House on TV3

8:30pm – Sunday, June 5 on TV 3

This week’s House sees Cuddy’s (Lisa Edelstein) anxiety about her relationship with House (Hugh Laurie) playing out in a series of fantasies – including a Hollywood Western scene – complete with House and Cuddy hitting the floor to an updated version of “Come On Get Happy” when the series continues its latest season on Sunday, June 5th at 8:30pm on 3.

The job of turning doctors into dancers in the dream sequence was a snap – or at least half the job was. “For Lisa, this was a dream come true,” says executive producer Greg Yaitanes. “She has experience as a dancer and singer and was willing and wonderful.”

As for Laurie; “Let’s just say he had to surrender to the idea,” Yaitanes explains. Fortunately, they had an inspiring coach. Mia Michaels, an Emmy-winning So You Think You Can Dance choreographer worked for days with Laurie and Edelstein for the dream sequence.

“The challenge was creating a movie-musical moment that stayed true to the dark, quirky, sarcastic nature of House’s character, but we did it,” Michaels explains.

Yaitanes, who directed the episode, says he contacted Michaels out of the blue. “So You Think You Can Dance is my dirty TV-watching secret,” he says. “Mia’s our generation’s Bob Fosse and I knew we had to have her. I just said, ‘Here’s the amount of time we have, so create a vision and a world’. She totally ran with it.” With a fog machine and several former So You Think You Can Dance dancers on set, Michaels soon had Laurie and Edelstein waltzing like pros. “It took Hugh a little while to feel comfortable,” Michaels says. “He’s a perfectionist like I am. At one point, after hours of me telling him to do this and not that, he said, ‘You know, a human brain can only process three directions at a time.’ Then we did another take and he completely nailed it.”

Make sure not to miss the results of this when House and Cuddy dance up a storm in House, screening on Sunday, June 5 th at 8:30pm on 3.

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