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House: TV Series’ Season Eight May Not Be on FOX

HouseStrange as it may seem, House may not be back next fall, at least not on FOX. Universal Media Studios, who owns the TV series and is part of NBC Universal, has been going back and forth with the FOX network over a possible season eight for quite awhile.

To no surprise, the sticking point is money. House’s ratings have come down and FOX doesn’t want to pay as much for the medical drama. According to sources, Universal Media is looking for the same deal they got at the end of season four. FOX knows full well that the studio’s making a lot of cash from new episodes when they’re added to the syndication package.

FOX’s initial exclusive window to negotiate for House has already expired and Universal Media has added an extension. That’s up this Friday. If FOX and Universal Media can’t come to a new agreement, the bidding could be opened up to other networks. NBC would surely like to be able to move Doctor House and his team to their ratings-challenged Monday night line-up.

For his part, executive producer and showrunner David Shore, who’s still working on season seven, is going under the assumption that House will be back for season eight. He recently told reporters, “FOX wants have to have a season eight, and NBC Universal wants them to have a season eight. I fully expect there to be a season eight, and we’re proceeding on that basis.”

Of course, Shore doesn’t have a contract for next year either. His deal expires with this season as well and will have to be renegotiated. Hugh Laurie and Olivia Wilde are obligated to do another year but Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer, and Lisa Edelstein are not. These new deals will have to be worked out and that could go on for weeks.

Leonard has committed to return to Broadway this summer in a revival of Born Yesterday. That’s when production on a new season of House typically begins. Leonard is currently juggling rehearsals in New York with the final episodes of season seven. While Shore hopes to have him back, the actor has said that he’s on the fence. If he does return, Leonard would likely miss several episodes due to his play’s schedule.

UPDATE: Apparently there’s a clause in the current contract that would potentially prevent the studio from shopping the series to NBC or any of the other NBC Universal-owned channels like USA.

What do you think? Will House return to FOX next fall? Would you care if it was on another network? Would you miss Wilson (Leonard) if he wasn’t part of the series anymore?

 

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Cedric Brown April 22, 2011 at 8:38 am

I LOVE THIS SHOW I HAVE SEEN EVERY EPISODE SINCE SEASON ON AND HAVE ENJOYED EVERY MINUET OF IT.

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JonEwaD April 16, 2011 at 4:57 am

not sure what’s happening this season but the show has gotten terrible. I used to look forward to watching and i’ve stopped. i only watched this week cause 13 is back and hopefully she can save it.

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RecceR April 14, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Not a huge fan of House, used to watch it on and off. But if NBC takes its, that is a sure way to flat-line it.

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Mary April 14, 2011 at 8:14 am

FOX -NBC – I don’t care for either one – but I love “House”. As many shows seem to do – “Wilson” can come and go, why make it – you’re in or you’re out ???

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Kristoffer April 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I used to enjoy House but it seems like the same old stuff week end and week out. Someone comes in with a mysterious disease, House acts like an ass, House takes pain killers, cure is found several minutes before the show ends. Blah.

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Sandra April 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I love House, and it is one of the few reasons to watch FOX. I still plan my Monday evening around the show, and it remains fresh by allowing us to watch the characters evolve. Not one is the exact same person that began the story. Wilson is an integral part of the evolution, and it would be a shame to not see his character grow and change, as Gregory House has done.

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Cel April 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

I dont care what network its on but I’m not sure how I’d feel to have NO Wilson. I hope Leonard realizes the show is likely on its last legs/seasons and he wont abandon it all together.

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Patrick April 13, 2011 at 6:34 am

I stopped watching “House” this season. It’s really gotten bad. Time to end it.

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Rick April 13, 2011 at 5:40 am

How about a House spin off staring House and 13 driving around assaulting people. I love House but what are. The writer thinking this season this is not the same show I came to love.

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VW April 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Don’t cancel HOUSE. I have watched the reruns,etc & want a new season. Wilson is a main part of the show.

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Fox Jericho April 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

DONT FRACKING GIVE IT TO NBC! THEY ARE UNWORTHY.

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Danielle Guerra April 12, 2011 at 6:38 am

Oh okay…so the problem is money.
The fans can chip in and help….hold telethons.
Dont kill house….it’s a good show and still has very high ratings.
Plus it’s the only reason why i can stomach fox.
It makes no sense to kill a perfectly good show….whereas bones stays on forever(nobody with common sense watches that).

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