‘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. Oh Anthony you are an hopeless case of idiocy. The show was never about Huddy. During the big days Cuddy, where hOuse was big, she was a secondary unimportant character and for sure not someone who made the show big. With the beginning of this Huddy nightmare the show lost quality. She can stay away from House forever. LE wanted out and is gone without grace, Good Riddance Madam!

    • She was a big chacter! Who aa. ed. House’s leg when Stacy wanted to cut it off? Who stayed with him after Wilson left? Who kept him away from drugs after Hanna? Who saved him from both Vogler and Tritter? How dare you say that a chacter like this is just a secondary one?

  2. anybody starting a petition for cuddy’s return…? where do i sign.

  3. This season has been remarkable. I was really hoping that they would not end it… FOX is filled with complete idiots.

    • No, they’re not filled with idiots. Dragging a show out just makes it worse in the long run. Better to end it on a high than die painfully.

  4. I think it’s good that the show is ending, I mean the show is great and one of the most well-acted shows on broadcast television, but everything needs to end. For some reason American television has become obsessed with the endless television series which is the television equivalent of reboots (tv exec’s way of filling a time slot and making advertising dollars without finding new creative material). I applaud series runners for acknowledging the series has nowhere left to go and winding things down before it becomes another Law and Order.

  5. Wouldn’t it be phenomenal if Neil Patrick Harris showed up in the finale? :-D

    • NPH is about due to appear. John Cho was on a episode once. Kal Penn was a character for a while. Logically, NPH is next. We can only hope NPH appears on the series finale as Doogie Howser. Howser v. House…there can be only one :)

      • ^lol I want to see this happen

      • I have watched maybe one episode of House ever but if this happens I will for sure tune in for the finale!!!

  6. I’m glad its coming to an end. I thought season 7 was going to be the end and season 8 has been nothing more than a desperate attempt to keep the show alive. The cases aren’t intriguing anymore. The relationships aren’t fun. House is no longer caught in a self destructive spiral, but simply a jerk just to be a jerk.
    Cuddy was always what grounded him and his team was always what challenged him. Now Foreman is just a babysitter and his team are whiny lackies.
    Each episode now goes for shock value. I like the characters less with each episode. The season started with such promise too.
    But i was there at the beginning and will be there until the end. I have faith that the finale will not let me down

  7. Love the show, but I’m glad they’re bringing it to an end. The thematic feel has been played out as far as it could go. This season has been less than stellar and it’s time to kill off House. :) Yup, let’s kill him off. Maybe Wilson will man up and get sick of House and kill him.

    i joke…

  8. It’s time for the show to go. Great at one time, with a character and acting by Hugh Laurie that I will cherish, in recent years the stories seemed to be without purpose, writing without a roadmap. Shore’s mantra of “no change” really meant they were boxed into a corner creatively, and used any number of story arcs to “test” their character, e.g. Mayfield and Huddy, just to have him fall back to where he was before. I doubt Lisa Edelstein returns — comments from a House writer a couple of weeks ago were to the effect that a lot of things would have to fall into place for that to happen, and today’s story that she has not been contacted by Shore lead me to believe it won’t happen. Of course, it could be a giant mis-direction on their part just to have her return be a surprise, but for me the circumstances of her departure and the inept way her character and the Huddy relationship were written cause me to sadly hope she does not re-appear.

  9. Very sad to see it end, especially being as this season 8 has been totally brilliant imo! And no we don’t want to see LE back! Totally ungracious person, other former cast members even people not connected to the series making statements about the show, where was hers? A lady who decided to leave and has shown no gratitude for a programme that made her popular! No thanks.

    • Yeah, right you are just one of the House fans that think that without LE things are just fine.But they’re not, and Here is the prove.Yes, when House went into her home with a car,i smiled and laughed with everything that i had.She deserved it.But then she left and i thought, ok, you can go! House doesn’t need you! He’s better of alone.I was crazy to see season 8 right then.Twenty vicodin was one of the besta for me.But then time was passing and i started to feel something was missing.I found out what it was,but it was too late.Is it só wrong to want that one time in life things end up ok for House?

      • “Releasing a statement that certainly acknowledges the love that everyone at House has for their fans…”

        This is a joke, right?

    • Whenever you express your own opinion, please restrain yourself from committing a logical fallacy by hasty generalization. Just because you use the pronoun WE in place of I, your opinion won’t become more weighty, quite the opposite, it stresses your lack of arguments.

      I want to see Lisa Edelstein back in the finale and I absolutely loathe the small-minded individuals who love to pass judgement, especially without having any real facts at hand or the slightest understanding of the circumstances.

