House Calls It: Drama to End Eight-Year Run in May

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Coming off its best episode of the season, yet also coming off a couple subpar season, House will air its series finale in May.

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A joint statement by Hugh Laurie and executive producers David Shore and Katie Jacobs confirmed the expected news. It reads:

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.

The producers can never sufficiently express their gratitude to the hundreds of dedicated artists and technicians who have given so generously of their energy and talent to make House the show it has been – and perhaps will continue to be for some time, on one cable network or another.

The makers of House would also like to thank Fox Broadcasting and Universal Television for supporting the show with patience, imagination and large quantities of good taste.  The Studio-As-Evil-Adversary is one of the many clichés that House has managed to avoid, and for that the cast and crew are deeply grateful.

Lastly, the audience:  some have come and some have gone, obviously. This is to be expected in the life of any show. But over the course of the last eight years, the producers of House have felt immensely honored to be the subject of such close attention by an intelligent, discriminating, humane and thoughtful – not to mention numerous – audience.  Even the show’s detractors have been flattering in their way.  Making the show has felt like a lively and passionate discussion about as many different subjects as could possibly be raised in 177 hours.  The devotion and generosity of our viewers has been marvelous to behold.

So, finally, everyone at House will bid farewell to the audience and to each other with more than a few tears, but also with a deep feeling of gratitude for the grand adventure they have been privileged to enjoy for the last eight years.  If the show lives on somewhere, with somebody, as a fond memory, then that is a precious feat, of which we will always be proud.

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I have been an avid viewer of House. I have enjoyed all the actors through the years that have appeared on the series. Hugh Laurie is an extremely talent who I am sure will move on to other projects. Thanks to all for a fantastic job


Well I am crushed!!!! No House, no Chase, no Wilson, no Foreman, well this just stinks!!!!! I can't wait until Monday night! I suppose in it's place, they will concoct another stupid reality show!! I'm just sooooo mad!!!!!


When you watch a show for that long, the sadness in inevitable...
Still missing Smallville by the way !!


I thought it was the final season anyways it has been kinda boring this season I liked House but not this season but I still watch.


Sad, but due.


not surprised, this season is extremely boring....


House should be transfered to FBI as a medical field advisor. Another show like CSI X and new breath. We love him here in TURKEY.


If you go the article Matt linked, you'll see that it was definitely NOT the best episode of the season. The medical diagnosing was way off and Wilson wasn't even in the episode. Go read the comments, they're more in-depth. The best episode I'd have to say was the first episode; the prison-episode.


It's sad the show is ending but I kind if expected it would happen because they're running out of good ideas to do for the show. I will only watch the episode if thirteen is in it because she is my favorite character but there is a chance I will watch it anyway sense it's the last episode ever.


To me since Cuddy left the show hasn't been the same.......but I'm not surprised to see this news.......


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.


You save earwax.

Taub (to the patient)