Hugh Laurie is eying a return to TV, but there won't be a stethoscope involved. The former "House" star is in talks to play the infamous pirate Blackbeard on NBC's "Crossbones."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Laurie is in talks to star in the 10-episode series based on Colin Woodard's "The Republic of Pirates." Set in the 1700s, the drama hails from "Luther" creator Neil Cross, who will write and executive produce with Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold.
Laurie spent eight years as the cantankerous titular character on Fox's "House." As the show looked like it was coming to an end, Laurie said he was done with series TV after wrapping his tenure on the medical drama.
"I think I have been rather spoiled here," he said. "I can't imagine there will be another one quite like this. ... I wouldn't go looking for lightning to strike twice."
Laurie's involvement with "Crossbones" is not yet official.
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There will be another "Office" reunion on "The Mindy Project." Ellie Kemper will guest star in the Fox comedy's Christmas episode opposite former co-star Mindy Kaling. [TVLine]
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