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Fox’s “House” ending eight-year run in May

Hugh Laurie was nominated several times as best actor but never won. CREDIT: Fox

Hugh Laurie was nominated several times as best actor but never won. CREDIT: Fox

Fox’s first successful medical drama “House,” which introduced us to the ultimate curmudgeon in Dr. Gregory House, is ending its eight-year run this May.

The show sent out a mass email to the press a few minutes ago.

In part, here’s the mass statement from the executive producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and the star of the show 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.

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.

Ratings peaked season three with nearly 20 million viewers a week. By last season, average ratings had slipped to 10 million for the first airing. And with Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) gone this year, ratings have fallen even more with the show drawing 7 to 8 million viewers live, closer to 10 million after DVR use is included.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

59 comments Add your comment

wmac

February 8th, 2012
6:58 pm

my first, first

shotgunfun101

February 8th, 2012
7:05 pm

Maybe it isn’t true. Everbody lies, you know.

Para Med

February 8th, 2012
7:09 pm

Show seemed adrift after “Cutty” departure. Also, “House” did not seem a dynamic character. Did he ever change or evolve? I tell you what would be an interesting Ph.d. dissertation: Trace the development of American medicine and American’s relationship to their doctor as reflected in such TV doctors as Dr. Welby M.D., Dr. Ben Casey, The Docs on St. Elsewhere, E.R. and House. Just a hint: They have moved from “healers” to technicians.

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CKT

February 8th, 2012
7:33 pm

“House” was steadily going downhill since Cutty and House got together. This season has been an absolute disaster. I still like to watch re-runs of the early years. A GREAT show.

Eric

February 8th, 2012
7:35 pm

I remember reading a TV Guide article a while back about the state of prime-time dramas… FOX was considering ending ‘House’. There’s speculation about the future of ABC medical drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy’… as well as speculation about the ‘CSI’ franchise on CBS… and the ‘Law & Order’ franchise on NBC.

Law & Order: We saw the short-lived ‘Crime & Punishment’… as well as the unsuccessful spin-offs ‘Trial By Jury’ and ‘LA’… the departures of the original ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Criminal Intent’ ending in 2010 and 2011, respectively… and ‘SVU’ is still airing.

CSI: It’s possible that CBS could and might be considering ending the ‘NY’ spin-off… not sure if CBS is looking at ending the original ‘CSI’ (set in Las Vegas)… ‘Miami’ spin-off seems to be doing good… not sure if another spin-off is being planned or not.

TV Guide followed up the article about a possible drama drought on the horizon… comedy making a big come-back. New shows… ‘New Girl’ (FOX), ‘2 Broke Girls’ (CBS), ‘Last Man Standing’ (ABC), ‘Whitney’ and ‘Up All Night’ (both on NBC) seem to be doing quite well. I take it that the jury is still out on ‘Are You There Chelsea?’ (NBC) and ‘I Hate My Teenage Daughter’ (FOX). ‘Free Agents’ (NBC), ‘Work It’ (ABC), and ‘How To Be A Gentleman’ (CBS) got axed during the 2011-2012 season. ABC is bringing back ‘Cougar Town’… NBC has yet to bring back ‘Community’.

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Stuart

February 8th, 2012
8:10 pm

Too bad about House but they get out while it is still a viable show. I am wondering about CSI in Vegas since they have had the casting changes. Ted Danson really doesn’t belong on there. The rest of the CSI show are still good.

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Carol Ann

February 8th, 2012
8:34 pm

Sadly I’ve just discovered this amazing show. I have been watching all of the old episodes. I saw the episode Monday and it was so dark.

Steveo

February 8th, 2012
8:35 pm

12th…12th! I’m so excited. Great show for a few years. Not getting out on the top but good time to pull the plug.

Uncle Thomas

February 8th, 2012
8:54 pm

Yes! Desperate Housewives next!

Will Jones

February 8th, 2012
8:55 pm

It would have been nice had the writers – whose work over the years was more often than not inspired – enabled House to evolve, or transform himself, into a complete and fulfilled man before ending the show.

