House Will Close Up Shop After 8 Seasons

House TV Show PosterIt’s official: after the current and eighth season comes to a close this year, it will also spell the end for Fox’s long-running medical drama “House”. Of course, calling “House” a medical drama is like saying its main character, Gregory House is “just some doctor”. The show has always been more about House the broken, absolutely brilliant man instead of whatever disease-of-the-week they cooked up for that particular episode. I think most people expected the show to end last year, when it seemed like House would finally find some measure of solace/love/happiness/whatever you want to call it in the arms of his longtime nemesis/friend/ex-lover Huddy, but the ending proved that there is no such thing as a happy ending when you’re as damage as House is.

Now, after 8 years on the air, the show is calling it quits. As much as I love the show, I can’t help but think this is a very good idea. I would rather see it wrap it up now and set up House’s future, whatever it may be beyond the camera, instead of having some idiotic cliffhanger that will never get resolved.

Press release from producers David Shore and Katie Jacobs below:

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 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.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is not a lie. (Or at least, I hope it isn’t. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if “ending” the show turned out to be a gag? I mean, that would be a riot.)

Adieu, Doc. It’s been a thrill.

Hugh Laurie and the Cast of House TV Series