February 7th, 2011
09:03 AM ET
Candice Bergen returns as Cuddy's mother Arlene on tonight's episode of "House," and Lisa Edelstein couldn't be happier.
"Candice is amazing; she's an incredibly bright woman, which I think just shines right through all the dialogue, and really fun to work with," she recently told reporters of Bergen. "I was really happy to be on set with her just historically, just because I've grown up watching her. I think having met the character of Cuddy's mom, it's clearer why she would be able to tolerate a guy like House."
In the upcoming episode, Arlene is admitted to the hospital and House resorts to doing something illegal in order to treat her. "When the health crisis hits, [Cuddy's relationship with House is] even more complicated and it gets very, very messy."
So what does the future hold for "Huddy," as the fans call them? "I think they're two very complicated people who really want to be together - whether or not they can is another thing, but they're going to try as hard as they can."
Edelstein also spoke about the atmosphere on a set that includes the wickedly funny Hugh Laurie. "There are a lot of great wits on this crew," she said. "There's some very smart, very disturbed people that work together - it's a lot of fun because we all like each other."
One question on fans' minds is whether or not the show will return for an eighth season, which Edelstein addressed.
"There's a whole complicated structure of that in terms of who pays for what when you make a show. Now that the show’s been on for so long, I think NBC [who produces the show] wants Fox to take over the cost of production and Fox doesn't want to take that over, so there's just been some dispute there," she explained. "I know that they officially have Hugh for an eighth season. He negotiated that a long time ago. So, the rest of us will have to wait until the contract is finished between the studio and the network."
Aside from Wilson, Cuddy is also the only supporting character to have an entire episode revolve around her.
"It was really fun for me to kind of be the person that's on set the most, kind of setting the pace and the atmosphere on stage because you really are responsible for that when you're there the most," Edelstein recalled of the experience. "If you have an attitude or you’re tired then it kind of drags everything down. It was fun to have that responsibility and I loved doing it. I loved it, but boy, Hugh must be exhausted."
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