Is a happy House still a watchable House? The jury is still very much out where that's concerned. The decision to pair off House with Lisa Edelstein's Cuddy has seemed inevitable for a couple of years now, but one has to question if the core audience for the show signed up for a romantic comedy, which is what House is in danger of turning into. House and Cuddy got into a raging argument over advice to a patient's family in last week's episode, and it was a relief to see them fighting again.
This week (Fox, Monday 8 p.m.), House makes one of its occasional forays into Patient of the Week guest star territory, as Amy Irving plays House's favorite children's book author (no, I don't get it either), who suffers a seizure just before a suicide attempt. Once she's hospitalized, House tries some counterintuitive methods to get to the bottom of the seizure and the suicidal impulses. And on the personal side, House and Cuddy go on a double date with Wilson and his latest squeeze. Maybe this will be the start of the producers taking this relationship in an intriguing direction. We can hope.
Also this week:
Tuesday: Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC, 10 p.m.): The investigation into the death of a squatter starts simply enough, but leads to something bigger; also, a murdered teenager and his badly beaten father are found together. There's been some good acting here so far, but compared to the series that held down this time slot for a decade, NYPD Blue, it's not very distinctive.
Wednesday: Top Chef Just Desserts (Bravo, 10 p.m.): I had figured this to be a nondescript way to kill time between regular Top Chef seasons, but the levels of neurosis here are impressive indeed. Tonight, the chefs try their hands at flaming desserts. I'm not sure putting Seth in the same room with fire-starting materials is a wise idea.
Thursday: The Apprentice (NBC, 10 p.m.): This civilian version of the series hasn't caught on with viewers yet, but Trump has found some excellent trainwrecks for possible future employees. The teams are challenged to create an advertising video with the intention of having it go viral, but complications include a dental emergency and the use of violent imagery by one team.
Friday: Blue Bloods (CBS, 10 p.m.): The one network that still knows how to program Friday night seems to have another winner on its hands. The various branches of the Reagan family tree work to find a legal solution when the main suspect in a rape case turns out to be protected by diplomatic immunity.
Saturday: Saturday Night Live (NBC, 11:30 p.m.): Cheerio! Jane Lynch honed her live comedy and improv chops with Second City and as part of Christopher Guest's repertory company; now she brings those talents to SNL as a first time host. Bruno Mars will be the musical guest, assuming his recent arrest for cocaine possession doesn't interfere.
Sunday: Family Guy (Fox, 9 p.m.): Lois's mother asks for a divorce when she discovers husband Carter is having an affair. Carter is so chastened by this news that he throws himself completely into single life, and selects Peter to act as his wingman. Expect a sensitive and thought-provoking examination of the sex lives of the middle aged. Yeah, right.