance. He treats ... the patient ... anyway.
E: Well, he can't do that! That's against the rules... Oh, now I'm getting it.
E: It's ringing a bell though. Let's see, that George Clooney guy is coming to mind.
IG: He's not British.
E: Good point. But, he didn't follow the rules.
IG: Are you talking about ER? That show is over. Donzo! It couldn't handle the controversy of a rogue doctor -- we can. Fox can.
E: Fox can do anything.
IG: That's why I'm here.
E: Still, what about Chicago Hope?
IG: Chicago HopeLESS.
E: True. What about Gideon's Crossing?
IG: You're thinking of Crossing Jordan.
E: Probably. How about MDs?
IG: We're just talking one MD. More than that confuses audiences.
E: I see you've done your homerwork. Though, I don't want to cannibalize Nip/Tuck with another hospital drama.
IG: That's on cable. There's no way our show will be that good.
E: Yes. Well, I'm still not sure House is what we're looking for.
IG: I'm offering you the ground floor, here. You think I can't walk out of here and talk to WB? This is cutting edge stuff. Dr. House won't be afraid to go against insurance companies, hospital administrators, even his colleagues.
E: That does sound cutting edge.
IG: It is cutting edge.
E: And he sets his own rules!
E: Just like Fox.
E: Would you say he marches by the beat of his own drummer?
IG: If I have to.
E: Can we do a cross-over episode with American Idol? Dr. House can perform Randy's stomach staple.
IG: Consider it done.
E: Looks like we have a deal.
And yet another hospital drama is born. Ugh.