House's Current Season Will Be Its Last

All season long, the prognosis has been "not good." With actor contracts expiring, production costs increasing, and the typical burnout long-running shows face, House has been on its last legs. And today, Fox, Fox president Kevin Reilly, and House executive producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs, and Hugh Laurie announced in a joint statement that the current season of the medical drama, its eighth, will be its last.

In the statement, they say (and I'm paraphrasing here) that it's better to go out before the tank completely runs dry rather than milk it until the show limps to the end. While some could argue that House has already passed the point of being able to continue with quality stories, you have to respect them for knowing that Season 9 would probably be a bad idea.

Here's the statement in its entirety:


After much deliberation, the producers of House M.D. have decided that this season of the show, the 8th, should be the last. By April this year they will have completed 177 episodes, which is about 175 more than anyone expected back in 2004.

The decision to end the show now, or ever, is a painful one, as it risks putting asunder hundreds of close friendships that have developed over the last eight years - but also because the show itself has been a source of great pride to everyone involved.

Since it began, House has aspired to offer a coherent and satisfying world in which everlasting human questions of ethics and emotion, logic and truth, could be examined, played out, and occasionally answered. This sounds like fancy talk, but it really isn’t. House has, in its time, intrigued audiences around the world in vast numbers, and has shown that there is a strong appetite for television drama that relies on more than prettiness or gun play.

But now that time is drawing to a close. The producers have always imagined House as an enigmatic creature; he should never be the last one to leave the party. How much better to disappear before the music stops, while there is still some promise and mystique in the air.

The producers can never sufficiently express their gratitude to the hundreds of dedicated artists and technicians who have given so generously of their energy and talent to make House the show it has been - and perhaps will continue to be for some time, on one cable network or another.

The makers of House would also like to thank Fox Broadcasting and Universal Television for supporting the show with patience, imagination and large quantities of good taste. The Studio-As-Evil-Adversary is one of the many clichés that House has managed to avoid, and for that the cast and crew are deeply grateful.

Lastly, the audience: some have come and some have gone, obviously. This is to be expected in the life of any show. But over the course of the last eight years, the producers of House have felt immensely honored to be the subject of such close attention by an intelligent, discriminating, humane and thoughtful - not to mention numerous - audience. Even the show's detractors have been flattering in their way. Making the show has felt like a lively and passionate discussion about as many different subjects as could possibly be raised in 177 hours. The devotion and generosity of our viewers has been marvelous to behold.

So, finally, everyone at House will bid farewell to the audience and to each other with more than a few tears, but also with a deep feeling of gratitude for the grand adventure they have been privileged to enjoy for the last eight years. If the show lives on somewhere, with somebody, as a fond memory, then that is a precious feat, of which we will always be proud.

Everybody Lies.



What do you think: Is now a good time to go out? Is it too soon? Or too late? Lupus?


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I Love House ....Hugh Laurie is an amazing actor
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Well tomorrow is the last "House". It would be so great if he or his bud goes out with a bang, maybe LUPUS? What will us people with lupus do now without the awareness "House" has given us? Sometimes, it IS lupus, lol. HUGS, Julie

ps the end of a wonderful show, I'll surely miss it
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though this season was dull.....but i will dearly miss house...especially chase and Hugh Laurie !!!
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Certanly,I'll cry during the last episode...

