Goodbye, Dr. House
Fox’s medical drama ending after eight seasons
After an eight-year run, Dr. Gregory House is preparing for retirement.
In a joint statement by creator/executive producer David Shore, executive producer Katie Jacobs and star Hugh Laurie, it was announced that Fox Entertainment’s House will end for good with this spring’s season finale.
“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 gunplay,” an excerpt reads.
“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.”
House has, over the years, enjoyed much critical success. It has been nominated three times for the Emmys’ Outstanding Drama Series award, and has earned Laurie two Golden Globes and six Emmy nominations for his role as the titular Dr. House.
Although the series’s ratings have been in decline since last year (perhaps due to the May 2011 departure of co-star Lisa Edelstein, who played Dr. Lisa Cuddy), the announcement comes as a shock and disappointment to House fans worldwide.
Fox president Kevin Reilly promises the series “will absolutely have a satisfying conclusion.” The finale is expected to air this May.