Lisa Edelstein, the actress whose character has bickered with (and eventually hooked up with) Dr. House, will not be returning for the show's eighth -- and likely final -- season. Instead, we just learned she'll be headed to 'The Good Wife.'
We know Huddy fans don't want to think about it, but who could ever replace her? It's possible they could promote from within, but they probably don't want to ruin the team dynamic either. And if they bumped Wilson up to bossman status, that would certainly complicate his friendship with House even more.
So we've come up with a list of strong contenders ... all women, as it turns out, so I guess we like that sexual tension, too. I mean, someone's gonna have to be the soft feminine shoulder for House to cry on when his favorite sparring partner says goodbye, right?
We could definitely see this 'Friday Night Lights' bombshell more than holding her own with Hugh Laurie, and that's saying something. If 'House' is going to replace Cuddy with another female character, why not go with Palicki? She's available after that whole 'Wonder Woman' thing and we'd rather see her in a Princeton Plainsboro lab coat than wearing a badge in some bland cop procedural next season.
-- Mo Ryan
'The Chicago Code' reminded us what a talented, strong and devastatingly beautiful actress Beals is. We'd love to see her back on TV soon, and think she'd play the kind of boss that House would just love to mess with.
-- Maggie Furlong
And not just because her first name's Lisa -- promise. The former 'Friend' is hilarious, we know, but Kudrow's also a fantastic dramatic actress who could definitely go toe-to-toe with Hugh Laurie's cranky doctor.
-- Jean Bentley
In the perfect world, Laura Innes would join 'House' as her 'ER' character Dr. Weaver. But, that's a long-shot for sure, so I'd cast her as the new 'House' boss and have her play against type. Super nice, but with a flair for sass when it comes to dealing with Dr. House. Give her a secret or two and the show will be set.
-- Chris Harnick
During her stints on 'The Wire' and 'The Office,' Amy Ryan played tough but caring career women who dabbled in workplace romances ... paging Dr. Cuddy! Ryan as a replacement would all but guarantee more will they/won't they workplace tension with House.
-- Alex Moaba
We've seen the ever-sexy Tricia Helfer don the iconic red dress in 'Battlestar Galactica,' but maybe it's time she puts those authoritative good looks to work in a white doctor's coat. Wouldn't it be fun to have a youthful, attractive and unattainable woman tantalize House in the hospital hallways?
-- Chris Jancelewicz
Do you agree with our picks? Who would you like to see in the role?