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House: FOX Series Ending; No Season Nine

house season nine not happeningAll good things must come to an end and it turns out that eight seasons will be the finish of House. The series finale will air in May.

Creator David Shore and FOX have been discussing the possibility of ending the venerable series for a couple months. The initial plan was to make a decision by the end of 2011, to ensure that Shore and the writers would, if needed, have time to craft a fitting finale.

It was mutually decided to delay the decision and, at January’s Television Critics Association winter press tour, FOX president Kevin Reilly noted that he wasn’t looking forward to making the decision, saying that “it’s hard to imagine the network without House.”

According to Deadline, Shore was feeling like it was creatively time to end the series and he had the support of executive producer Katie Jacobs and star/executive producer Hugh Laurie.

By deciding to end the show now, the network will avoid another round of protracted contract negotiations like last year’s. There was a possibility that NBC, whose sister studio produces House, could take over the series for season nine but NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said that was unlikely given the expense.

Here’s the official press release/statement:

Announcement from HOUSE Executive Producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and 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.

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.

Everybody Lies.

STATEMENT FROM KEVIN REILLY, PRESIDENT, ENTERTAINMENT, FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY:

While it’s with much regret, and a lump in our throats, we respect the decision Hugh, David and Katie have made. A true original, on the page and amazingly brought to life by Hugh Laurie, there is only one Dr. House. 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.

What do you think? Are you sorry that House is ending? Do you think there should be a ninth season?

 

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Leo Rogstad July 2, 2014 at 5:31 pm

After all this time,still no news on HOUSE being brought back or the proposed spin-off show “CHASE”. Its funny that FOX can bring back FAMILY GUY from the dead,because fans demanded it,but wont listen to us HOUSE FANS and bring back our fave show…what a travesty!!!!!!! FOX still has no show that could even come close to the popularity of HOUSE. Do the right thing and bring him back!!!!!

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Anonymous October 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

EXACTLY

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ryan February 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I’ve just watched all the seasons back to back and i love the show i think there should be a lot more seasons .if not just to see him have a better ending and find happiness

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Vaibhav S Patil December 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm

As everybody knows as doctor ,House half of his abilities is better than the rest doctors at their best .
So even the show HOUSE md , half in its creativity will be surely better than rest shows.
HOUSE should continue at to season 10. So the creators of the show should take the wish of audiences in to consideration and please do continue the show as soon as poissible .
Also as house is inspired from Sherlock Holmes ; the executive Producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and Hugh Laurie should renew the show following the example of Sir Arthur Canon Doyle who brought Sherlock back [ from dead ] considering the wish of the fans .

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ghaith---iraq October 4, 2012 at 8:41 am

why all good things gone……u made iraqi m.d student saaaaaaaaaaaaad

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Shirley September 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I looked forward to watching House every week. I’d have it on DVR to watch when I had time. I’m really disappointed that the show is gone. Can you bring it back?

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Violet Yates September 20, 2012 at 3:10 am

I just found out while looking to see if there’d be a season 9, and shocked to see the show had ended. I have watched every single episode and will be so sad not to be able to watch the show anymore. Don’t cancel the show. It would be a travesty. I’d miss it terribly.

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Amna May 30, 2012 at 12:31 am

House is awesome and worth it!! Please continue with season 9!!

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Anonymous May 30, 2012 at 12:30 am

This show is awesome and worth it!! please continue with season 9!!

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Leonor T. Won May 22, 2012 at 5:55 am

I really love this show and will miss it terribly.Hugh Laurie is a gift to the masses, so why does the show have to end???? Why couldn`t you just stay on for at least a couple more years. Now, what else do i watch???

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patti May 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I love this show and have never tired of it. Why didnt i know it was ending? Not much to watch now. I will miss this House. Go to NBC

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macrocker May 18, 2012 at 7:15 am

I really liked everyone on this show.. I really liked the orginal team. I’m sorry to see it go. I think they should renew it. Not end it.

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Leo Rogstad May 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm

There absolutely should be a 9th season of HOUSE,no doubt about it,pay the stars what they’re worth.There will NEVER be another medical drama on tv that could ever come close to being the show that HOUSE was,NEVER.As a serious fan i have enjoyed all 8 seasons and have even gotten all teary eyed at some of the saddest moments on the show,such as Amber dying in Wilson’s arms and Cutty leaving,it all made for amazing tv.I tried making a video for the contest to be on the season finale,but its almost impossible to express yourself in 30 sec to a minute about how you’re such a real fan of HOUSE.Anyways i never heard back and i really wanted to be on the show,but regardless i’ll be watching reruns unless NBC decides to pick up HOUSE or they make a spin-off called “CHASE”,like i’ve heard rumors about.Thanks for the memories,especially to HUGH LAURIE.I hope someday i can meet you and get your autograph.

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Imelda May 17, 2012 at 12:08 am

So shocked. One of the best show ever. I will miss this show SO MUCH to the point my monday will never be the same again.

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Colin and Tina Winterborne May 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm

House has been the best program me and my wife have watched. We are so sad it has to come to an end. No doubt we will be rewatching every episode for years to come.

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