House Cancelled After Eight Seasons
The current eighth season of House will be its last. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox announced today that the Hugh Laurie medical drama House will be cancelled.
The network released the following statement from executive producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and Hugh Laurie:
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.
The statement goes on (read the full text here), and also thanks the audience for their “devotion and generosity.” It ends with the theme of the show: “Everybody Lies.”
Kevin Reilly, President of Fox, released his own statement: “For eight seasons, the entire HOUSE team has given us – and fans around the world – some of the most compelling characters and affecting stories ever seen on television. They have been creatively tenacious and collaborative throughout this incredible run, and they are amongst the most superior talents in the business. For all the above, we wholeheartedly thank them, and the fans who have supported the show.”
Will you miss House? I admit I stopped watching a season or two ago…but was completely addicted for several seasons in the middle. RIP!