House Cast In Limbo For Season 8, As Fox and Studio Try To Work New Deal

A behind-the-scenes budgetary battle has nearly the entire cast of Fox’s House awaiting word on their future with the hit medical drama.

Although series lead Hugh Laurie is officially on board for Season 8, “there are still some issues to be worked out” between Fox and NBC’s Universal Media Studios, which produces the series, when it comes to signing the rest of the ensemble, Lisa Edelstein told reporters during a Monday conference call.

“I believe NBC [Universal] wants Fox to take over the cost of production, and Fox doesn’t want to,” Edelstein explained. “Until that’s resolved, they can’t even begin to talk to any of us.”

The series regular cast for House’s current season includes Edelstein (as Cuddy), Robert Sean Leonard (Wilson), Omar Epps (Foreman), Jesse Spencer (Chase) and Peter Jacobson (Taub).

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Olivia Wilde is also a regular, though the in-demand actress’ film commitments have limited Thirteen’s presence this season. Beyond a “very cool” return engagement slated for the spring, series creator David Shore told TVLine he has every expectation that Wilde will return in the fall.

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Amber Tamblyn, meanwhile, has been a recurring player this season, but will wrap up her run as med student Martha Masters in the spring.