‘House’ To End After Season 8; ‘Amazing’ Series Finale Promised

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After 8 years on the air, the time has finally come for Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital to close its doors for good, as House creator David Shore, producer Katie Jacobs, and star Hugh Laurie jointly announced that Fox’s ground-breaking medical drama will come to an end after this season.

But fear not, as executive producer Greg Yaitanes revealed via Twitter that an “amazing series finale” (written and directed by Shore) is awaiting fans when the series takes its final bow on May 21st.

Releasing a statement that certainly acknowledges the love that everyone at House has for their fans, Shore, Jacobs, and Laurie further explain their decision to finally bring House to a close:

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.

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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.

Everybody Lies.

While certainly sad for everyone who has watched House over the years, the announcement of the series coming to an end isn’t surprising. Even though ratings have slipped in recent seasons, it was the overall lack of focus and direction that was worrying to longtime viewers.

Despite House presenting one the most brilliant handlings of character coupling in television history during the season 7 premiere, the rest of the season played out like a film school experiment, where abstract storytelling and unique visuals took the series away from its strength of grounding its characters and relationships in a world filled with mystery and intrigue.

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And while many fans may have given up on the series at some point, anyone who has ever enjoyed an episode of House should absolutely tune in to the series finale. Why? Because there’s an end in sight.

For any television series, there comes a time when continuously writing progressing storylines becomes difficult. When there’s no end to a series in sight, you’re not building towards anything, just merely attempting to create new levels of evolution – which, for all intents and purposes, can be difficult for the writers if they’re not even sure where the evolution is supposed to lead.

Even a series such as Lost felt the strain of continuing a story with no end in sight. During season 3 of the series, which saw the majority of the characters imprisoned by “The Others” for many episodes, series creator Damon Lindelof admitted that he put everyone in that situation simply because the characters had nowhere to go – not until ABC would agree to an end to the series.

And now, just like everyone’s favorite “Losties,” Dr. Gregory House has a place to go, and an end to work towards.

The only thing fans can now hope for is for Lisa Edelstein to return for the House series finale – because that would certainly make it “amazing.”

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House airs Mondays @8pm on Fox.

The House series finale will air Monday, May 21.

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  1. I think that house needs to stay with the russian chick. married… as a closer. I think that wilson will die of cancer, and cause house to lose all love for the hospital work…. because he can’t bring himself to solve puzzles when the best friend he ever has is dead…. so he internalizes and goes home to find that the russian chick is back and they have a talk, and she stays with him to help him out and things seem like everything will be ok as long as she is right beside him. His dependacy on vicoden gets thrown out the window cause he has a new pain. (wilsons death) and no amount of vicoden can cure that…. so he just gives up on it. alowing himself to feel for the first time….. changing him from being house to carry some of wilsons beliefs…..

    these are just a few things that should be addressed…..

  2. The “Russian chick” is actually a Ukranian chick.
    Perhaps a minor detail if seen from the distance but not so for Ukranians, I guess ;-)

    However, I think she is gone for good and bringing Cuddy back might make more sense …

  3. she’s not coming back. confirmed

  4. I am sick and tired of reviewers bringing up HUDDY when that is the main reason the show went from an overall ranking of 21 in Season 6 to 42 in Season 7. There were many, many fans who hated Huddy because it changed House into a childish unfocused idiot. And really who wants to watch a brillant asshole turn into a pathetic lovesick loser. I came back to the show once they confirmed LE’s character would not be returning for S8. And no it would not be amazing if she returned for the series finale. It would be HORRIFYING.

    I got my brilliant mature eccentric crazy diagnotistician back. And the focus this season has been on the one he has always loved most – WILSON!!! I see EMMYS for S8 for HL. RSL, the writers, HL as director and epsiodes.

    • i absolutely agree!!

    • Hilson is so much better! :3

  5. Huddy didn´t change House into anything, crapy/lazy writing did. As for the Emmys, I wouldn´t hold my breath. This season has been a disaster in all aspects. Good you enjoyed it, unfortunately almost half of the show´s remaining audience from season 7 didn´t agree with you.

  6. I was soooo happy that House and Wilson road off into the sunset together after House’s brush with death and, then, faked death. It leaves open so many possibilities for a movie to follow up the series.

    This is the ending I would have written. On the pre-show tonight, someone said that House never really had the chemistry with anyone on the show or lit up more with anyone other than the Wilson character. In my mind, it is one of the great TV relationships.

    I could have done without all the dead and living appearing to house in the burning building (I think sequences that cut back to pivotal points in the House life would have been better). But something had to fill the time to get to Wilson’s eulogy, the phone call, the meeting, the riding off, and Eric finding House’s name tag.

    • O.M.G!!!!!

      I did’t watch the finale yet.!!!

      Please don’t tell the spoiler!

  7. That series finale was a huge disappointment. Seriously, what the hell was that?

    • I agree. The fire thing was very poorly done. The ending was ok but the way they did the fire scene was awful. He was standing too close to the door when the floor fell from above and the explosion. No way that anyone would survive that. I felt like I was watching a crappy Terrantino (spell check on the name)movie. (he cheats his viewers all the time pure nonsense).


    It was a surprise ending with House still alive after the fire. I was a little disappointed that he would allow his mom (with whom I thought he had worked out his personal demons) not be in on his being alive and traveling with Wilson across country. I thought that cruel – he was angry and had issues with his father and I thought had a soft spot for his mom. Writing her 6 months later and asking for forgiveness is really rude. I’m not sure if I were his mom I would forgive him that.
    Wonder what his next career field would be as followers of the show are never quite sure of his financial status. Can he afford to just keep going and traveling the country after Wilson dies? Does he have a 401K? Will he join the foreign legion? Peace Corps? Would they have him as insubordinate as House is?

  9. First, sorry for spoiling the ending in my enthusiasm.

    As for House’s future, I would assume that Wilson could take care of both of them: except for his marriages, he lived very conservatively and probably had money stashed away.

    And I wouldn’t count on Wilson dying on schedule just yet. (Just an idea….) As far as his mother, I don’t think he cared enough about her to worry. Plenty of adults are either “all in” or “all out” as far as their parents are concerned.

    And it fits with House really caring nothing about anyone but Wilson at that particular time.

  10. Do u know when they are going to sell season eight in store’s ??????