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  • PaulHJR
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    Mike Ausiello puts it best, I think:

    It’s official: House is checking out.

    Calling it a creative decision made by the show’s producers, Fox announced Wednesday that theHugh 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.

    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 Househas 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.


    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.)

     

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    eastwest
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    Wonders if Laurie will get a farewell Emmy like Kyle Chandler did?

    ETA: Oops Cranston is back again. Nevermind. 

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    I knew this would be the final season with Laurie`s contract coming to an end. Laurie had already said he didn`t want to go beyond this season, and there is no way to do the show without him. I think the show has been better this year than it has been in the previous two seasons, but it is a good time for the show to come to an end. In it`s prime, this was a really great show, and it is a shame that Laurie never won an emmy for it.

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    Anonymous
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    Pfft, it is a CRIME Hugh Laurie never won an Emmy for this show.  It has sucked since season 3 though and I watched out of being taken hostage by nostalgia.

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    Hugh better win an Emmy. If Bryan takes #4, even though it’ll be deserved, I will be very angry. Hugh deserved it long ago and still deserves it every year. Each episode he submits is outstanding but he never wins. We live in a sad world 🙁

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    PaulHJR
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    Now that we know the endgame for the show, what would you suggest the cast submit for final Emmy consideration?  Not just the show, but the actors (regulars like Laurie, recurring regulars, and guest stars like Wilde)?

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    iskolar
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    Good riddance. The show needs to rest now. However, Laurie deserves to win an Emmy somewhere during his past noms. A make up Emmy will be sweet, but with the caliber of lead actor in dramas now, I just don’t think it’ll happen and deserving with the competitionn.

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    This is news?

    House had some nice episodes early in its run. Never was a great show or even a truly good show, and Laurie never was the most deserving canidate, so I’m fine with him never winning.

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    Denis
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    Never was a great show? Are you insane? Ah…. that’s normal coming from you, you a big surly person in every each one of your posts, get a hobby man, annoying people isn’t one of them.

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    LOL

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    Pieman1994
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    Maybe some great finale will come of this that will allow Laurie to win, even though there are about three men I’d put in from of him for now.

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    I am curious to see how they plan to end it.  A lot of people have speculated over the years that they might kill him off.  Gonna be interesting to see how they finally do decide to stick a fork in it.

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    Wonder if Lisa Edelstein will return for the finale.

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    Anonymous
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    Never was a great show? Are you insane? Ah…. that’s normal coming from you, you a big surly person in every each one of your posts, get a hobby man, annoying people isn’t one of them.

    Actually that isn’t true. Annoying others is the most reliable hobby there is. Besides, annoying others is not an aim of mine. It’s just a by-product.

    And no, it was never a great show. It was a good show in first few seasons, and it had a few great episodes.

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    Denis
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    [quote=”hadilf”]Never was a great show? Are you insane? Ah…. that’s normal coming from you, you a big surly person in every each one of your posts, get a hobby man, annoying people isn’t one of them.

    Actually that isn’t true. Annoying others is the most reliable hobby there is. Besides, annoying others is not an aim of mine. It’s just a by-product.

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    it’s reliable, if you are 6.

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