September 15, 2010 / 10:23 PM / 9 years ago

"House" begins new season on romantic note

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The list of guest stars on “House” is growing as the Fox medical drama prepares to kick off its seventh season next Monday.

Dylan Baker (“The Good Wife”) and Amy Irving (“Alias”) have booked guest spots, executive producer Katie Jacobs told The Hollywood Reporter. Matthew Lillard and Jennifer Grey will also be appearing, she confirmed.

The big question when the show returns isn’t what the latest medical mystery will be, but whether House (Hugh Laurie) and Cuddy’s (Lisa Edelstein) new relationship will complicate matters. In the sixth-season finale, Cuddy declared her love for the former Vicodin-popping doctor after he witnessed a patient die when a crane collapsed.

“There (are) new reasons for them to be tense,” said Edelstein, who plays hospital head Lisa Cuddy. “All the things that make House who he is are not the things that are conducive to a great relationship. And she knows that.”

Things will get even more intense for the pair now that they are embarking on new ground.

“How do you resolve the fact that you’re in love with a guy who’s impossible?,” Edelstein said. “They struggle with all that stuff, but I think it’s very important to see House go through that struggle in the same way he struggled with drugs and the way he struggled with alcohol and his struggle with himself.”

Jacobs shared Edelstein’s sentiment, noting that the House-Cuddy dynamic will affect their relationship at work for obvious reasons. And House’s team will pick up on the pairing. (“Right away everyone’s going to know,” she said.)

“It’s a brand new take on the hospital for us because House and Cuddy work together,” Jacobs said. “He still has to go to her for permission to move in the hospital, to run certain tests, to take certain chances and when that person that you work for you’re sleeping with, you wonder if you’re making the same choices, so it’s fun. It’s unexplored territory.”

In the opening scene of the upcoming premiere, House and Cuddy find themselves in an intimate setting, and according to Jacobs, that was the plan all along.

“It’s certainly not the same as two people meeting at a bar and going home and having sex,” she said, adding that the writers “really wanted to pick it up right where (Season 6) left off.”

While Jacobs did not give details on when or how Thirteen (played by Olivia Wilde, who is currently shooting “Cowboys & Aliens”) returns into the fold, she said the character will be back this season.

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