Hugh Laurie to Hit Road for U.S. Tour in October; New Album, New Tour

  If any of you  Hugh Laurie (House) fans have seen in him concert, then you know how amazing he is live on stage. Laurie will be hitting the road in October to promote his second album, Didn’t It Rain out in the U.S. August 6. For more info, check out the official press release below:

Globally acclaimed recording artist, actor, and performer Hugh Laurie, has announced that he will hit the road for a U.S. tour in October performing in theaters across the country in support of his new album, Didn’t it Rain which will be released in the U.S. on Aug 6th.

Laurie will be joined by The Copper Bottom Band, which is David Piltch (bass), Vincent Henry (horns), Elizabeth Lea (trombone), Jean McClain (vocals), and Gaby Moreno (vocals) – and is completed byHerman Matthews (drums) and Mark Goldenberg (guitars).

Didn’t It Rain is Laurie’s second album and the follow-up to his celebrated 2011 debut album Let Them Talk, was a New Orleans blues driven celebration that included guest vocals from Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and Tom Jones. For Didn’t It Rain, Laurie follows the trajectory of the blues upstream and into the American heartland. It includes songs dating back to early pioneers W.C. Handy (“St Louis Blues”)and Jelly Roll Morton (“I Hate A Man Like You”) to more recent artists such as Dr. John (“Wild Honey”) and Alan Price of The Animals (“Changes”). Produced by  Let Them Talk producer Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg),  Didn’t It Rain was recorded at Ocean Way Studio in Los Angeles in January of this year.

On Aug 3rd, PBS will air “Live On The Queen Mary,” an intimate live performance by Laurie with the incomparable Copper Bottom Band filmed — as the title indicates — aboard the historical Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. The special includes songs from both Didn’t It Rain and Let Them Talk, along with the hilarious and charming repartee that only Laurie can deliver. It’s a great night of viewing so check your PBS listings for details. Click here to catch a glimpse.

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‘House’ Closes Its Doors: But How Did It End?

The Hugh Laurie -starring ‘House’ drew to a close last night (May 21, 2012), with many fearing that this most excellent of hospital dramas would have an ending as grim as much of its subject matter over the previous eight seasons. The penultimate episode had left off with Gregory House facing jail, whilst his soul mate Dr. James Wilson had less than five months to live after a battle with cancer. Not looking good then.

However, as E! Online reports, the writers behind the program gave us a darn fine twist and a happy ending after all, albeit a typical ‘House’-esque one which saw happiness found amidst a larger backdrop of probable doom. At first it seemed like House was dead, after being identified in a burning building and even having a funeral take place in his memory. It was all a ruse though! And as Wilson read out a touching eulogy for the doctor, he received a text telling him to shut up and calling him an idiot. Vintage House!

So, yeah, turns out that Laurie’s character had merely faked his own death, after first considering suicide, and sought to escape so that he could spend the last of Wilson’s days with him, rather than ending up in choky. Heart-warming. As such the final scene was of the pair riding off into the sunset on motorcycles, providing a wonderfully fitting end – and though House would surely be in a whole heap of trouble upon his return, that’s not for any of us to know about.

Fox’s House To Conclude This Week

Fox’s long-running medical drama “House” will come to close this week after eight seasons. The show is led by Hugh Laurie, who plays the harsh tongued Dr. Gregory House, and Laurie says he’s satisfied with the show’s success.

“I feel a huge satisfaction that we got to the end with our dignity intact,” he tells the Washington Post. “I never felt that we did anything that wasn’t true to the character or the show — like, ‘House gets a puppy.’ I think that’s quite an achievement.”

Laurie adds that the main character’s harsh personality was what ultimately set the show apart:

“Traditionally in an American drama, the damaged, sarcastic cynic would be a peripheral character,” Laurie adds. “To make someone so apparently jagged and unsympathetic into the central character was a very bold step. And so was clinging to that premise, never relenting to suggest that, underneath it all, he has a heart of gold. I’m not sure that House does have a heart of gold. He is on the side of the angels, but that doesn’t mean that he’s an angel.”

The show concludes with a one-hour retrospective on Monday at 8 p.m. followed immediately by the series finale.

Ashton Kutcher and Hugh Laurie Are Highest Paid Actors

House, M.D.: Season Two

Ashton Kutcher has joined Hugh Laurie as the highest paid actor on TV in America, according to a new magazine study.

Both stars will earn $700,000 per-episode for Two anda Half Men and House, respectively, when the two high-rated shows return to TV next month (Sep11), but Kutcher also reportedly has a deal in place, where he’ll profit further if his sitcom is a hit.

Kutcher is replacing fired Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men.

However, both actors’ 2011/2012 TV salaries won’t match Simon Cowell’s package when he kicks off his new X Factor show – the study, carried out by TV Guide magazine, suggests he’s on a whopping $75 million-per-year.

And the music mogul’s replacement on American Idol, Jennifer Lopez, has signed a new deal to return to the talent show reportedly worth $20 million (£12.5 million) for the second season.
Also among the big U.S. TV earners: chat show hosts David Letterman and Jay Leno bring in $28 million and $25 million annually, NCIS star Mark Harmon ($500,000 -12,500-per-episode), and Kutcher’s Two and a Half Men sidekick Jon Cryer ($600,000 -per-show).