Lacey Rose interviewed House producers Katie Jacobs and David Shore (who also created the show) for Forbes:
As a broadcast storyteller, what’s the biggest challenge facing you today?
Shore: If you’re referring to broadcast, as opposed to cable, there’s obviously a difference, but I have very rarely felt hamstrung in my storytelling. We obviously can’t show nudity, we can’t curse and we have to have commercial breaks built into it, but the essentials of the story wouldn’t be any different anywhere else.
Jacobs: We don’t feel particularly restrained or hemmed in by being a network show in terms of the stories we want to do. Every season, we’ve managed to do a few episodes that really break the format of our show and the network has been incredibly supportive of that. I’d put those up against the shows I love on cable and I’d say they feel equally as innovative. The only thing I see as a pain is having to produce six acts each week. Really, I don’t see any other disadvantages; only huge advantages.
What are those huge advantages?
Jacobs: 20 million [viewers].
Shore: The advantage is broad-casting. We get a very large audience, and there’s no point in telling stories unless you’re telling it to people.
Jacobs: Historically speaking, regimes are made and remembered for the shows that they brought to the air. So we’re team players and we understand why we’re on at 8 p.m., but we could certainly be doing higher numbers if we weren’t on at 8 p.m. Having been on for awhile, what’s harder for us is that we don’t think we’re over and we want the same care and attention [as other shows get.] The fear is that the powers that be at both the studio and network are basically making their brand name by the new shows that they bring on. That’s the fear.
Is it the reality?
Jacobs: Well, I’m not going to piss off my bosses …