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This is the full transcript of the Katie Jacobs interview for those unable to open it. (for some reason I myself can only open it on firefox...)
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Q: I have to wonder, when tu were preparing for the hostage episode, did tu come across any real instances where anything remotely like this happened where someone went a little crazy in the hospital just to get treatment?
K. Jacobs Yes. In fact, I talked to several SWAT guys. One had a really interesting story about how the hostage taker was moving outside the hospital, from one area to the other, and they were all poised to get him. When he came out, he and the hostages that were surrounding him all had on surgical scrubs and masks so they could not figure out who the hostage taker was and who the victims were. Yes, we researched this.
What we were really interested in tapping into – because obviously guys pulling pistolas is not all that original, but what we were interested in tapping into is the frustration that many of us feel when we go in to see a doctor o a hospital, and we’re not diagnosed, when they simply don’t know what’s wrong. This patient had been to 16 hospitals and has been through every imaginable test and he feels that there is a certain indignity, and he’s not being seen, and yet, at the same time, he’s lost everything because, also, people with illnesses know, tu miss a certain amount of work because you’re not feeling well, o you’re not able to carry on even the closest of relationships, so tu can lose your life to this illness. That’s what we’re más interested in is patients’ frustration and their need to be seen.
Q: I’d like to talk about whatever we’re on the brink of with House and Cuddy. Would tu say that viewers should brace themselves for one of the most unorthodox amor affairs in TV history?
K. Jacobs It’s funny because you’re right to say “unorthodox,” and at the same time, I think it’s probably más real than any other amor relationship on TV insofar as relationships are complicated. House and Cuddy work together. There’s obvious chemistry; there’s obvious respect, but there’s barbs, and there’s jousting. It is unorthodox and, at the very same time, incredibly real. So, yes.
Q: It seems like scheduling and rescheduling have become a fun game for the zorro, fox network lately. What are your thoughts on the mover to Mondays?
K. Jacobs Well, this is the deal, it’s not my job to schedule the show. In fact, I have very little, if any – practically no say - over where they put us. What I will say is that my job is to contribute to making the best mostrar possible. So, that’s what we try to focus on. I will say that I don’t think they mover us cavalierly although it may seem that way. I think what they’re interested in, and we share that interest, is building the strongest network possible. If that means getting a foothold in other one-hour dramas, I think that’s what they’re interested in. We support that. I don’t like moving; I don’t like being on at 8 o’clock. I do want to be on a really strong network, so all of those things come into play.
Q: I understand that obviously tu want to make the best mostrar tu can, tu want to make it as creatively rewarding as possible, but it feels like a lot of people are genuinely concerned about the ratings this year. Your mostrar is obviously still doing very well, but in light of the strike and this splintering audience, are tu happy with the numbers so far this year?
K. Jacobs It’s so funny because I so try to be unaffected por the numbers because I’m not sure how it helps me do my job. I am discouraged por the fact that 8 o’clock offers fewer viewers. Do tu know what I mean? Certainly, we make the shows as good as we can to be seen por as large an audience as possible. I’m proud of how we’re doing dado the fact that we’re on at 8 o’clock when there are so few viewers, the fact that we’re still incredibly competitive and one of the parte superior, arriba shows dado the fact that there are fewer viewers at 8:00. I’m always reassured por our number between the 9:00 and 9:01 time slot that we’re on. They always air us to 9:01. Then, Fringe takes over the last 29 minutes. So, check that number out. It’s kind of impressive.
Q: I want to go back to House and Cuddy. How big a part of this is this going to be of the mostrar from here on out? Have tu thought about how risky this story is for you?
K. Jacobs Well, how big a part in terms of how much screen time? It’s pretty much going to fold in the way that all of our stories fold in, in terms of character and the narrative plot procedural aspect. Hopefully, we do the best job we can to have the patient-of-the-week, as it were, tie in and reveal in some way something thematically about our characters and give them the opportunity to reveal a character. So, it’s going to play very much in the way that we’ve done that in the past.
Q: Well, I took a encuesta in my office about people – do they like it? Don’t they like it? I’ve heard from some people who really don’t like it, don’t think that they’re right for each other.
K. Jacobs They may not be right for each other. First of all, I amor the fact that tu took a poll. Believe it o not, I amor the fact that some people like it and some people don’t because I think that’s what’s so interesting to us about the relationship is that I could, right now, make a case for it and make a case against it. That’s interesting to me. That’s actually real. That feels real to me, the fact that there are two sides.
Q: But this is going to go on for weeks, right?
K. Jacobs I don’t think that it will go on in a predictable, “Okay, now everything is shifting, and this is the story” kind of way. Hopefully, we explore it in a very House-ian way, which is, it’s there, and now, what do we do? But, don’t expect to see dates and they go to the movies. It’s not going to unfold like that. It’s going to unfold in a House-ian way. Is that okay?
Q: House-ian. Define that.
