Things I’ve Been Watching: The Oranges

There’s a reason why a movie is on the DVD rack at Big Lots for three dollars. There’s a high probability that it’s not very good. The movie in question was The Oranges, a 2011 film starring Hugh Laurie, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, and Leighton Meester. Laurie and his wife (Catherine Keener) live across theContinue reading “Things I’ve Been Watching: The Oranges”

Jeeves & Wooster

Over the past month, I watched through the four season of ITV’s Jeeves and Wooster starring Stephen Fry as the “gentleman’s personal gentleman” Reginald Jeeves and Hugh Laurie as Bertram Wilberforce Wooster from the early 90s. On Friday, I sat down and watched the final episode. I had watched some of the episodes on PBSContinue reading “Jeeves & Wooster”

On Emma Thompson and House

Emma Thompson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week, flanked by Nanny McPhee costar Maggie Gyllenhaal and Cambridge classmate and House star Hugh Laurie. Seeing Thompson and Laurie together reminds me, besides Peter’s Friends (which I’ve not seen in far too long), of a House story I would love to see.Continue reading “On Emma Thompson and House”

On House and The Beatles

Let’s rewind a few days. Back to Tuesday. House returned to FOX on Tuesday for its final three episodes of the fourth season with a Very Special Christmas Episode. Unlike previous Very Special Christmas Episodes, Dr. Gregory House didn’t OD himself into oblivion. He had case. He had his new team. He had new mindContinue reading “On House and The Beatles”

On James Spader’s Emmy Win

Last night James Spader won his third Emmy in four years for his work as ethically-challenged attorney Alan Shore from Boston Legal. Spader, I thought, didn’t have a particularly challenging year as Shore — he was sidelined through much of the first half of the season, ironically due to a storyline that would have beenContinue reading “On James Spader’s Emmy Win”

On Hugh Laurie's SNL

Hugh Laurie, of Blackadder, Jeeves & Wooster, and House fame, hosted Saturday Night Live tonight. Unfortunately, it wasn’t especially funny. Laurie’s monologue was amusing. The joke he made about being “bottom” in the Royal Shakespeare Company was quite inspired (even if the audience seemed slow on the uptake). The skit based on Most Haunted wasContinue reading “On Hugh Laurie's SNL”

On House

From an article in today’s Raleigh’s News & Observer entitled “Fox’s bitter medicine man a hit”– Hugh Laurie was quite likely the last person anyone imagined would star in Fox’s hit medical series “House.” Creator David Shore loved Laurie’s British sketch show “A Bit of Fry and Laurie,” but couldn’t imagine that anyone best knownContinue reading “On House”