House to Conclude Eight-Year Run in May

House Ending May 2012It’s official: House is checking out.
Calling it a creative decision made by the show’s producers, Fox announced Wednesday that the Hugh Laurie-fronted medical drama will conclude its eight-year run in May.
The early announcement ensures that series creator David Shore will get his wish to give the show a fitting farewell. “I want to do [the ending] right,” he told TVLine over the summer.

House Swan Song Scoop: 3 Things You Need to Know About The Series Finale (and Beyond)

Below is a joint statement from Laurie, Shore and fellow exec producer Katie Jacobs:

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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Here’s Fox president Kevin Reilly’s statement:

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.

Cast members present and past were quick to comment on the news via Twitter, with Jesse Spencer saying a simple, “Fare thee well, House,” and Olivia Wilde calling it “the end of an era. Shows like that don’t happen, well, ever. I’m honored to have been a part of such a brilliant story.” (Will Wilde return as Thirteen? Read our follow-up story here.)
TVLine’s Renewal/Cancellation Cheat Sheet has been updated to reflect House‘s passing.
Hit the comments with your eulogies as well as an answer to this question: Which House alum do you most want to see return before Princeton-Plainsboro closes its doors for good?

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317 Comments
  1. James says:

    Well, I’ve watched House since 2004 and found that unlike most fans I thought season 3 started to turn the show into a regular hospital drama. House had his best adversaries in the first 2 seasons. But the show was refreshed for season 4 and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will wait until this show is out on DVD before I watch season 8 – but I know it’ll be good, the last great show from the 2000’s, all the others have either slipped away or stayed well past their sell-by date (CSI…) Thanks for the memories!

  2. amanda says:

    I for one love House. This season may not have been one of it’s best but it’s still great & I would watch another ten seasons if they would continue with them. It’s obviously been a popular show since it WAS rated as the # 1 Tv Drama. I’m definitely going to miss it.

  3. HOUSE
    Never missed a show for 8 seasons…!
    So sorry to see it end….I will miss it.
    The last show tonight was great…..!

  4. Name says:

    They did a proper send off with this one. Final episode was a good way to leave the story. Thanks to Fox for making a good desision for once and keeping it around.

  5. Guy says:

    I for one am totally disgusted the show is over. Even on its worst day it suited me better than any show to date. CSI is total garbage after 29 years and a dozen spin offs so there is no reason I could not have had my house fix for several more years. Unless his last few seasons were filmed in a jail cell they did kinda jam themselves in a corner with the plot line by running on the jagged edge of criminal behavior all the time. Maybe that’s why I felt so entertained but it closed off creative directions to pursue. I wish them all the best and hope to see them all again in the future. I do hope Hugh shows back up soon in film or another tv series, he has got the range to entertain a wide audience and I for one will always remain a fan of him and a fan of House M.D. I will continue to watch the reruns and whatever the net offers in devoted support of the show. Farewell to cast and crew you will be missed. Move forward knowing your work carry on entertaining for years to come. Thank you and good luck hope to see you again.

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  12. It’s never Lupus. I will miss you Wilson, Cutty 13, Foreman and most of all, House. PS: what could you possibly do for an encore? My world will be a little more empty without you. Pretty sad huh?

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