Less Olivia Wilde this season on 'House'
September 29th, 2011
09:22 AM ET

Less Olivia Wilde this season on 'House'

Get ready to see a lot less of Olivia Wilde on "House."

The actress, whose big screen career has exploded lately ("Tron: Legacy," "Cowboys and Aliens"), "will be in very few episodes this year," "House" creator/executive producer David Shore told reporters on a conference call Monday.

"Very, very few episodes... not because of particular creative reasons on our part but because she’s got a very thriving movie career and has asked us to allow her to do that," Shore said. "We had a great association with her and we do have an episode planned which is kind of the goodbye episode - Not just planned, we’ve got it shot. I think it’s very nice."

To fill the void of Wilde's character "Thirteen" and another character who won't be returning, Lisa Edelstein's Cuddy, new cast members Odette Annable and Charlyne Yi were announced last month.

The new season, starting on Monday, finds Dr. House in prison, months after driving his car into Cuddy's (Edelstein) house in the finale. Shore said that the fact House served time doesn't necessarily mean he'll be a changed man once he returns to the hospital in the October 10 episode.

"One of House’s mantras is nobody changes. I think that’s largely true," Shore said. "I think the show has been about a guy who’s striving to change and failing for the most part and that is human nature. I think what happened was last year he tried to change, and I think this year he’s going to say that was stupid on a certain level. I’m not saying last year was stupid. I’m not even saying that the relationship [with Cuddy] was stupid. I think the relationship was great but I think it didn’t work out, and so House’s reaction to that is to not go down that path again so fast."

House first encounters Annable's character, a prison doctor, while behind bars.

"I think she’s used to being really the smartest person in the room, and now she will be the second smartest person in the room, and she knows that when she meets House," said Annable. "She doesn’t have his experience or wisdom or knowledge yet but she’s truly fascinated by him as a doctor. The interesting thing about her is that she’s fortunate enough to be in a financial situation that she doesn’t have to work but she wants to."

As for her other series, "Breaking In," Annable joked, "Fox is killing me. I’m very excited that 'Breaking In' got picked up but my number one priority right now is 'House.' So I will be doing double duty at some point. I don’t know when that will be yet. I do think 'Breaking In' will start [shooting] early in the new year so we'll see how that goes.'


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  1. Lucky13

    Olivia is an amazing actress, and HOUSE won't be the same without her! Saw that this song is going to be in her final episode – beautiful song to bid farewell to a beautiful actress! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7tY8LF6W2k (Ballad of El Goodo by The Wellspring) Can't wait to see the episode tonight...

    Good luck to Olivia with all the movies she has coming up! Ain't no one gonna turn her around!

    October 17, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. R.U.Sirius

    House needs to get off the codeine and get on the ganja, mon. He would not be so grouchy.

    September 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TERRA NOVA GIRL

    I really dont watch house anymore. Too much drug use on the show. The house character should be left in prison.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nick

    So hot. That is all I got. :)

    September 29, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. TERRA NOVA GIRL

    I LOVE TERRA NOVA ! IT RULES !

    September 29, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. chimchim

    there used to be a p@rn star named Olivia Wild or Olivia Wilde. She mybe should have chosen a different SAG name.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Orange Julius

    What did you think about Terra Nova ? It wasnt the greatest but I kind of liked it. The leader of the compound seems to maybe have a hidden agenda though. How do they communicate with the future though? How can he request doctors and stuff through the time portal if it is only in 1 direction?

    September 29, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |

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