'House' exclusive: Look who's returning!

house_lI had a feeling we hadn’t seen the last of this guy: Michael Weston is returning to House this fall as private eye Lucas Douglas, sources confirm to me exclusively.

We first met Lucas last fall when House hired him to tail his then-estranged BFF Wilson. After appearing in multiple episodes, the character abruptly disappeared without explanation. At the time, series creator David Shore said Lucas was brought in primarily to play off of House. “But once Wilson came back,” he added, “we didn’t dramatically have a need for him anymore.”

So what brings him back? A Fox rep declined to comment beyond confirming that Weston will appear in an episode that goes into production this week. Perhaps the PI becomes a patient? Or maybe House is finally getting down to the business of solving Kutner’s “murder”? I’m spitballing here people.

Weston’s return will no doubt trigger fresh speculation about the Lucas-centered spinoff that Shore and fellow exec producer Katie Jacobs had been toying with. The project never got off the ground, but Shore was quick to note that the decision not to move forward “had nothing to do with” Weston.

Happy to have Weston/Lucas back? Do you hope it’s for more than one episode? And what do you think brings him back? Sound off below!

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  • kb

    YES! this is fantastic! I don’t care why he’s coming back, I’m just glad that he is!

    • Angela

      I agree. I loved his character on House, he was a highlight in an otherwise pretty off season. And he was just brilliant this summer in an episode of Burn Notice — where it was funny that a actor named Michael Weston was starring opposite a fictional character named Michael Weston.

      • jenn

        I love him, too! He’s great in everything he does, specifically Six Feet Under, but his scenes with House were HIGH-larious!

      • ashlee

        I agree. Weston makes a very interesting dynamic and played off beautifully against Laurie.

  • Chase

    One can only hope this means good news for the spin-off. Even if it doesn’t, how cool would it be if Weston be as a recurring (or full-time) cast member. It could really open the show up to new areas. The last two seasons (finales excluded) have been a bit stale.

  • Kerry

    Awesome! I love Weston and can’t wait to see him back! :D

  • RikerDonegal

    VERY happy to have Weston/Lucas back. Maybe that spin-off might happen yet…

  • Nick

    Count me as thrilled that he’s back, whatever the capacity. He was a fresh character in a stale season. I was bothered by his abrupt disappearance but just a nip of expository dialogue and I’ll forgive all. I hope he can recur beyond a singular episode.

  • Sandra

    Cool, that’s a nice surprise, I liked the guy! And I like the theory about House wanting him to investigate on Kutner’s death, sounds like something House would do.

  • anon

    I really like Weston as a character actor, but I wasn’t entirely crazy about the Lucas character.

    Maybe he’ll be House’s latest “voice of his subconscious” hallucination? Though I always hope for Amber in that role since I love Anne Dudek in anything she does.

    • Em

      you even liked anne dudek in white chicks? jk. i love her, too.

      • anon

        Ok, anything I’ve seen her in then. Oh, I feel so sorry for her now that I know that White Chicks is on her resume.

  • Bethany

    Yay! I will actually watch now! I like Lucas way more than any of the new characters. I thought he was a fabulous addition.

  • AJ

    Happy? Try ecstatic! Love the character, love the actor. The more episodes he’ll be in, the better. It’ll be awesome to see him again.

  • Katy

    I’m so excited! He’s one of the most hilarious characters on the show.

  • Teja

    Yes! I love it! Weston/Lucas was/is amazing! Aaaa cant wait!

  • MsDaisy

    I actually enjoyed the interaction between House and the P.I. The P.I. pretty much figured House out without having years of tormented friendship between them, sort of like House and Wilson without all the angst.

  • Valerie

    I am happy to have Weston/Lucas back . . . I hope it’s for more than one episode. I really liked his character and the way he interacted (chemistry) with the other characters.

  • Bubbles

    Love it! The PI guy was one of the highlights from last season. I especially liked his chemistry with Cuddy. Maybe he and Cuddy hook up? Looking forward to it!

    • notatall

      It will be funny if House gets jelous but Cuddy belongs to House.

  • Ally

    I loved him!! I don’t care if he gets with Cuddy or if anything happens, he is such a great character and actor!

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