TV writer Jill Golick is the person behind Story2Oh! (which I wrote about here) and the Running With My Eyes Closed blog, where she dissects television episodes. Her posts are ostensibly lessons in the craft of TV writing, but they’re also fascinating for TV fans like me who like to see how their toys work. Even more fascinating when she delves into my favourite show.
Jill — a lovely woman despite the fact that she’s tragically missing an “l” in her last name – just posted an account of a session she moderated at the Canadian Film Centre with CFC alum and current House writer Pam Davis. (Trivia alert: she is possibly the person behind the McGill paraphernalia that pops up on that show. EDIT: Jill confirms that’s true in the comments). It’s a deliciously insidery look at the House story department, of which Davis is one of 11 members. Read it here.
Fittingly, since Pam’s last episode was Christmas-themed, Jill offered me the gift of a couple of juicy tidbits that didn’t quite fit into her mandate of breaking down the craft of writing, but did fit quite nicely into mine of feeding the inner fangirl.
The juiciest: Jill says that Pam says that “anyone who has a crush on Hugh Laurie really ought to, because he is fabulous.” It’s always nice to have validation, especially from someone who would know.
I kind of was, as were some of my friends. I actually rewatched the scene where they talk about her pendant in case I’d missed some clue that she was just putting House on. The clues of HIV tests every three months, and her impulse to think STD, and her comment about not telling mother what she does because “why break her heart just to feel righteous” all seemed clear, but I did feel like I was missing something at the end. So, nice to have confirmation, too.
As a friend of mine pointed out: “It was such a Houseian thing – a prostitute playing the Virgin Mary in an episode called ‘It’s a Wonderful Lie.’ Though if memories of Catholic school serve, Mary would have been considered quite the soiled dove as an unmarried pregnant woman (apparently Joseph did her quite the favor) so even if Mary wasn’t a prostitute, she would have been viewed, in her time, as no better than one. So it’s a lie – but really it’s the truth (sort of) masquerading as a lie.”
Jill also tells me that David Shore was on CBC today, saying he’s back at work now that the writers strike is almost officially over (showrunners went back to work today, other writers will go back Wednesday if the Tuesday vote allows it, as is expected). He said they should have episodes ready for the end of April, though that doesn’t necessarily mean FOX will air them then.
Stay tuned next time when I actually post thoughts of my own.