Attention: House has been canceled. Please read the February 8, 2012 update for the full details.
As you may have read: "House" was renewed for an eight season of 22-episodes... but the celebration was cut short when leading star Hugh Laurie (Dr. House) stated that "House" will most likely be canceled after its eight season:
"The end of that [eighth] season looks like the end of the show," Laurie reportedly told the UK's Radio Times magazine. "That's as far as they've got me for."
Normally I'd respond by saying "don't get your hopes up," but I've given up hope, nor want a ninth season of House. Here's why: In order to keep House on the air, Universal reportedly cut costs down, by having each actor appear in a reduced number of episodes. Universal would most likely have to cut costs even further for a ninth season, and that could result in some actors leaving the show! House hasn't "Jumped the Shark" yet! I hope they keep it that way until the end!
Whatever the case may be -- I'll keep you posted!
"If this is going to be our last year, we need to commit to that very shortly. It's up in the air, but yes -- I want to end it right. So at a certain point relatively soon, we're going to decide to do a Season 9 or end it [this season]."
November 15, 2011: House's live ratings are declining at an alarming rate. The show scored an average of 8.32 million live viewers in its first three episodes of the season. In the next three episodes, the show scored an average of 6.93 million live viewers, with an average adults 18-49 rating of 2.6.
It's worth noting that House has been doing quite well in the DVR market. Approximately one-third of House's adults 18-49 viewers watches the show on DVR. It's not clear if the advertisers are paying Fox for House's DVR ratings, but if they're not -- the show will most likely be canceled this season!
"I can't imagine there will be another one quite like this," Laurie. "And I think I am extremely lucky to have had the one shot that I have had at it and I wouldn't go looking for lightning to strike twice."
That announcement significantly increased the odds of House getting a ninth season.
January 8, 2012: While on a TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour, Fox president Kevin Reilly mentioned that "it's hard to imagine the [Fox] network without House." He also mentioned that his network has yet to decide if the show will end this season.
"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.
"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."
Here's what Fox Entertainment's president, Kevin Reilly had to say about this announcement:
"While it's with much regret, and a lump in our throats, we respect the decision Hugh, David and Katie have made. 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."
Click here to read the full announcement.
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