Attanasio, Jacobs speak at Museum of TV and Radio

“I wish I could pontificate on the state of television in today’s society, but I don’t know that. Instead, all I can do is come up here and tell you about how we make television,” Paul Attanasio told the crowd of industry folks Tuesday at the Museum of Television and Radio’s Industry Forum Luncheon, where he spoke alongside wife and “House” co-producer Katie Jacobs.

The duo went on to describe a working relationship in which Attanasio is the innovator and Jacobs is the executor.

“I thrive in the ‘lightbulb’ part of the process, when we’redeveloping ideas as to how the show will work – after the pilot, I typically become less involved,” said Attanasio.

As for Jacobs, her interests lie in the implementation process.

“What I love about TV is the opportunity to create characters, to watch them grow and to invite them into our homes every week. This aspect of TV gives the medium an intimate atmosphere.”

Attanasio and Jacobs wrapped up the afternoon by comparing the epic success of Fox’s “House” to their critically hailed, but commercially unsuccessful “Gideon’s Crossing.” Both dramas chronicle physicians with superior technical skill but sub-par bedside manner.

“On ‘Gideon’s Crossing, our attempt was to make every episode sing on its own. Each episode would screen beautifully, but it lacked the cohesiveness, the strong template, that makes viewers want to invite ‘House’ into their homes every week,” explained Jacobs.

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