‘House’ Season 8 Deadline Nears; Series Could Move To NBC

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:46 pm,

Robert Sean Leonard on House House Season 8 Deadline Nears; Series Could Move To NBC

The future of House season 8 has never been in more danger of not happening than it is today – well, at least with Fox.

As it has been previously reported, Fox and NBC Universal (the company that produces House) have been in a dispute over the future of the series – specifically, who’s going to pay for what.

Today, Variety is reporting that both companies are still far from reaching an agreement, and that future of the series on Fox may be in jeopardy.

With a contract of exclusivity (Fox has the rights to air the program on their network) ending on April 15 (a date that includes an extension given to Fox by NBC Universal), Fox may find itself with one less hit series on the air.

If no agreement is made by that deadline, NBC Universal will offer the show up to competing networks, including its own – NBC. With NBC still struggling to regain viewership and build a line-up following the infamous Jay Leno/Conan debacle, the chance at securing a long-time hit series with an established fanbase of millions is something that NBC would instantly jump at.

To add to the problems of House season 8, only two actors have officially signed on: Hugh Laurie and Olivia Wilde. Other than those two, no other cast members have been given contracts. That means that Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer and Peter Jacobson would all have to go through contract negotiations after Fox and NBC Universal make a deal – which may delay the eventual production of House season 8 (contract negotiations can take months).

Yesterday, Robert Sean Leonard said that he’s currently filming his last episode of House, and from the looks of it, he may be correct – for now. In a conference call with series creator David Shore today, the writer commented on the negotiations, but remained positive and noted that everyone (including Fox and NBC Universal) are expecting the series to continue.

Although, it should be said that along with the rest of the House team, David Shore is another one that has yet to receive a contract for House season 8.

While it’s looking like the series will continue (on Fox or NBC), I wouldn’t be surprised if a situation similar to Mad Men might happen, with the series’ next season premiering much later than expected.

House airs Mondays @8pm, on Fox

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Source: Variety [via: Fused Film]

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  1. While I think it’s time for the series to end, it needs another season. Looks like the story wont end with this season finale, and House really needs a proper ending. So hopefully this will be going like Scrubs, moving networks for the final season, letting them wrap the series up properly.

  2. House on NBC? Please don;’t let this happen. NBC IS NOT capable of handling a show on the quality level of House. All NBC wants is reality crud like “The Biggest Loser,” which should be NBC’s official name. Keep House on Fox. NBC will just screw it up and not even give the show a full season.

    • Yeah, FOX never screwed any of their shows up. Oh wait…

  3. So is it possible that House could wind up with a January premiere rather than a a september/Fall premiere? I believe that happen to 24 a couple of times.

  4. NBC is ridiculous nowadays, all they focus on is all their stupid “Law & Order” spinoffs and crappy reality shows, like I think it’s ridiculous of them to put “Biggest Loser” on for 2 hours every week, EVERY WEEK!? Come on! The only good shows on there are just the sitcoms.

  5. no news? silenzio stampa everywhere …

  6. im so sad right now :( i wish i never looked this up. lmao.

  7. oh em gee! I realli hopes it dont get canceled. me n my bf tots heart the show! it woud be a bummer if it ended :( I am cryin just thinking about it :,( PLEASE LET IT HAV ANOTHER SESAN! IT WOULD BE EPIC! especaly if justin beiber was on it! He coud be house”s son lmao hahaha lol rofl :p. Just jokes lol heheh

    • Are you serious? Lmao hahaa lol rofl? Learn to speak.

      Also, I hope house doesn’t end now. It’s a fantastic show and, living in the uk, is one of the few good American dramas we get that are not 10 years old!

  8. I think the series has reached it’s natural end. The writing is so different that I can no longer watch an entire episode. No wonder Fox is negotiating with Universal on the 8 season, like 24 it’s over.

  9. guys if u shut down house you’re gonna make ur biggest mistake… milions of fans will be dissapointed and unhappy that includes me and its gonna be less money for you so do the damn season and if u can do more than 1 season :) love house <3

  10. House is such an awesome tv show, why would anyone want to shut it down.

    I just watch the latest episodes and am very sadden by the lost of so many characters on the show which is rather disappointing.

    House is only a mere portion of the characters which had great story line which I hope to see some of them return throughout series

    fingers crossed

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