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linda

February 8th, 2012
9:06 pm

Oh ACK!! I knew this was coming, I knew it! My favorite show! I am so BUMMED!…….

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brk

February 8th, 2012
9:58 pm

finally that show will be off the air now if Desperant housewifes will go & a few others maybe tv will be better

Rodney Ho

February 8th, 2012
10:00 pm

@brk “Desperate Housewives” is ending this May as well after nine seasons.

dyslexicbunny

February 8th, 2012
11:34 pm

My favorite episode of House remains Three Stories.

julia

February 8th, 2012
11:41 pm

BOO! I love this show!

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Marie

February 9th, 2012
2:22 am

No surprise here as Greg Laurie has been hinting for quite a while that he was ready to end this show. His family still lives in the Old Country and the commuting and time away for them was beginning to grate on him.

In my opinion, House is the best medical drama in the history of television — every character of that show was just perfectly cast. However, I have to agree with another respondant that scripting House and Cuddy into a relationship was just a huge mistake for this show..

My absolute favorite episode that I will watch over and over and over again is “Esther and the 6-Year Old”. Classic!!!!

Marie

February 9th, 2012
2:22 am

Sorry House’s real name is Hugh Laurie not Greg.

Roadrunner

February 9th, 2012
3:37 am

This is bad news, that’s one more slot for a singing/talent show or maybe a reality show with torches & cool stuff like that!!!

Marshall Givens

February 9th, 2012
6:36 am

Ending House was WAY overdue. It got boring three years ago. Also time to pull the plug on CSI. They should have ended it when Grissom left.

If you want GOOD, smart drama go find Justified. Very well written and acted. Puts most of the drivel on broadcast TV to shame.

Billy

February 9th, 2012
7:22 am

We need more NCIS type shows. 70s television, even with only 10 channels, dwarfs what’s out there now, in terms of quaility. Hulu and streaming TV will cause the demise of Cable and Satellite, because it’s a rip off.
I didn’t like House, but apparently many on this thread did.
Thank goodness for NCIS reruns–hardly anything to watch on TV these days that’s interesting or entertaining…

Tiger Woods

February 9th, 2012
7:32 am

There are good shows are TNT and FX

A good show on TNT is Southland
Of course The Walking Dead comes back on Sunday

Blazerfan

February 9th, 2012
7:37 am

House has been a great show, and I have to agree that the downward spiral started when Cuddy and House started their sexual relationship. This is still my second favorite show on tv at this time, with NCIS being #1. It is probably a good time to end it while still somewhat popular.

Highlander

February 9th, 2012
8:02 am

This is a great TV show but the writers have been working sub-stories that have been darker and darker. It’s still one of the best scripted dramas on TV. (Along with Dexter, Justified and Blue Bloods.)

Re: NCIS, meh! I’ve seen a few of them that have the “NCIS” team involved in situations they would have no jurisdiction in or over. And so many of the plots are recycled from every other “cop” show that the ending is predictable.

Bill

February 9th, 2012
8:07 am

This show had run its course a while back. However, I cannot wait to see what Hugh Laurie does next.

gatorsc1

February 9th, 2012
8:26 am

Its called jumping the shark. Cuddy and House.

mistermak

February 9th, 2012
8:41 am

I for one am sorry to see it go. The wife and I have watched every episode and have loved it. I think people are wrong to say it has gone down hill since Cutty left the show. Just because you can’t look at her cleavage anymore doesn’t take away from the show. To me this season has been just as good as the rest. Now I will have no reason to watch Fox, as I don’t and have never watched any of those stupid reality shows or the even more stupid so called talent shows. And by the way how do they know for sure how many millions of people are watching the show. Are they in our living rooms? That is a scary thought!

Vladimir Sonovabitch

February 9th, 2012
9:03 am

I switched my medical drama from House to Royal Pains on USA. Brilliant show.

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February 9th, 2012
10:20 am

Thanks for the good years House. We will miss you!

Jere

February 9th, 2012
10:28 am

I enjoyed House but quit watching when he started taking the drugs again. That was their “go to” story line every time things slowed down. It was boring.

