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House, M.D. ends its eight-year run on Fox.

House, M.D. Hanging Up His Stethoscope in May

House, M.D. showrunners David Shore and Katie Jacobs and star Hugh Laurie announced today that the long-running series will be ending its eight-year run in May. “After much deliberation, the producers of House M.D. have decided that this season of the show, the eighth, should be the last,” wrote the three executive producers in a statement issued to the press. After eight seasons, House will have aired 177 episodes. That’s “more than anyone expected back in 2004,” they noted.

When the series debuted in 2004, all involved were skeptical that a series about a misanthropic, disabled, middle-aged genius doctor would take off. But a combination of excellent writing and a brilliant central perfromance by British actor Laurie created one of the most compelling characters in television history.

The decision was made as the creative team have been working on the final few episodes to air later this spring as the series draws to a close. A decision at this point will allow the writers and Shore to put together a definitive and dignified conclusion to House, M.D., something the producers have long promised fans for the inevitable time the series must end.

Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly met the House producers’ decision with “much regret, and a lump in our throats,” adding that they “respect the decision Hugh, David and Katie have made,” Noting that the series is a “true original,” Reilly pointed out that “there is only one Dr. House. For eight seasons, the entire House team has given us, and fans around the world, some of the most compelling characters and affecting stories ever seen on television.”

About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (blogcritics.org). Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel, called "Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton," The Apothecary's Curse The Apothecary's Curse is now out from Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books. Her book on the TV series House, M.D., Chasing Zebras is a quintessential guide to the themes, characters and episodes of the hit show. Barnett is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA's HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as "The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture," "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes," "The Hidden History of Science Fiction," and "Our Passion for Disaster (Movies)."

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