Monday, January 16, 2006


Welcome, my fellow House fans, Housians, Ducklings, what have you,

You're probably looking at the title of this blog and thinking it's a mouthful of words and you're not quite sure what that means, and who is this new person we've never heard of? Never fear, before I get into anything substantive, I'm here to shed light on both those questions. In reverse order, but then again, I'm a little weird like that.

My name is Brittany, and I'm a senior sportswriter and analyst for eSports Media Group. I cover baseball, football and poker, and I was one of three candidates within the organization for ESPN's Dream Job, their competition to cast the next SportsCenter anchor. My main goal, however, is to be a professional television screenwriter. I've been obsessed with the media as far back as I can remember. I've written screenplays, a ton of teleplays, stageplays, radio name it and I've probably done it at some point. I've directed a handful of student films, and I started producing in 200o, when I was named a California Arts Scholar and awarded the Governor's Medallion, which is the highest arts honor available to a student in the state of California. What do I do? Promptly trip at my awards ceremony, in front of Samuel L. Jackson and national TV cameras.

Okay, so I'm not the most coordinated person in the world.

That aside, I'm a TV and film buff who spends too much time thinking on this kind of thing. My other major fandom is 24, though I am a student of Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night, The West Wing). Currently, I'm obsessed with the new Disney sports flick Glory Road, which I've seen three times in eight days, and if Josh Lucas doesn't win some sort of award, I will cry. I've read every book, transcript, shooting script I can get my hands on, and I've seen more movies by and involving more obscure people than you've probably ever heard of. I'm also a big fanfic writer. I spend about 80% of my day writing and roleplaying, and am in several House RPGs.

What all that means is I've been around the block a few times. I adore House, and I've been pleasantly fascinated by it ever since I was converted to it with "Control." Yet as I do with everything, I can't help but also analyze it from a writing and production standpoint, and compare it to other things I've watched, namely all the cop shows I'm addicted to (and all the medical shows that are my guilty pleasure). That's what this blog is going to be about. Observations from a professional writer and aspiring screenwriter about the behind-the-scenes aspects of the show and analyses and comparisons of it from all sorts of points of view. I hope it elucidates the show for you and maybe helps you watch it with a little additional information in your back pocket.

I'm always available for chat with fellow fans, so feel free to fire me an email anytime, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts and opinions with you. At least in the virtual world, I can't fall on my face in front of a major movie star.

Best of luck to Hugh at the Golden Globes! If there's any justice in the world, hopefully he'll win this time.

-- Brittany

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Welcome Brittany

The House MD Guide editors welcome Brittany's writings on "Medical Investigation: Analyzing House Through The Media Lens"