  10. It was a great series and this season has been one of the better of the last couple but all grey things must come to a end. I hope he ends up cuddly at least but my favorite part about this whole show:

    Olivia Wilde :)

  11. Had I read this during season 5 or season 6, I would’ve been very upset. But it is time. Even House’s schtick was starting to grate a little and it’s abundantly clear the writers were sleepwalking through their obligation. Can’t help wondering if they should’ve cut down the number of episodes a season. Would’ve help with the budget, kept Lisa in, allowed for a more streamlined and coherent narrative etc, but hey ho. It is time.

    As for potential endings?

    - Well, House joining Thirteen is my number one as he promised to see her through to her eventual end;
    - Cuddy coming back in some form for a resolution but NOT a romantic reunion. What next? House ‘running’ through the airport to stop her boarding a plane?;
    - The serial killer/cannibal coming back and munching everyone, then dying because there were no doctors lef alive to treat him;
    - House dying… because technically, he really should;
    - Or something involving Amber (would be a stretch I know, her being dead and all that), as she was the only woman to really get under his skin on an intellecutal level;

    Whatever the case, I’ve been there from day one and adored it at it’s peak. So I can forgive anything. Take care, Greg.

  12. Being a medical person myself and very passionate about it, I loved House!
    I loved the fact that someone can just be so clever, determined and out of the box at the same time. The fact that he could brake all the rules and get away with it, bacasue at the end it is the result that matter, not how you got there, was just up my ally. But as the Bible say, there is a time for everything and the fairy must end. I will miss the handsome Dr. Gregory House.

  13. Now I feel bad. I stopped watching this season after 4 or 5 episodes because it just wasn’t the same show I used to love. But, now that it is ending, I feel as if I should see it out. I hated season 7, but I thought this season might turn it around. I loved the season opener, but the weeks afterwards seemed like the same ol’ rehashed stories. I stopped watching. My question is for those who have watched all of season 8…is it worth it for me to go back and watch the episodes I missed? Or will I be able to pick it up where I left off?

    • Honesty, you could just step back in. A few small things have progressed but not enough to warrant a retreading. What you have missed you’ll work out why it happened within 5 minutes of watching a new episode. But you should get back into it as soon as because the strands of story leading to the finale will kick in soon.

      You are correct about the series though. I’m watching purely out of obligation now, as opposed to necessity when it was in it’s prime.

    • You need to watch the most recent episode, because its going to be a major player this season

      • Ah, my bad. I’ve had that on my laptop for a few days but haven’t gotten around to watching it yet. I guess that symbolises how times have changed in terms of how I feel about this show nowadays. Will watch it now though :)

    • Thanks you two. I’ll be sure to check out this week’s episode.

  14. I don’t know what to say?

  15. It just should have ended at the end of season 7 with House walking off into the sunset on the beach.
    I am hating season 8, especially that stupid Asian chick that can hardly speak properly. What a stupid irritating character!!

    For me the series peaked at season 6.

    I would like to see Cuddy come back at the end though and for her and House to leave together. Guess that won’t happen, but still. Other than that I think House dying to save a patient is perhaps the most dramatic way they can end it.

  16. I hope Cuddy doesn’t come back. And House and Wilson need to be canon! ;)

  17. As a avid viewer, I totally disagree with the statement of lacking focus, etc. House as always been House and true to the character we met 8 years ago. This is the story of House and people grow, change and mature through the years. The writers did an excellent job or staying true to the character. The demise comes because of the cost. But Fox and Universal share the blame for that. They moved House from it’s 9:00 Tuesday time slot. As far a promotion, they did a poor job at that. When did you magazine interviews for the show, where where the interviews on tv television news shows, non existent. How sad for the number one show world wide!

  18. NO Cuddy!!!!!! NO Cuddy!!!!! NO Cuddy!!!!! NO Cuddy!!!! No Cuddy!!!!

  19. Maybe the guy who shot him can come back? I dont know how they will end it but im sorta glad and sad to see it end. The show has both annoyed and entertained me over the years. Its not as good as it once was but its still one of my favorite shows to watch. Id like to see it go out on a high note. Not high as in happy, though it would be unexpected. Just end it while its still a good show.

  20. I’m sad because I have always enjoyed the show and will hate to see it end.

  21. Love the show. Sad to see it end. But cant wait to buy all the dvd’s of all the series.

  22. If they don’t want to be remembered for the last season’s atrocious misogynistic finale, they must bring Lisa E back and find ways to unring the bell. Maybe by revealing something we didn’t know back then.

