…A more recent example is House. For those who don’t know about the show, (anything’s possible) House was a medical drama that ran from 2004 to 2012. The show revolved around the title character. Gregory House MD, was a brilliant, unconventional, sardonic, antisocial, and addicted to vicodin. doctor at a fictional New Jersey teaching hospital. He was the head of diagnostic team of residents and the tea specialized in figuring out was wrong with patients whose illnesses seemed a mystery. Revolving around the character were the three interns, his best friend Dr. James Wilson, and his boss/nemesis, Dr. Lisa Cuddy, The actress Lisa Edelstein portrayed Dr. Lisa Cuddy for seven of it’s eight seasons.
Unlike the X-Files, this show was always about House – the way Scandal is about Olivia Pope,( it’s about her, it stars her, everything leads back to her – and it’s an ensemble cast.) One of the dynamics within the show House was that between Cuddy and House, which quickly got the nickname (shipper name) “Huddy.” It was sharp, adversarially, with a underlying sexual tension. This is from an interview done in 2006 by the show’s co-executive producer, Garrett Lerner .
“Lisa Edelstein can do absolutely anything, so, she’s fantastic. You know, she can stand up to House, give it right back to him. She can be tender, she can be hurt, she can be strong…I think she’s probably [the favorite character for] a lot of people I’ve talked to. It’s a powerful role.”
If you’re interested in the thru-line of the House and Cuddy relationship, you can read about it at:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Cuddy.
House is another show that chose to drag a will they/won’t they storyline past it’s expiration date. In its 5th season the show tries to focus the audience’s attention on two new characters’ romantic pairing while keeping House and Cuddy at status quo. The individual show rankings in season five go from 2 to 18. The highest ranked shows are the ones that involve Cuddy, House and her dealing with adopting a baby. At the end of that season they choose to have House hallucinate a relationship with Cuddy where they slept together. A segment of the fanbase was furious about this – but that was at the end of season. Season five’s overall rank dropped from its season four placement of 7th to 16th. In season six, the first three episodes hit number one, but then start to drop quickly. In this season, House isn’t acting like House, Cuddy is engaged to the private investigator House had spying on her in season five (Yes, it’s as strange as it sounds.) and the show ratings drop from 16 to 22. In the last episode they finally decide that they should try putting House and Cuddy together.
The operative word is try. Aside from maybe the season opener it becomes obvious that the couple is being set up for failure, and they break up in episode 15. The ratings were slightly lower than those in season six, but after the breakup they sink into single digits to numbers the show has never hit before. Season seven is ranked at #44.
At this point Fox was trying to decide whether to cancel the show or not, and cost was big factor. There were three contracts up for renewal: Robert Sean Leonard who played best friend Wilson, Omar Epps who played House’s former intern now administrator Former, and Lisa Edelstein. Here’s the problem: according to Deadline, in an effort to cut cost, the producers of House decided to cut the three actors salaries, but then decided to only cut the salaries of Edelstein and Epps. Yep, the woman and the African-American man. Now, Epp’s role of Eric Forman never was as strong or central a relationship to Gregory House in the way that the characters of Leonard and Edelstein were, so I can see why that call was made about Epps. It’s the decision to devalue the role of Cuddy to the House franchise that was a big mistake, and to me makes little sense unless it came out of the mindset that the Cuddy/House relationship was not as important to show as Wilson or adding other characters. I say this because the pay cut they wanted Edelstein to take was seventy-five thousand dollars. Yet the show show created two new characters and kept the character of “Thirteen” who was barely there and had little connection to anyone, making the whole cost-cutting effort seem more symbolic than anything else.
Granted, they’d made such a mess of the relationship – starting back in season five, that trying to fix things would have been a a major overhaul. Like The X-files, House had chosen to go in various directions to avoid the relationship issue until they were backed against a wall. How they were planning to clean it up is something we’ll never know because Edelstein didn’t take the paycut. She walked away, releasing only this statement:
"After much consideration, I am moving onward with a combination of disappointment at leaving behind a character I have loved playing for seven years and excitement of the new opportunities in acting and producing that lie ahead".
Well, the fans of the show that were invested in Cuddy/Huddy were upset. They campaigned, complained, and even took out an add in Variety to support Edelstein – and they kept the salary issue in the discussion. Did it bring her back to House? No. What did happen is ratings for House continued to plummet and its cancellation was announced mid-season. Meanwhile, Edelstein got a multi-episode story arc on CBS’s awarding show The Good Wife. She’s been acting steadily since in TV movies and guest spots shows such as House of Lies, Scandal and most recently another multi-episode appearance on Castle. Having fan support gave her more visibility, which no doubt helped make her transition out of House easier – despite the fact that she’s never been nominated for one of those bright shiny TV Academy trophies. The fans campaigning for Edelstein and voicing their unhappiness with what was done was, made a difference for the actress. I don’t think anyone would say it was a waste of time. (x)
Mark and Estel at Spring/Summer 2014 Mercedes-Benz
Is this the woman who will come between Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Kate Beckett (Stana Katic)? Former House star Lisa Edelstein begins a three-episode Castle arc as investigator Rachel McCord, who is connected to Beckett’s job offer in Washington, D.C., in the ABC drama’s Sept. 23 premiere. “McCord becomes a mentor to Beckett and doesn’t quite understand why Castle is hanging around,” Edelstein says. “What McCord’s done with her life is really inspiring and tempting to Beckett, but it is also threatening to the way of life Beckett’s chosen so far.”
Edelstein admits she still hasn’t watched the 2012 series finale of House, which aired one year after her character, Dr. Cuddy, was written off the show under ugly circumstances when contract negotiations did not work out. “I wasn’t happy with how my character ended at all,” she says. “It was a really complicated and upsetting situation, which is why I decided not to do the finale. It was horrible and there was no amount of money that would have made it OK.” (x)
Lisa Edelstein watches the Mark and Estel runway show :)
Lisa @ Mark & Estel show during MBFW 2013:)
Lisa Edelstein arrives at the 2009 FOX UpFront
"On his way Donald analyzed the conversation. His words ‘at the airport’ established that he had retained his position in the upper bourgeoisie. Nancy’s aloneness might indicate that she had matured into an unattractive woman without friends. Her husband might be either away or in bed. And because she was always ten years old on his dreams the highball shocked him. But he adjusted himself with a smile-she was very close to thirty."
Three Hours Between Planes was published after Fitzgerald’s death in 1941. I believe it is a story he had been working on at the end of his life when he was sober and starting to produce well written material once again and it shows
This is a true Fitzgerald story, a story about young love, enduring crushes, loneliness, clouded memories, bad judgement and so much more. I am surprised that this story is not in any collection of his work, it should be. I read it online at Gutenberg.net Three Hours Between Planes check it out.
"Donald sat for five minutes with two thoughts- first the hopeless impossibility of reconciling what different people remembered about the same event- and secondly that in a frightening way Nancy moved him as a woman as she had moved him as a child. Half an hour had developed an emotion that he had not known since the death of his wife- that he had never hoped to know again."
I also just discovered a short film based on the story was made in 2013.
Vimeo and is a good adaptation. Lisa Edelstein does a fantastic job.