- Quotes and information below are from various articles
- From Variety.com: "Germs, jerks infiltrate primetime"
By DAVID MERMELSTEIN, Wed., Jun. 15, 2005
David Shore said the following:
- Paul Attanasia got the idea for the show from reading the Diagnosis column in the New York Times Magazine.
- David Shore decided to model the series on Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.
- The name Dr. Gregory House is "a phonetic homage" and Shore further points out that the name Dr. James Wilson is very similar to Dr. John Watson.
- And Shore says that the central theme is "What are people hiding either knowingly or unknowingly? The diagnosis always has to do with the flaws and foibles of the person House is treating. We deal with various issues, but there are common themes, like results vs. intentions and rationality vs. emotions."
- Shore also says, "It's a funny show in many ways.... It's not just earnest."
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Note: We learned about this article through a post by "deekay" on the Television Without Pity Forum
- From Writers Guild of America: an interview (excerpts) Written by Dylan Callaghan
- Quotes from David Shore:
- "Paul (Attanasio, co-executive producer) came up with this medical idea that was like a cop procedural. The suspects were the germs."
- "...I quickly began to realize that we needed that character element...."
- "On a more philosophical level, it asks the question: What's more important --Kindness or Truth?"
- "We're looking to create the same thing that most shows are: drama and an opportunity for people to examine various ethical issues...."