‘House’ Bulks Up With Five New Cast Members

Dr. Gregory House is about to have even more people to insult, as “House” adds five new additions to its cast next season.

In a statement to Access Hollywood, FOX announces that actors Kal Penn, Olivia Wilde, Peter Jacobson, Anne Dudek and Edi Gathegi will join the hit show’s cast when the series returns on September 25 at 9:00 PM (EST).

The five actors will appear in an undetermined number of episodes, playing candidates for a fellowship with the brilliant — and notoriously grumpy — diagnostician, Dr. House (Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie).

When the show left off in its third season finale, three of House’s staff had seemingly left him for good. Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps) left Princeton Plainsboro for fear of becoming too much like House; Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer) was fired over House’s claim that he’d learned all he was going to; and immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) resigned, feeling that House can get by fine without her.

While the three “House” regulars appear to be out of the picture, it may be premature to count them out just yet. Reports indicate that all three may return next season in different capacities.

Kal Penn is perhaps the most well known of the new bunch, having starred as Kumar Patel in “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” and as Lex Luthor’s flunky, Stanford, in “Superman Returns.”

Olivia Wilde has appeared as Alex Kelly on “The O.C.,” and also starred in this past season’s short-lived NBC series, “The Black Donnellys.”

Peter Jacobson can currently be seen in “Transformers,” and recently appeared on USA Network’s mini-series “The Starter Wife” with Debra Messing.

Anne Dudek’s screen credits include the Wayans Brothers comedy, “White Chicks,” and the ABC sitcom “Big Day.”

Edi Gathegi is a relative newcomer to TV audiences, but had guest appearances on the CW’s “Veronica Mars” and ABC Family’s “Lincoln Heights.”

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