House: The Doctor is IN For Season 8

Don't worry, you have at least one more season to hope that Dr. House will see a patient who has the exact same fungal growth on his crotch, thus saving you a trip to a real doctor. Fox has renewed the medical drama House for an eighth season today, ending a contract stalemate between production house Universal Media Studios and the network.

Stars Hugh Laurie (Dr. Gregory House), Omar Epps (Dr. Eric Foreman), and Robert Sean Leonard (Dr. James Wilson) have all signed deals to return, and Lisa Edelstein (Dr. Lisa Cuddy) is expected to close her deal soon, according to Deadline Hollywood. Series creator David Shore is also working on a contract to return for season 8.

Leonard had expressed interest in leaving the show to pursue a Broadway career.

House, a Fox staple, had seen its future slightly clouded when Fox and Universal couldn't agree to licensing fee deals for the show. In short, Fox had wanted the fee lowered because of falling ratings, and Universal was searching for ways to cut the show's budget so it could still turn a profit. In the end, the two sides found some middle ground and everyone was happy (except for some of the actors, who reportedly took pay cuts).

With star Hugh Laurie under contract for only one more year and the show not packing the punch it did in its heyday, hot-air experts (like me!) believe the eighth season will be the show's last.

Fox yesterday renewed Family Guy and The Cleveland Show for additional seasons, last week renewed Bones, and had previously renewed Fringe.

How do you think House should end?

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