Fox Officially Renews ‘House’ For Season 8

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 9:37 pm,

house renewed season 8 hugh laurie Fox Officially Renews House For Season 8

After months of negotiations, Fox’s medical dramedy House has finally been renewed for an eighth season. The announcement came today, along with news that Fox and NBC Universal had reached an agreement.

The long wait for the renewal stemmed from broadcaster Fox wanting a lower production cost from NBC Universal, the studio that actually films and produces the show. Fox wanted a 20% cut in their part of the deal; while no monetary details have been revealed, the scuttlebutt is that the two parties met in the middle.

But don’t get too comfortable House fans: the new contract is only valid for one year. The show’s possible 9th season is still up in the air. But barring an extremely unlikely drop in viewership for the 2011-2012 run, House will almost certainly return – it might not be on Fox, though.

The Doctor himself, Hugh Laurie, has been confirmed for the new season, as has recurring star Olivia Wilde (“Thirteen”). Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps will also return for Season 8.

But at least three costars are still in the wind: Lisa Edelstein, Jesse Spencer and Peter Jacobson (doctors Cuddy, Chase and Taub, respectively) have not signed contracts for the new season. According to E! Online, deals for the supporting cast are still being negotiated.

House has trailed somewhat in its last few years on Fox, averaging about 10 million total viewers a week this season. That’s down about 20% from Season 6. The lowered viewership was almost certainly the catalyst for more aggressive negotiation on Fox’s part. Still, 10 million is nothing to sneeze at, and barring some big surprises viewers can expect at least one more season somewhere.

The show itself has seen some big changes this year. House and Cuddy finally began a real relationship (then ended it), Thirteen left (then came back), and a new medical student named Martha Masters joined the team (then left). House also busted out of its shell for a well-received musical episode. Amber Tamblyn, who played Masters for several episodes, is working on a new Fox pilot and will not return.

House is wrapping up its seventh season now. The season finale is scheduled for May 23rd.

House airs Monday nights at 8Pm on Fox.

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Source: E! Online

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  1. House , no matter what this is the best show ever made,thank you david shore for creating house!

  2. House is the Radiohead of the tv shows
    in the darwinian race is one of the only ones who could get and say the truth in the same time.

  3. I agree, no matter what we LOVE this show!!!
    THANK YOU!!!
    The whole world loves HOUSE :)

  4. people just do not realise its awesomeness! we need to start a facebook page or something!

  5. I absolutely love house! I watch ever episode they comes on even if I’ve seen it 3 times. It is without a doubt my favorite show. Please never cancel!

    • can’y agree more
      love House too

  6. No interest in what percentage watched House last year:you won. David Shore, keep Hugh Laurie and RS Leonard — both the best in the industry.

  7. Hugh Laurie, you are invited to my home i Western Norway whenever you have a chance. My interest of TV is limited, but this show has been a part of my life.

  8. house is the best shoe ive ever watched. its so funny.
    i enjoyed watching house when i was younger with my dad,
    and now watching house is even better. it makes you laugh and cry and just sit there in confusion.
    house is awesome
    im gonna rock your body hugh laurie

  9. I love watching House and always look forward to watching every episode and every season. Its just too bad that nobody can agree about their contracts! Look people, I love the show, but you all are driving me crazy with money and contracts! Be happy with what you make. When the economy took a dump I lost a great job, and now have a job making a great deal less. Your show makes my day better. Please settle soon and bring back Cuddy, Chase, and Taub!

  10. love you house
    i adore you <3<3<3<3<3<3

  11. I think cameron should come back in the final season to end up with house because this was why i started watching it for

  12. I would be so sad if the show was gone ,, I am a late comer to the series ( just started last year) and I am now totally addicted,, Love the fact that other cable channels are showing past episodes,, They are just hard to watch cause they are not in order to the episodes/series they flip flop,, but all in all I LOVE IT !! I hope they keep going for a long time,, FOX needs to see they have a good thing and not drop them,