K. Jacobs I like to think that we take our own slant on the world. It’s usually a bit harsher o rough around the edges o spicier than most shows, but at the very same time, I think that gives us an opportunity to hit real sweetness and comedy. One of the things that I’m most proud of about the mostrar is that, if tu look at our one-hour drama in comparison to many other of the popular one-hour dramas, both on cable and on network TV, our actors are so completely gifted as dramatic actors and gifted as comedic actors, whether it’s Hugh o Robert o Lisa, they’re all seriously gifted comedic actors, so House-ian meaning hit it hard, but hit it funny at the same time and hit it sweet. The navidad episode really has a very satisfying surprise for Cuddy and House in a personal kind of way. I do not mean that they wind up embracing each other. It’s House-ian. It’s left of center.
Q: I’m going to pick (on this). Because I’m a girl I’m seeing this whole triángulo, triángulo de of amor for Hugh Laurie. So, let’s talk. If there was ever a character in televised history that needed to get bedded properly, it’s Dr. Gregory House.
K. Jacobs I’m with you.
Q: So, you’ve got Dr. Cameron who’s totally pining for him. You’ve got Cuddy. It seems that the chemistry is there regardless of what Hal’s co-workers say. The chemistry is there between him and Cuddy, not him and Cameron. Elaborate.
K. Jacobs I hope that there’s chemistry between House and Cuddy, House and Cameron, House and Wilson, House and Thirteen. I certainly hope we go for as much chemistry as possible. I think what it is, is House, as a character, has a hole, has an emptiness. What most of these women want to do is somehow see if they can ease his pain because everybody knows on the inside, o they think on the inside that there’s a lot of pain and if they can somehow be the one to make House smooth out those rough edges, wouldn’t it be sweet? It’s mostly going to be up to House. He could have a relationship with any one of them, but he’s got to be in the mind el espacio and be at a place where he’s ready to make himself vulnerable. I don’t see him as being at that place entirely at the moment. At times, we’ve seen glimpses of his getting closer. Tell me what más tu want.
Q: Technical question. I amor the work that Danielle Berman does, your set decorator. I was wondering if tu could talk about the unusual apoyar that she has to procure for your production, medical …
K. Jacobs First of all, I amor the fact that tu notice her work because she really is a gem and works so hard and is so good at her job. What we try to do, I remember in particular for some reason, this episode that we did where House goes into a second-hand store. It’s a scene between House and Wilson. What we try to do – she does it, I do it and when we’re at our best, everybody tries to do it, it’s sort of in the dressing of one of our sets if we know that House is going to be in that set, we try to give as many opportunities for House to do something that would come out of character and out of Hugh Laurie’s brilliant mind. So, for example, we don’t write in all of the toys that he may play with, right? But we dress sets to give Hugh opportunities in the exploration of the character to reveal things about the story through the apoyar we put around. He always does. It’s amazing. So, if we put a sculpture of a brain, o if we put lollipops – do tu know what I’m saying? The más we dress it, the más opportunities there are for Hugh to figure out a way, if he wants to, to incorporate them into his performance. Does that answer that question?
Q: I’m great. The cast of the mostrar seems like it’s gotten bigger and bigger. Is it a constant challenge to give everybody a little chance to be in each episode?
K. Jacobs Yes, it is a challenge. It’s something we really wanted to expand for our own stories and broaden out and do things a little differently, just to keep it fresh for ourselves, but absolutely you’re right. It is hard, and yet, I always find it satisfying when we’re able to do it because what I amor about what David apuntalar, costa has created is, every character, I feel has their specific point of view on the topic of conversation that we’re exploring that week. So, it’s hard to do, but very satisfying when we get to hear the different voices and different opinions – Kutner, Taub, Cameron, Chase – they all have different slants. The hostage episode that’s coming up reveals that, how they all feel about what House is doing inside while trying to get the gun away from the guy and treating the guy. So, yes, the answer is yes.
JQ: I know you’re directing that episode. How do tu approach directing? Do tu ever get surprised at what tu see from the director’s eye as opposed to the writer and producer eye?
K. Jacobs For me, it’s a total dream insofar as, as a producer, we’re always in a constant state of prepping, casting one episode, shooting at least one episode o picking up – we only shoot one at a time, but sometimes, we have to pick up other things and then we’re in post on at least three. So, that kind of juggling and having to división, split your mind in so many different directions and keep so much in your head is something, as a producer, that’s challenging with 24 episodes a year. As a director, it’s kind of the dream part about it. It’s an excuse. I’m forgiven for just focusing on one show. I really like the way that feels when I choose to do that.
Q: A couple of my preguntas have already been taken, but I wanted to ask – last night, I know tu were just talking about following up on the last question. tu were just talking about incorporating all of the characters that tu have. Cameron and Chase were sort of really heavy in last night’s episode, which I know a lot of the fans are excited about. How much más of them are we going to see?
