The hit series starring Hugh Laurie as Dr. House will be returning for the eighth season. This comes on the heels of rumors circulating suggesting some financial unrest between Universal Media Studios and the Fox network concerning license fees. The fight is basically about who will pay what percentage for the financing for the eighth season of House. Kevin Reilly of Fox commented on the level of quality television drama the creators of house dished out over the past seven seasons. He said, “I can’t wait to see what they have in store next year.”
Fox was looking to trim down the license fee by about 20 percent, and Universal Media Studios was trying to force some more seasons out of the deal, but Fox stayed firm with one more season. So obviously the speculation is that this may be the eighth and final season of House. There’s always a chance House could be picked up again for more seasons, but given the nature of the negotiations, it sounds unlikely.
House is not as popular as it used to be, but it still stands as one of Fox’s most popular scripted programs. House has also done very well internationally. Some estimates say the show has grossed over $1 billion over the course of seven years on the air.
For a medical drama, House brings great humor with predictable formulas, but surprising methods. It’s one of those shows that you can both be a casual viewer and catch an episode without being lost and enjoy the plot within the episode, and you can enjoy being hooked to it with several ongoing storylines every season.
With new dramas popping up seemingly every day on every station, including multiple medical dramas, it’s a wonder that anything in this market can do well enough to stay afloat for eight seasons. It’s a testament to the creativity and the energy of the writers and crew, along with very solid performances by the actors, and a perfectly tuned character performed by Hugh Laurie. It will be interesting to see what Hugh Laurie does after House is over. He was fairly established as a world-class actor before House came on the air seven seasons ago, so we’ll have to wait and see what entertaining character he portrays next – if any. Congrats to House for going another season, and hopefully it will be a good one.