    Otherwise [H]ouse will stay crossed over into Mel Gibson territory forever. Very sad and inglorious legacy, if you ask me.


  24. David Shore ruined the entire season 7 with HUDDY. IT was the worst written arc I have ever seen. I don’t think they ever recovered from that mistake. Shore says it will not be a happy ending. I just hope that House doesn’t die. I want to imagine him learning to be happier and continuing to practice medicine. Perhaps Stacy may even come back in my head.

  25. I agree with you, to make the finale amazing Lisa Edelstein needs to return. Cuddy is a proverbial elephant in the room. Love her or hate her, House has been pining for her for three years, and it is absolutely out of character for him to leave this business unfinished. Crashing a car into her house and causing her to flee is not a verisimilitudinous resolution taking into account the journey he had supposedly made over the years. Without a proper closure between them (in any form) all other things will be a lie too. What is the point?

    Also Lisa’s appearance will definitely boost the ratings. Casual viewers (obviously, not us) will be mighty curious. So, unless she explicitly refuses to return, Shore knows better than anyone what needs to be done.

    • I absolutely agree that Cuddy needs to be back. Sure she may not have had as big a role in earlier seasons, but she was still the reason why House was at the hospital in the first place. If they completely ignore the fact that THEY said for years she was the only thing standing between him and complete unemployability, as they have for much of this season so far, then they’ve lost a handle on their continuity completely.

      Aside from anything he else needs to apologise to her. No amount of moping around in prison is really going to make up for the fact that he turned her life upside down because he misinterpreted something he saw whilst he was high, and assumed she’d lied to him. Even if she had, running your car into your ex’s home isn’t really an equivocal punishment for finding out that she’s started dating 2 months after the relationship was over.

      They made it so that Cuddy was the one he’d known the longest, and the one he said he ‘needed in his life’, so I’d really like Shore et al to actually have the courage of their convictions and follow a major thread of the show through to the end.

      • Now, while I agree with you that Cuddy is an important influence on House, I think bringing her back would be a mistake. IMO, her leaving is the most honest reaction to the situation House put her in when he drove a car into her house. I’ve had good break-ups and bad ones but none of mine ended in a prison sentence, yet I rarely speak to my exes. The only logical reason for Cuddy to return would be if something traumatic happened to Wilson.

        Also, the show was really never about House’s relationship with Cuddy. The show is about his relationship with vicodin.

  26. Lest epi = House have to save Wilson’s life, that would be cool.

    Cuddy is past, just was kinda boring IMO, i like how things are now.

  27. Last epi = House have to save Wilson’s life, that would be cool.

    Cuddy is past, just was kinda boring IMO, i like how things are now.

  28. Thank God it’s finally coming to an end. This last season has been awful. House is no longer an interesting, brilliant, tragically-flawed and broken character. He is just a manipulative, destructive jerk. He can’t get any better because everyone enables his behavior. He lost all of my sympathy after a few episodes this season, and I just stopped watching.

    I’m trying to think of what the “amazing” finale might be. All I can think of is suicide. He finally gives in to his demons and embraces the futility and hopelessness of his life.

    • “House is no longer an interesting, brilliant, tragically-flawed and broken character. He is just a manipulative, destructive jerk.” I couldn’t have said it better. I stopped watching this season too. But, your description is perfect for a drug addict through the years. At first, they said that’s just House’s behavior but as his behavior continued to worsen, the addiction grew too. I hope they end the series strong, but suicide was done with Kutner (Kal Penn). Can’t wait to find out what’s so amazing about this finale.

  29. I’ve stood by House since the beginning, and like all good things, I hate to see it come to an end. For me I’d like to see Olivia Wilde (‘Thirteen’) return for the series finale over Cuddy, if it had to be one or the other. People may regard Cuddy as House’s “better half” but Thirteen was House’s mirror image. The character had so much depth, and intensely mesmerizing qualities. There were many intriguing dynamics to her that closely mirrored that of Dr. House (from the early years at least), and I think that allowed House and Thirteen to connect on a less intimate, but much deeper level because of it.

    Luckily, we can all move forward to a new and exceedingly more compelling drama series, ‘The Firm,’ which put simply infuses gripping storylines and heart-stopping suspense into each episode. I am giving ‘The Firm’ a plug in this post, because it is a great, current series that deserves to be discussed. Watch ‘The Firm’ and see for yourself (and read the book too if you’re interested). I’m sure it is doing just fine in terms of ratings and audience interest on its own, but I think word of mouth can only help the show sustain itself and develop a strong fanbase like House had done since the very beginning.