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It will be a long time before a tv show will ever be as enjoyable as "House". Will really miss being a part of Greg Houses world.
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sad to hear the news.. I will surely miss the show.. T_T
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This is well understandable but.... I will miss House but I hope I will be seeing Hugh Laurie in new show pretty soon, really great actor.
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I am stunned by this news. House is one of the few high-quality shows left for us on TV, and now it's disappearing. Surely there is something that can be done to save it?
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Nooooo!!!! Not my favorite show!!!! There will be nothing to watch next season. I'm gonna go ahead and predict that House will die of lupus in the last episode. How's that for irony?
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i have been watching house for all 8 season , i have watched the relationships progress and seen how far each character has came. ive been dissapointed with some episodes and some ive been happy with but no matter what i never left the show and after a while i started to be able to predict character behavior in the show, i watched re runs 50 times and say .."thats some bad hat harry" at the end of each show, i have to say i am totally pissed that this show is ending.. i felt like i knew these people and i grew to know everything about the show... i remember when house use to come on tuesdays, and when the super bowl or nascar played over house and i would sit there and wait for house to come on cussing fox out for not p;aying house on time. this is killing me that there ending house. i dont care if hugh laurie is 80 years old they better act and sign contracts until they die. i cried literal tears. ive been watching since i was in middle school.. i graduated highschool ..im gonna miss house..you better believe im gonna buy all the seasons even if it cost 1 million bucks
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House you will be missed
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definitely Lupus
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I watch limited TV and while I only began watching three years ago and quickly caught up from the beginning, it was and is one of my favorites. I will really miss this show.
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this is one of the 2 shows that i watch on tv...im very sadden to see it go.... Hugh Laurie is the best Dr. House there could have ever been... gonna miss his sarcastic sexy attitude ... please get another show soon!!!
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I was there from the beginning and I'll be there till the end. Hate to see it go but it is time, i hope it goes out in a good way and leaves room for a movie or two.
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I have watched House for many years. To say the least, I am extremely impressed with the "plots", the research, the details with the characters and the eventual arrival of the diagnosis. I know that parts of the episodes are "Hollywoodized', however, I have never been intrigued by a show. Although in it's beginning, the show drew me in more so than recent, I am still entrapped by each new episode. Even comparing it to some of my other favorite shows of the past, by far has surpassed my expectations. Thank you all to the cast, the crew, and all that made the last 8 years of my life, "House". I will truly miss this, but will never forget it.
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Nice
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love the show - it will be missed
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Good, the show isn't good this season.

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I agree that House has run its course, but I really don't get people who say 'good riddance', as if they're being forced to watch or something? Just stop watching it and let everyone else enjoy it till the end!



I do hope Hugh Laurie gets another decent role soon though. Legend.
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Greg House one of the greatest doctors of our time. I will truly be sorry to see him go but not his writers. They needed House to diagnose them. Which is always the problem when a show goes under they forgot the main premise an egotistical man who was a great diagnostic doctor. Who had his quirks who doesn't. They got away from that and we lost a great show.

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Ah well. He was always trolling his patients, and for that we, the internets, will salute him!
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Loved and still love the show and its main character. if some episodes (or even one out 8 seasons) was average, some episodes were worthy of an Academy award (ex. s01e01-02 the mental hospital). so i couldn't think of a waste-of-my-time-episode. with such an intense character, there is only so far you could go. Think about an 8th batman movie by Nolan ?

after 3 deserts, the 4th just has no taste...



unless !

you take a small step back. be thankful for what you have been offered, then come back for a new desert :

this one is related to the origins of House.

not many episodes, only 6 were made.

but they are amazing.



its called Sherlock !
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After a promising few seasons House hase, at least to myself, become one of the most irritating characters on TV. Glad to see it finally going off the air.
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House is one of my favorite shows and, even though it hasn't been the same lately, I will always remember it and enjoy watching some random episodes over and over. House is awesome, but sometimes we must know when it is time to stop. Thanks for all of those who let this amazing show come true!
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I always DVR and catch it, which is often the only way I know it's on. It had too many long breaks between episodes. It was a great show, but they bogged it down lately with too much personal lives time. I don't care about Taub's kids; I care about who might have lupus this week.
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A decision long overdue. It had some novelty value at first, but the whole grumpy cynic thing got old really, really fast. I say: good riddance.
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House is one of the shows that undoubtedly marked TV during the past decade. It absolutely changed the way medical (or any other) dramas were filmed and showed that an eccentric, anti-social, cynic, "anti-heroic hero" can attract the audience and stand out just as well (or even better!) as George Clooney in ER. The glory of course goes above all, I would dare say, to the amazing Hugh Laurie who is the one that formed the character of House giving more than a bit of his own (british)character to the amazing doctor.

But everything has its rise and its fall. And House experienced an amazing period of rising and rising for 6 and a half years at least as I see it. In my opinion,the seventh season ought to have been its last as it seems now. It's good though that the show ends even now because it still holds some standards. Because everything has to end some time.

My only hope is that it will have an ending suitable to itself. The show alone allows us to demand that. It shall end with an episode to remember, such as several previous eps of House were!

All I have left to say now is the greatest THANK YOU to everyone who played a role in the making of House through the last 7 and a half years!

