May 10th, 2011
04:38 PM ET
After months of negotiations, Fox officially announced today that "House," one of its longest-running, most popular series, will return for an eighth season in the fall.
“Over the past seven seasons, 'House' has redefined the medical drama and has given us one of television’s most compelling and iconic characters,” said Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment at the network.
So what was the delay in the renewal, after lower-rated series like "Fringe," "Raising Hope" and "American Dad" were all picked up earlier this season?
"House" co-star Lisa Edelstein explained the situation back in February: "There's a whole complicated structure of that in terms of who pays for what when you make a show. Now that the show’s been on for so long, I think NBC [who produces the show] wants Fox to take over the cost of production and Fox doesn't want to take that over, so there's just been some dispute there."
The negotiations went on so long that cast member Robert Sean Leonard even openly spoke about possibly walking away from the show. (Leonard and Omar Epps recently signed on for the new season, Deadline reported last night. Olivia Wilde and Edelstein are both expected to return, as well as the rest of the cast.)
Negotiations like this aren't unusual for long-running hit series. For example, ABC has yet to announce the renewal of "Desperate Housewives" for an eighth season, and Fox only last week renewed "Bones" for a seventh season.
Hugh Laurie reportedly earns $400,000 per episode, which would make him the highest paid drama series actor on TV.
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