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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk