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Could House Move From Fox to NBC?

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... The doctor, and everyone else, may be out. Fox is reportedly in danger of losing its hit medical drama House due to sticky contract negotiations, but this time, the actors aren't what's holding things up. House is owned by NBCUniversal but aired by Fox, and the two sides are at odds over who's paying for a potential Season 8. NBCU wants to keep things as is, which sees Fox paying for production and giving NBCU a licensing fee. Fox is asking for a reduction in expenditures because of cast members' increasing salaries and the show's decreasing total audience. If the two sides don't reach an agreement, NBCU could opt to keep the show in the family and hand over the broadcast rights to NBC. House on NBC? *shudder* [Variety]

... British funny guy and impromptu awards-show Roast Master Ricky Gervais will continue to verbally destroy his pinhead friend Karl Pilkington on HBO. The premium cable channel has renewed podcast-to-cartoon comedy The Ricky Gervais Show for a third season, ensuring that Gervais' hyena-like laughter will continue to reverberate through our brains until it hits just the right frequency that our heads explode. [HBO via press release]

... FX's Lights Out was laid out on the canvas by the network last month due to poor ratings. But as is the case with most shows canceled before their time, there is hope that another network will come along and rescue it. Showrunner Warren Leight is pitching the show to networks like Showtime and DirecTV, and has found "maybe kind of interest." Just like I "maybe kind of am dating Alison Brie." Despite success stories such as Southland, I think the saving shows culture is on its way out, so don't get your hopes up. [THR]

... Actor Sean Bean, soon to be the hero of nerds everywhere as Eddard Stark in HBO's Game of Thrones, will co-star opposite Ashley Judd in HBO's suspense drama Missing. The show follows a mom who hunts down her disappeared son in Italy; Bean would play the husband. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Bravo has officially canceled The Real Housewives of D.C.. I like to think the reason is that Bravo woke up this morning, looked in the mirror, and was very disappointed in itself for greenlighting such trash in the first place. [Washington Post]

... The cast negotiations that were holding up the fourth season of Jersey Shore have been resolved, meaning the entire cast has signed on and they'll all be heading to Italy soon. Text "GTL" to 90999 to donate to Italy's disaster relief fund. [TMZ]

... MTV has ordered two Jersey Shore spin-offs, one featuring the antics of J-Woww and Snooki when they're not filming JS, and one following Pauly D as he DJs at Rhode Island's single hot spot. [US]

... Showtime has picked up two shows to series! Homeland stars Claire Danes as a CIA agent who wonders if a decorated POW (Damian Lewis) who's returned to American soil is actually a sleeper agent. House of Lies stars Don Cheadle as a consultant who will use any tactic to accomplish the tasks set by his clients. And it stars Kristen Bell. Meow! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Simon Cowell continues to hunt for more judges for his upcoming overblown Fox talent show The X Factor, and after grabbing Cheryl Cole (who?) and L.A. Reid (who?) to fill two of the spots, he's going a little more big-name with the next one: Cowell is talking with Black Eyed Peas monster singer Fergie about filling the final slot. Also in the running is Gloria Estefan. Anyone else think this choice of judges is a bad omen for the show? [EW]

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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