I think CSI Vegas is better than ever with Ted Danson. I had stopped watching that bcs of boredom too but never took it off my TiVo. Watched all of the new fall episodes over the holidays and I think it’s better than ever — I always thought Grissom was creepy. Anyway, I’m back on board with CSI Vegas

Marlo's new name...

February 9th, 2012
11:07 am

Good riddance. I never watched a single epidsode. Hugh Laurie looked too creepy for me to stomach!

Vast Wastrel

February 9th, 2012
11:39 am

For the most part I prefer my tv scripted with card carrying actors. The quality of most in recent years has been spotty primarily due to poor writing and House avoided this longer than most with the assist of some great players too. This isn’t a real surprise as Hugh Laurie is in the final year of his contract and other major players already gone but it was fun while it lasted.

And Rodney, you cut off the end of the press release as it continued with more plaudits for all but as it had to, it ended with “Everybody Lies”.

Rickster

February 9th, 2012
12:29 pm

Wow – 177 episodes… and I missed every single one.

At least I’m consistent!

Oh No

February 9th, 2012
12:31 pm

First 24, Now House!!
Oh no. Alcatraz just can’t compete. The first episode of Touch was pretty decent. I did not like House and Cuddy getting together. It did to House what Daphney and Niles getting together did to Fraiser–that is to say, completely dissolved the tension that was a necessary component of the show. I’m glad they haven’t turned him into a wussy. I’m glad to see a character on television who demonstrates how enormously gifted people can be flawed in character. Oh well, can Alcatraz step its game up?

Grey’s Anatomy should have been gone. It jumped the shark some time ago when Izzy was seeing Denny. It fell prey to the fans cries of “why did you kill so and so off the show?” and tried to appease those that can’t be pleased. How many crises can one hospital have and still have people go there? I couldn’t stand Desperate Housewives after Episode 3 Season 1. The people I know who still watch that trash are suspect anyway. Oh well, again, said to see it go. I enjoyed Lie to Me too. Good thing is House is syndicated on several cable channels. yeah!

Oh No

February 9th, 2012
12:36 pm

Oh, and cable is where it is for dramas.

Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead
Boardwalk Empire
Hell on Wheels
The Killing

I also hear Mad Men is good, but I haven’t been able to get into it.

Banned Poster

February 9th, 2012
2:14 pm

Scripted dramas on network TV is a dying breed anyway. They are making way for cheaply produced reality trash and scripted comedies. The best scripted drama resides on the cable networks and premium networks such as USA, FX, TNT, AMC, HBO, and Showtime.

dave

February 9th, 2012
2:36 pm

I have watched this show since it’s inception. Some of the replacements have worked well like Oliva Wilds character.

This years new character the young Chinese girl is horrible. She is hard to understand, and how am I suppose to believe that a chick who has been working in a prison infirmary and the teenage looking asian girl are qualified to diagnose all the mysterious illneeses that occur?

This years show jumped the shark tank.

What's Important

February 9th, 2012
2:42 pm

Banned Poster, you are exactly right. “Justified” on FX is the best program on TV in my opinion. Networks just can’t keep up.

Pompano

February 9th, 2012
3:43 pm

@What’s Important – agree with you on Justified. Boyd Crowder is the best villain (sometimes hero) in years! The dialogue on this show is far and above anything on the main networks.

squirrely mccheese pon pon pon

February 9th, 2012
4:18 pm

This time it is Lupus !

so what

February 9th, 2012
5:29 pm

Thank goodness! That show followed the same formula week after week, like the whole series of John Grisham novels. Illness that can’t be figured out, the old grouch plays riddle me this until the last 5 minutes (meanwhile everything fails and the situation worsens), then HALLELUJAH, he pulls it out in the ninth inning. Completely predictable.

Fred

February 9th, 2012
6:45 pm

Wow. I have never watched an episode of house. Nor have I watched one of Desperate Housewife’s. While I knew House had been around a few years, I had no idea DH was 9 years old……..