And to those who don't want the show to end:I completely understand your feelings but I'm sorry: "...like the philosopher Jagger once said, 'You can't always get what you want.'" (House-episode 1-01)!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)
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chau house
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BEST NEWS EVER!!
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PLEASE DON'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't do it... Call it over reacting all you want but this show has changed my life.

I would gladly live off scraps using my every paycheck to fund the establishment if it meant

making another season and i'd be lying if i said i'd be satisfied with that alone.

What is wrong with the world? Is there no petition we can sign? Something?

Its sad to see everyone so okay with this. A few people feel the same but we matter not.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO is right retroman77, No is right.
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Congrats to all who made this show posible. One of the best

Congrats Hugh , i still got posters of you from when since i wanted to be a med student . Your potrail of House was above perfection. Congrats Again.

Chears
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This is long overdue, IMO. I enjoyed it immensely in its early years but I'm still watching it now only out of inertia.



Congratulations to all, especially Hugh (whom I've always loved), for creating such an imminently memorable character, but it's way past time to put this show out to pasture.

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I have to disagree. The show has changed, and change always means something will be missed. I can not agree that it is not as good
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Good. No offense, as I've been a House fan since the beginning, but the last couple of seasons, and this one in particular, have sucked.... big time. Now that they've decided it'll be the end of the show I predict the remaining episodes, if not already decided, will be focused on said end, and we'll get some quality stories instead of the same crap we've been getting recently.



I hope Hugh Laurie in particular moves on to other shows (though admittedly it'll be hard to see him in something else and not think 'House'), as he's an amazing actor.
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Another of the old faithfuls end while they shower us with unmentionable bad new shows.
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Ok, the show might as well end but House doesn't have to die. Wtf ?
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I want to believe them but everybody lies. Great show.
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Every show dies.
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Except Dr. Who.
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+1...
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The show is old, so I think the decision makes sense. If only this could help Fringe.
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Haven't really watched the show since season 6... And with Cuddy gone, I didn't expect the show to last much longer
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Although it's felt like a long time coming, this season really doesn't seem like the one to go out on. Everything is in transition, it's hard to feel like there's a value in closure with so many oddities still working themselves into cohesion. Foreman still doesn't feel like a story line that feels "whole", nor does House on the line, and now Chase's realizations and House's realizations, it's hard to see how they can wrap up everything in a satisfying manner.
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Hugh Laurie is awesome, will miss House,but theres always re-runs! =]
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I thought it had already been decided this would be the last season anyways. I love House. LOVE Hugh Laurie, they've had a great run it's been a fantastic show, but it's no secret even to it's massive fanbase that the show has run it's course and overstayed it's welcome so to speak. It's going to be bittersweet seeing tv's best curmudgeon since Archie Bunker go...but go he must.
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I totally agree with tinka023 here. House is a great show. I always enjoyed it and I will most definitely miss it but it has run it's course. It's time to start packing and go out while it is still a good show. Thanks to the producers, actors and Fox for giving us this great piece of TV. This show will be remembered for a long time.
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i love the show and Fox do cancel a LOT of shows pre-maturely but i think its time to go. i just hope they give it a good ending.
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This is my favorite show on TV but that being said I'm glad they are ending it before things go any more wacky. I also feel Season 4 was the last amazing season but at least Season 6 was pretty good. Season's 5 and 7 pretty much sucked and this year hasn't been bad but also nothing extraordinary. I will definitely miss the House character and Hugh Laurie's brilliant performances. He truly brought that character to life.



Also, I think this show's week-to-week character study into the psychology behind people's thoughts and actions were my favorite part. It often extended to the doctors and really that's what I loved. My favorite episodes weren't the ones with the most tense medical problems but rather the most tense psychological ones like in the fantastic Season 3 episode 'One Day, One Room'. Also, the 2-part finale to Season 4 remains the best season finale I've ever seen and probably the best episode I've ever seen.
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Please FOX at leat put back FRINGE on monday slot

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THAT WOULD BE THE BEST IDEA EVER!!
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Only not... I love Fringe but it'll never get it's viewers back. Fox messed it up with putting it behind that horrible Bones show. It should've stayed behind House from the beginning. It couldn't pull good enough ratings on Monday. Heck, it's barely pulling anything decent on Fridays.
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THere, at least Hugh Laurie has options after this season...
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House should have ended with the last episode of season 6, that would have been a great way to end a great show.
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