Is Fox Looking For A ‘House’ Spin-off?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 16th, 2013 at 1:00 am,

Fans of the show House may not know this, but the creators were initially playing with the idea of making a spin-off show based on the Michael Weston private detective character, Lucas Douglas, who is currently Cuddy’s boyfriend. While those plans have been scrapped, Fox is still looking to expand upon one their most successful shows by giving executive producers David Shore and Katie Jacobs a “standing offer” to create another series.

Says Fox’s network president, Kevin Reilly,

“It could be a direct spin-off or a completely new show. Ideally, I would love David and Katie to have their own [two-hour block].”

Oh, I bet you would. Is that because you love House so much or because you’d like to hold onto some of the thirteen million viewers the show consistently pulls it?

Regarding the first spin-off,

Reilly says they “kind of stuck their toe in the water and just didn’t feel like it worked. The [character] worked [on] House, but [he] didn’t really work as [his] own thing. They have really high standards. These are not guys who commercially are going to chase something just to announce they have a spinoff and then figure out the show later on. They’re probably the most thorough producers… I’ve ever worked with.”

I’ve got to agree with Fox on this. Lucas Douglas was an amazing character and Michael Weston is a great actor, but there’s no way his character could have successfully held a show on his own.

Still, Katie Jacobs is ready to try it again (even though she’s currently working on a remake of The Rockford files for NBC),

“I would like to do a 9 o’clock show. Maybe a spin-off or maybe just another show from the two of us.”

Since House has been given the slot of 8PM on Monday,

It’s “the only way I seem to be able to penetrate the 9 o’clock hour. As a producer, you would never pick Mondays at 8. But having said that, the network put [House] there, and it seems to be working so I think they’re smarter about these things than we are. So we’re probably going to stay at 8.”

Sure, House works on Monday, but I have a feeling that it would probably work on any day you put it on. Also, it’s obvious to anyone that there are very few networks that could be described as being “smarter about these things than we are.” Fox is not one of them.

You asked for more House coverage and here it is. Now, you’ve got to do me a favor and tell me what you think about this. Is there any way a spin-off could work? Would you watch it? What current character do you think handle his or her own show?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. I only keep watching House because it makes me laugh, mostly the House-Wilson relationship. Ever since season 5 I feel the quality has been going downhill, and Lucas had his moments, but I don't like him as Cuddy's boyfriend, let alone a spin-off, which is almost always a bad idea.

  2. Cameron is out in limbo (unless they're planning to bring her back). She could carry her own show, with the right cast.

    • OMG, like no of all the characters in House, cameron is the most boring. I think a spin-off could work, but they have to put a hell lot of work in it. Especially to find great actors for Lucas. But i would rather have a spin-off with Chase, because he is just to hot. And all the part in House that he reveals stuff about himself personnaly is really funny

  3. They only show that could spin off from House is one about Police Detective Michael Tritter played by David Morse. I'd watch a cop show about a vindictive police detective.
    I hope they don't force a spin off and

  4. I'm not sure that House is a good pick for a spin-off, because it relies too heavily in his lead actor. House will canceled in a month if it wasn't for the amazing performance that Hugh Laurie gives us each week.

  5. He was entertaining for a while (although his love affair with Cuddy kinda came out of left field and it really doesn't feel that real for me), but I couldn't see him in his own show.

    As for David and Katie, hey as long as they're comfortable with what they want to do, let them do it. I'm glad to see Fox hasn't pushed the issue too much.

  6. Was I the only one that thought that a spinoff featuring Lucas could work?

    I truly think it can, especially with the House creative team at the helm.

  7. ABC's Private Practice seems to have been a more or less successful spin-off centered on one character from the Grey's Anatomy cast. If Shore and Jacobs could somehow make a Cameron-centric spin-off work, I'd be interested, but it would probably take a really strong supporting cast. Or at least a hell of a pilot.

  8. I think the episodes with Lucas from season 5 (when he and House were friends) showed some potential for a spin-off. It showed that Lucas could be really funny and be a character you could care about. Each episode could be finding info for a new client. I still like Lucas in the new season but he's become a more serious/rival role for his current storyline. I won't be crushed or anything if they don't make a spin-off though. Thanks for the House coverage!

  9. Thank you Screen Rant for some House news!(finnaly) I loved the character of Lucas, and last season, when he just dissapeared, it made me really dissapointed, but I'm glad they brought him back as Cuddy's boyfriend. I did NOT see that one coming. But as great an actor as Micheal Weston is, I don't think that I could get into his own spin-off. I could see maybe Wilson getting his own spin-off, and it would be cool to see the original team, Cameron Chase and Foreman, starting up their own practice at another hospital.

  10. If it wasn't for Hugh Laurie and the great writing for his character, I don't think even House would still be around. I think the only character dynamic enough to even imagine having a spin-off was Micheal Tritter (David Morse), and even thats a stretch/

  11. Fox cancelled family guy ….. twice!

    morons

    Thank adult swim for ressurecting it!

  12. spin-off idea is no good. I wouldn't watch it. All the best characters in the show are closely related to House and it would be an outrage to watch them without him.

  13. spin-off idea is no good. I wouldn't watch it. All the best characters in the show are closely related to House and it would be an outrage to watch them without him.

  14. If they made a House spin-off, it'd be cool to have some crossovers between the spin-off and House. Have some of the events in the spin-off tie off to things going on in House and visa versa. Nothing too extreme, but maybe small side stories? Not only would it help to promote the spin-off, but it'd be cool for fans to spot the connections.

  15. They still could do a season 9 or TV specials with House!!

    He faked his death so somehow House will find a way to come back to life?

  16. I Had a great Idea, and its just that, but I think Foreman of all people should have been given his own spin-off… I think they should have made it unique by giving him a private practice, and calling back Cameron to be a doctor with him. I feel that they had a good report with each other and it would go well… I think they could do the ol’ phone call trick and place House in various “Hard” cases mid seasons, just for awe. I think it would be interesting, the writing talent is there. It should happen….Thoughts?

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