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House to finish after eighth season

House: Season 8

Story by Jack Foley

HUGH Laurie medical drama House will come to an end after its current season.

The show will have lasted for eight seasons and 177 episodes but after figures started to decline and production costs continued to rise, the show’s producers decided that the current season will be its last.

Fox made the formal announcement on Wednesday (February 8, 2012), issuing a joint statement from executive producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and star, Laurie.

“After much deliberation, the producers of House M.D. have decided that this season of the show, the eighth, 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.”

Speculation is mounting that House‘s demise was sped up following the success of two new Fox dramas, with J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz and Kiefer Sutherland-Tim Kring’s Touch both opening to impressive numbers.

But endorsing the decision of the show’s producers, Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said in another statement: “While it’s with much regret, and a lump in our throats, we respect the decision Hugh, David and Katie have made.

“A true original, on the page and amazingly brought to life by Hugh Laurie, 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.”

At its peak, House ranked as one of primetime’s top 10 series in its second, third and fourth seasons.

Although support fell thereafter, its seventh season still enjoyed support from more than 10 million viewers, while its most recent airing attracted 7.1 million viewers overall.

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