Could House Move From Fox to NBC?

... 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]


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Apr 14, 2011
meow indeed, can't wait for her return :)
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Apr 13, 2011
House on it's worst day is way better than 95% of shows on tv. That a no brainer. Fox would be 'dumb' to let them slip through their fingers.
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Apr 12, 2011
House on NBC isn't a good idea.
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Apr 11, 2011
and lovely Cheryl Cole also hit/attacked a bathroom attendant (and was convicted of such stuff, IIRC) or some such craziness... May or may not have been a "hate crime" but in any case Cole = crazed and talentless.
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Apr 10, 2011
For those lucky enough not to know, Cheryl (Tweedy) Cole is a talentless non-entity who was part of a girl group who won a previous "talent" show. She married a footballer to boost her status and won much sympathy in the tabloids when he "played away from home". Having her as a talent judge is like having a "Total Wipeout" winner put in charge of the Olympics.
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Apr 10, 2011
Clearly a potato gun and not a rocket launcher. I think it's funnier that way, anyway!
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Apr 10, 2011
I think NBC would be wise to put House on it's Fall schedule. Face it, most of the shows on FOX don't receive high ratings (Bones included). Perhaps NBC could slightly revamp the show and add some of the elements that made it great.
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Apr 10, 2011
"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] "

Stupid, the cast is tired... MTV could have saved money and viewers just going with a new cast in Jersey. ---

Be interesting to see NetFlix take the reins on Lights Out, they've got the Spacey show coming up and they'd likely get Lights at a bargain price.
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Apr 09, 2011
Somebody better save Lights Out!!! Lights Out is the kind of show that will only get more and more popular as it goes on. TV execs and audiences need to wise up!
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Apr 09, 2011
Sean Bean is already a hero. He was Boromir in LOTR, hello?// More jersey shore shows is atrocious news. I feel a chill in my very soul....
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Apr 09, 2011
The Ricky Gervais Show: one of the worst animated shows ever.
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Apr 09, 2011
Don't know who LA Ried is but if you don't know who Cheryl Cole is then you soon will my friend. If you think K-Bell is hot prepare for your eyes imminent meltdown.
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Apr 09, 2011
I thought House of Lies was picked up quite a while ago, no? Anyways, the two Showtime series look cool, if not just from their casting: Homeland (I'm a fan of Lewis, and Danes is cool too) and House of Lies (I like both Cheadle and Bell)
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Apr 09, 2011
I loved Lights Out but I also think it ended pretty strong. Can't really see where the story would go from there. Still hope the show makes a comeback though. Rocky style.
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Apr 09, 2011
lol @ Tim for not knowing Cheryl and besides the judges are a bonus but do NOY make the show, look at Kara in idol. Simon is great, i watche X factor for years now and simon knows what hes doing, America will love Cheryl, and Fergie might not be bad. Gloria? prefer not
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Apr 09, 2011
If House ended after this season, I wouldn't care, but what would be the downside to its moving to NBC? Depending on the scheduling (even at this point), it might conceivably have higher ratings than 90 percent of the shows on that network. I think the biggest loser in either scenario would be Fox, because House is probably its one remaining prestige show for people over 20.
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Apr 09, 2011
Cheryl is famous in Europe from Girls Aloud and X-Factor. I'm looking forward to X-Factor since its so different from American Idol. Alson, I hope House remains the same no matter what! Bring 13 back though. Masters creeps me out...
One final thought: Stop with the reality crap! Just give us good quality programming!
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Apr 09, 2011
What spinoffs of Jersey Shore, seriously ppl..great idea, NOT
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Apr 09, 2011
Don't get me wrong, I dislike all reality shows and X Factor is no exception. I have to say, however, that not knowing who Cheryl Cole is, is one thing - but Antonio "LA "Reid" is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American record executive, songwriter, and record producer. ... He doesn't need the gig and I can only assume he might accept the offer to increase his face recognition.
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Apr 09, 2011
agrees with teambff about the jersey shore spinoffs. and wow house is just going to hell in a hand basket. if it changed channels that would definitly be the end of the series
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Apr 09, 2011
I honestly don't care what channel House airs on as long as it gets a season 8. Its too late in the season to end now, there would be no closure. I would prefer if it stayed on FOX though.
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Apr 09, 2011
spinoffs of jersey shore? gotta be kidding me? as if one wasn't bad enough.
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Apr 09, 2011
The Jersey Shore cast in Italy? Now we'll get to see how much these people who call themselves "Italians" are actually Italian. I'm guessing they are pretty far off. Wherever to Italy they are heading, it's no Jersey Shore or Miami.
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Apr 09, 2011
I think House is done - the show was always a one-trick pony. And I have a harder time believing those people are doctors than I do believing the Grey's Anatomy people are.
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Apr 08, 2011
House needs to be put out of its misery. The quality has gone downhill since season five.
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Apr 08, 2011
I would rather House ended than move to NBC.
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Apr 08, 2011
How many films or tv shows are there called Missing? Answer: too many. And on the issue of House, it;s time that show finished. Surely there is nothing left to tell.
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Apr 08, 2011
I think they should cancel House so that Hugh Laurie could go back to comedy.
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Apr 08, 2011
Both Homeland and House of Lies sounds great, especially House of Lies. I'm crossing my fingers for Lights Out - that show is amazing and needs to be kept on air. Otherwise, me & Fox - we gon' have words.
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