…I certainly hope this isn’t true!
I am little bit behind on this one. Back in February the TV Series Finale site reported that the Fox Network would be ending the medical drama House M.D. in May of 2012. The series is currently in its eighth season, and is one of my all time favorite TV programs to watch, one of those rare programs that I have watched since the very first episode. I will grant you however, they left House M.D. in a rather strange position at the end of the seventh season, and it is certainly not the same without Lisa Edelstein’s character Dr Lisa Cuddy.
I unfortunately cannot recall whether it was at the end of Season 01 or further in, that a ‘Making of House M.D.’ documentary of some description was made available either on TV or as an extra on one of the box-sets. But I remember one of the program makers stating they have an almost infinite number of strange and wonderful illnesses or ailments that they could use in an episode. Meaning that the future of House M.D. was certainly fruitful.
I know, as the saying goes ‘all good things must come to an end’ and didn’t expect House M.D. to go on forever. The reason I am posting this is because there is a possibility it might well be a marketing ploy on Fox’s part to get more people watching… or it might well be right and end in May.
One of the most famous lines to ever come out of House M.D. is “…everybody lies” and when you read the official press release below, you will see what I mean, if you dissect [sorry] it carefully:
Announcement from House Executive Producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and Huge Laurie.
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.
STATEMENT FROM KEVIN REILLY, PRESIDENT, ENTERTAINMENT, FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY:
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. They have been creatively tenacious and collaborative throughout this incredible run, and they are amongst the most superior talents in the business. For all the above, we wholeheartedly thank them, and the fans who have supported the show.
It is the last paragraph of the statement from the executive producers, that makes me wonder…
…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.
If you visit the original article over at TV Series Finale many of the comments posted by fans, say exactly the same thing.
The ratings for House M.D. as a television series has been slowly declining, in 2008 it was reported by Entertainment Weekly as 12th most watched episode on that day, with 13.5 million viewers. On Monday February 06th, 2012, it was watched by an estimated 7 million people and ranked fourth in its time slot.
House M.D. has won five Emmys, although none for the acting, and has been nominated for 25 in total. Hugh Laurie has been nominated for an Emmy six times for his role on the show. He has also won two Golden Globes.
Whats next for the cast?
In 2011, Laurie filmed the movie “Mister Pip,” which is based on a novel by Lloyd Jones. Laurie plays Mr. Watts, the only white man left in a village in Papua New Guinea that has been largely destroyed due to war. Amid the fighting, he visits a school every day to read to students from the Charles Dickens novel “Great Expectations” and inspires a young girl. The movie is set for release later this year.
The actor Jesse Spencer, who was a soap star in his native country Australia before House M.D. debuted is set to appear in the 2012 film “The Girl Is In Trouble”.
The rest of the ‘current’ cast have no known projects in the works.
An article posted on the site On The Red Carpet about the cancellation of the House M.D. Television Series, has a poll asking if the show should have ever been cancelled, and at present 80.53% think it should have not been cancelled, with the rest (19.47%) think it should be.
Let me have your thoughts, post in the comments whether you think a) this program should be or not be cancelled or b) that you think it might be a marketing ploy by Fox and the program makers to get more viewers, if the fans think it will disappear from our screens.
If hear any more information about this, I will post it here.
TV show dates: November 16, 2004 – May 21, 2012
Series status: Ending
Cast: Hugh Laurie, Laura Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer, Bobbin Bergstrom, Peter Jacobson, Kal Penn, Olivia Wilde, Anne Dudek