K. Jacobs Well, this is kind of a trick pregunta because I know whatever I say that the fans are going to think that I made it up o am lying, so that’s kind of weird. I think it’s weird and great in a way because they want más of them. I want más of them. We are currently shooting episode – last night was #7. We are currently working on Episode #13. I don’t know the way the entire season is going to unfold o how much you’re going to see of anyone. They’re going to be woven in the way they are. I’m always happy, as is David Shore, when we get to focus on them because I’m really interested in their point of view. It’s kind of a hot topic because we want to see all of our characters. We never can give enough time el espacio to Hugh either because we want to see all of our characters and we want to see Hugh. So, it’s an embarrassment of riches.
Q: Exactly. When we talked right before the season started, tu were saying that, this year, maybe it would be más of incorporating everyone. Last year, because of the strike, tu guys had a limited amount of episodes. tu didn’t get to the point where Cameron and Chase were folded back in. I’m asking –
K. Jacobs I hope we’re doing a better job of that this season.
Q: I think tu are, but will we see más of the same as the episodes go on?
K. Jacobs I hope so. Initially, last season – I remember we did talk about this when we were repopulating with the “Survivor” game and who was going to be on House’s new team. It was hard to weave everybody in. I certainly hope we’re doing a better job of it now because that is our desire.
Q: Just a last thing: the whole arc with Cuddy and the baby was great. I want to know if we’re going to hear más about that as the season goes on. Will she still be thinking about the baby?
K. Jacobs Yes. I thought Lisa did such a beautiful job with her performance on that episode. That really is something that’s on Cuddy’s mind. So, tu will hear más about it.
Q: What was the decision behind using the walk-and-talk technique of filming in the show? tu guys call it pedi-conferencing, I guess.
K. Jacobs First of all, I’m phenomenally grateful for the fact that Hugh Laurie spans 6’2” and is taller than everybody else because it certainly makes those walk-and-talks pop in a way. It’s funny because one of the very first things before even the idea for the mostrar House came about, my partner, Paul Attanasio, and I were meeting with the different heads of networks and seeing what they wanted. Gail Berman, at the time, was at this network. She said, “I want a medical show, but I don’t want to see white coats going down the hallway.” That was one of the many scenes that contributed to the idea of House. When tu put a scene on the move, it’s a different way of creating an urgency and an intensity. I think that Hugh is so mesmerizing. Here he is with a cane and a limp; yet, he’s able to lead the charge. It was never a conscious decision. It was más of just a creative, “Oh, that seems right” kind of decision.
Q: We kind of talked a little bit already about the back and forth over the Cuddy/House kiss. How much do tu take into consideration what fans are saying online? Do tu read them? Do tu follow them?
K. Jacobs I will say that I used to because I care, but I stopped because I found that – this could be just my own personal shortcoming, but it felt to me like it wasn’t a productive part of the process for me that no matter how I tried to recognize what the issues that were important to them were, it didn’t feel like I was doing a satisfactory job. So, I have retreated. I care immensely about the fans. I think we have the most amazing fans. I don’t mind the controversy o the arguing between them, but at the same time, I think tu could lose yourself in trying to make too many people happy all at the same time.
Q: Got it. Also, just really quickly, can tu talk a little bit about the storyline right now, happening with Thirteen and her whole downward spiral? How are we going to continue to see that play out?
K. Jacobs She’s kind of at a spirally place, kind of lost all hope, and feels like since she’s been diagnosed with Huntington’s, and we know that to be a terminal illness, and she watched her mother die from Huntington’s, she’s kind of dado up. It’s one of the stories that is in “Last Resort” – the hostage-taker, played por Zeljko Ivanek, decides that every drug that Dr. House is going to try on him to see what’s wrong with him, he’s going to make somebody else take it first. That person has to take all the drugs to see how they interact together. Thirteen, as part of her spiral, volunteers for this. She thinks there’s no better candidate, since she’s sick anyway, to take all of these drugs. por the end of the hostage episode, she’s going to come to a very interesting, different place than we’ve seen her before, having gone to the very edge in this episode. So, we are going to deal with it. Then, it continues on, her Huntington’s and how her new point of view o new ideas about how she wants to deal with it – that’s a story line that we will carry on into the New Year.
I think Thirteen’s – the episode that started with her picking up a girl at a bar is – and tu just see them having sex after, the episode ends with her being in the same place. She’s just trying to lose herself, lose what’s ever-present on her mind, which is how am I going to deal with the fact that I have a terminal illness? So, she’s just looking to sex to numb her pain, which ultimately is not going to be that satisfying for her. She’s going to have to figure it out. The fact that it’s a woman in that episode – it’s not about that at the moment. That’s not what we’re exploring o talking about. We’re dealing with the character who wants to figure out how to numb her pain, and how to not deal, and how to go as far away from the reality of what’s going on as possible. So, she goes out at night. She uses sex as a way of trying to avoid. It’s not going to work ultimately. She’s going to have to deal with it.