Creator of hit medical drama ‘House’ will give inside scoop at York

David Shore, creator and executive producer of the Emmy award-winning Fox TV series “House, M.D.”, will give the inside scoop on the show at a public lecture Monday, Nov. 8 in the Price Family Theatre in the Accolade East Building at York.

Shore will talk about the genesis of “House” and his work in developing, writing and executive-producing the hit medical drama. His presentation, illustrated with clips from the show, will take the form of a live interview conducted by York screenwriting Professor Howard Wiseman. Their conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Left: David Shore

The event, part of the Norman Jewison Series presented by the Department of Film in York’s Faculty of Fine Arts, will run from 7 to 8:30pm. Admission is free.

“We’re very excited to host the creator of one of the most watched TV shows in Canada for a guest lecture for our students and the community at large,” says Wiseman. “’House’ is a remarkable and compelling show, and from my conversations with David Shore, I know he’ll have some equally remarkable and compelling behind-the-scenes stories to share.”

Shore’s first-hand account promises to be both inspiring and illuminating, especially for aspiring screenwriters, directors and producers. “He’ll have valuable advice about breaking into the industry and the day-to-day workings of a hit TV series, especially from the writer’s and executive producer’s perspective,” says Wiseman.

“House, M.D.” is an innovative take on the medical drama. The villain is a medical malady and the hero is an irreverent, controversial doctor, who trusts no one – least of all his patients, and often not even himself. Now in its seventh season, the show has earned 23 Emmy award nominations and four wins, including for Shore Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. “House”, which also won the 2006 Humanitas Prize, airs on Global TV in Canada.

Right: Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House, from the hit medical drama “House, M.D.”. Photo courtesy of Fox TV.

Shore has worked on many of television’s most respected shows. He wrote episodes of “NYPD Blue” and “EZ Streets”, served as head writer and supervising producer on “Traders”, which he developed for Canadian television, wrote for “Due South” and was part of the writing team for the Emmy-winning first season of “The Practice”. He was twice nominated for an Emmy as a producer on “Law & Order”. He executive-produced both “Family Law” and “Hack” before creating “House”.

The Norman Jewison Series is named in honour of the Canadian film director and producer whose generous support has made this series possible. It brings distinguished Canadian and international filmmakers, screenwriters, film historians and theorists to York University to meet with students and to present and discuss their work in a public forum open to the wider community.