- - Thursday, May 19, 2011

'House' actress Edelstein leaving Fox drama

Lisa Edelstein is checking out of Fox TV’s “House.” In a statement Tuesday, the actress said she is leaving the medical series after seven years playing Dr. Lisa Cuddy, according to the Associated Press.

The decision followed much consideration and brings mixed feelings, Miss Edelstein said: She is disappointed at leaving a character she loved playing but is excited about the opportunities in acting and producing that are ahead.

Miss Edelstein didn’t offer details on her plans.

“House” stars Hugh Laurie in the title role of a cranky but brilliant doctor. He and Miss Edelstein’s Cuddy, a hospital administrator, explored a relationship this season.

“House” will return in the fall at 9 p.m. Mondays, Fox announced this week.

Rosie Perez sues ‘Law & Order’ producers

Academy Award-nominated actress Rosie Perez is suing the producers of television’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” claiming she was injured during the filming of a 2009 episode in New York City, the Associated Press reports.

Miss Perez says in the lawsuit, filed Wednesday, that she was “recklessly pulled, grabbed, yanked, wrenched and/or manhandled” during filming of the “Hardwired” episode on Sept. 9, 2009.

Her attorney, Brian O’Dwyer, told the New York Daily News that his client is suffering severe pain and has numbness in her arms. He said she has been out of work for about a year.

The lawsuit names the producers of the show, which is broadcast on NBC. Representatives for the network and the show did not immediately respond to email requests for comment.

Drug overdose leaves ‘Taxi’s‘ Conaway in coma

Jeff Conaway’s manager says the former star of “Taxi” and “Grease” is in a coma following a drug overdose, possibly from pain pills, the Associated Press reports.

Manager Phil Brock said the 60-year-old actor was found unconscious on May 11. Mr. Brock said Mr. Conaway is in a coma in an Encino, Calif., hospital and his recovery is uncertain.

As part of the reality show “Celebrity Rehab” in 2008, Mr. Conaway discussed his addiction to drugs and alcohol. His manager described Mr. Conaway as a “gentle soul” but one who has been unable to “exorcize his demons.”

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