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Published September 20, 2007 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of Fox.
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Fox waited until midsummer to confirm that Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer and Jennifer Morrison would indeed be coming back to House. The season finale left them all fired or quitting House's medical team. Luckily, the actors had some job security even back then.

The Fired Residents of House

"Yeah, they were very good to us," said Morrison. "They told us all that they wanted to talk to us over lunch one day, which does feel a little bit like being called into the principal's office. But they were fantastic and let us know what they were planning on doing."

There was still some anxiety though, as the writers had not decided that at some point, they would return in full capacity. "They didn't actually know though, did they?" revealed Spencer. "They told us that we were coming back but they didn't know at that time in what capacity we were actually going to come back. We are still not entirely sure. We know we are back."

Epps was confident that if he were really fired, it would have been way more dramatic. "People kind of know that the writers are smart enough that if they were to entertain us exiting the show, it wouldn't just be that splat, it's done," said Epps. "People are kind of chomping at the bit to see what's going to happen in this upcoming season, from people that have been coming up to me."

When the trio does regroup with House as a quartet, the actors look forward to a new dynamic to explore. "Obviously, because we are going back, I'm really excited about this season because we're not going back in the same capacity," said Spencer. "I don't know if things will ever be the same because I'm going to be moving into a different area and Jen is as well. The team is going to be different. That's going to change the energy and the chemistry of the entire show. It kind of feels like we've got a new show. It's a real new beginning so I'm very excited about it."

Meanwhile, back at the hospital, actors like Lisa Edelstein have no idea what's in store with subplots like her budding romance with Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard). "I wish I could tell you," Edelstein said. "They don't tell me anything. it's very frustrating because I'd like for somebody's love life in my awareness to be something that I knew something about the future of. You'd think since this one was actually written in advance, I would know something but not even in that case do I. They don't want us to get attached. They don't want to say, 'Hey, you are going to have a beautiful make out scene' and then it goes away and I'm like, 'Where's the make out scene? I've been practicing.'"

Expect at least Wilson and House's friendship to remain unchanged. "I don't really see what's so unattractive about House," said Leonard. "Maybe I've just been playing Wilson too long. He's extremely self-effacing, he's extremely funny, he's brilliant, he's scathingly honest, he's incredibly candid. What don’t' you like about him? I think he's extremely likeable. I'm not sure what people mean. He's shocking and he's bold and he can be unnerving but as a friend, I would seek out someone like that."

House returns to Fox this fall.

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