House to Air Last Episode in 2012

After eight seasons on Fox, the Hugh Laurie medical drama House will cease airing after its season ends later this year. After much speculation, rising production costs, and dwindling ratings, the announcement of the series finale may come off as shocking to fans but not unexpected to TV insiders. IMDB posted a press release from executive producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs, and Hugh Laurie:

“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.”

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  1. Spoiler Alert: The world ends

  2. Everything in life has a beginning, and an end. Thankful for most of episodes and personality developments, It as getting a bit diluted and reaching lately.

  3. Here is the hacked final House episode script:

    House enters the room of a terminally ill patient and begins to harangue said patient in typical Greg House style. Scene montage shows that Greg does this to the patient repeatedly. Patient them conspires with the hospital staff and House's colleagues (who have put up with this imbalanced pompous axe for eight whole years) and together, they fake a power outage, dowse the lights and beat the living she ite out of House.

    Final scene: House has left the medical profession and camera zooms in on him backing a garbage truck up to a dump site somewhere outside of Bullhead City, NV. Fade to black.

  4. I am not blaming the actors because they were doing their jobs. However, I saw the episode with Cushing's and all it did was place those of us w/Cushing's in a bad light. We do not take cortricosteroids on purpose and we do not fake fainting infront of a doctor or anyone else. Inasmuch as like Cynthina Nixon, who portrayed the alleged Cushing victim, they should have added extra weight on her due to Cushing's causing unexplained weight and was there anything about the history of Cushing's or that it stems from the adrenal and pituitary gland. Who the hell did the research for this episode. I can tell you Cushing's is not a joke, it is painful, life changing and often misunderstood. Hey, you who did not do the research for this episode should know no one can fake this disease and no one wants this. I stopped watching House after that episode. No wonder I think Quincy was the only medical show on tv that had educational value to it. This episode was a poor reflection House. Hope whoever never has to face Cushing's Good luck and thanks for insulting Dr Harvey Cushing's hard work in bringing this disease to light.

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