And finally, I hope The Powers That Be decide very soon whether this will be House's final season. The creative team need time to plan if season eight will be it. Perhaps they already know and just haven't yet told us. In any event, if this is the end, my biggest wish is that House ends on a high, with a brilliant final run of episodes with a powerhouse series finale.
I still love the series; season eight has been thus far filled with good, well-written, nicely acted episodes. There has been nothing since the season premiere, however, to grab me viscerally and not let go. But the season is young, and 2012 is a new year. And I’m looking forward to the return of Dr. Gregory House and the team when new episodes resume January 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
If you want something to ease your House withdrawal, I heartily recommend Jennifer Morrison’s new show Once Upon a Time. Tune in New Year’s Day at 4:00 p.m. ET, when ABC is rebroadcasting the season in advance of its return from hiatus on January 8. It’s a great show, with some excellent writing and terrific performances, especially from Jennifer as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla (as Snow White’s evil queen), and Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, Stargate Universe) as Rumpelstiltskin.