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GL: We touched on John Doe, Smallville, Boston Public. Two years ago, we did LAX, and then finally got on House, which was, I think, our tenth show, and the first time we actually landed on a hit show. Which is a fantastic feeling -- to be doing something that's really so good, and to work with actors that are so good. It's delightful. SM: How did you move up to Executive Producer? GL: Generally, what happens is you start as a staff writer, which we did on Martial Law, and as you go through the business in successive years, you eventually get promoted to story editor, co-producer, producer, supervising producer, co-executive producer. When you're a staff writer, generally, you just kinda write your script, turn it in, and sit back and wait for your name to appear on TV and call your mom. It's a bit more of a grind, then, ultimately when you become creator and executive producer. You're responsible for every single script and basically turning in a fantastic episode every eight days. I think it's one of the greatest challenges there is in writing. SM: Do you have a personal favorite House episode? GL: My favorite episode is "Autopsy." SM: Very nice. GL: Larry Kaplow wrote that last year, and it won the Writer's Guild Award, and I think it was the episode we sent in to the Academy that ended up helping us get selected for an Emmy nomination. That episode was just so beautiful and just...um...it hit emotional places that it's so rare to be able to get to in forty-two minutes. I have others I like for different reasons, but that one, as a whole, kinda just blew me away when I saw it. SM: And that's the one with Elvis Costello at the end? GL: Right -- one of the producers, John Mankiewicz, was friendly with Elvis Costello and got him to cover the song. And it was just surreal to hear Elvis Costello cover a Christina Aguilera song. That and "Three Stories," which equally blew my mind. That one won the Emmy, so we're in some good company. David Shore has raised the bar incredibly high and challenged us all to come anywhere near it. That's the challenge every single week. SM: Now that David Shore has another show in development, how involved is he with House?