House: Picked Up for Season 8

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Despite consistently strong ratings and despite its presence as an anchor for Fox on Monday nights, House has actually not yet been renewed by the network.

But the final steps toward this seemingly inevitable development have been taken, as TV Line confirms stars Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps have signed new deals for what will likely be the show's final season.

What's the craziest thing House could do? This promo for the May 16 episode teases the answer to that question.

In April, Leonard hinted that he may not return to the series full-time, but that concern for fans has now been alleviated. Lisa Edelstein is now the only regular without a deal for 2011-2012.

That ought to change any day now, however.

UPDATE: Fox has officially picked House up for season right. Also, the contracts of Leonard and Epps call for them to appear in 18 out of 22 episode.

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House Quotes

People don't get what they deserve. They just get what they get. There's nothing any of us can do about it.

House

Wilson: Who rents porn anymore? Can't you get this stuff on the Internet?
House: You can. But you can't get the director's cut.