'House' renewed for season 8
May 10th, 2011
04:38 PM ET

'House' renewed for season 8

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.

Are you happy to see more of "House?" Do you think it should continue to season 8 and beyond? Share your view below.

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  3. Kitty

    I really like the show. It isn't quite as good as it was at first but I still look forward to each episode. I am kind of surprised about the major changes in the cast. What happened to everybody?

    November 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    The 8th season looks like its going to be good. Hope they continue to be successfull. I've liked all the episodes.

    September 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nicolette

    I'm glad they're making an 8th season, the ending to the 7th season was awful, I couldn't stand not having a show after that kind of an episode. It was crazy, in a good House kinda way.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. brian

    Great show, great cast, great writing. Hope they at least go for 15 seasons

    August 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. konadu -ampratwum adjoa

    chase and cameron should reconcile in the 8th season, they are a cute couple, and maybe cameron should get pregnant during a one night stand with chase

    August 11, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. A.wolf

    Tv would not be the same without this show. It is by far my favorite!

    August 6, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sarah

    Good idea! leave off on a cliff hanger though. Its house.He likes his dramatic exits. I do hope for house and Cuddy. Hopefully 13 & chase. I'm a huge fan and hope that these last 18 episodes gives a best ending to an enthusiastic and unoriginal shpw . Its been amazing run, but every great story has its ending. Congrats FOX best decision ever!

    August 6, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. brooke

    i can't wait! I love house! & i'm also hoping for a possible Chase & 13 love-connection, but who knows. I can't live without at least one more season of house!

    July 26, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. "Jones"

    Im stoked for House to come back on for Season 8 they deserve to go beyond 8 if they so choose. This franchise is amazing it makes you think, laugh, sit on the edge of your sit, and at times hit House. PEOPLE they made House like that for a reason he's the guy you hate to love, and love to hate. And what makes him not so likeable is the fact that he does what none of us can come to do... Tell everybody how we really feel no matter how he's looked at, and that I admire. So either if you love or hate him or just like to watch the medical cases House is a real nail biter, sittin at your sit, riot of entertainment.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • "Jones"

      And I really hope some of the rapid House fans can figure out where my nickname comes from.... Ill give you a hint: Its in season 4 or 5 when House was making bets for a certain reason with Cuddy....?

      July 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. God

    Worth every penny!

    July 5, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sandra Princess

    House should continue even beyond season 8! I have never watched a captivating ,interesting,addictive and so so great series like House! It should go on and beyond season 8. Totally love it!xx

    June 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gabby

    I'm so happy, House is coming back. I love the show. Thanks for not leaving it on a cliffhanger, and telling us what happens after house crashes into Cuddy's dining room.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Manda

    I'm so happy, House is coming back!!! I love this show, Thank you for not letting it end with House running his car through Cuddy's dining room and then that's it, I hate ending's that leave the viewers scratching their heads and wondering, what kind of ending was that??? Omg, Really, That sucks!!!

    June 13, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  16. Jon

    Is Lisa Edelstein coming back or not?

    June 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • "Jones"

      Theres reports of her coming and going right now, but on cnn's report she is aswell as everybody else.

      July 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Garry

    YEAH!! Don't ruin it for the rest of us >:|

    June 4, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  18. Sidney

    I don't know about you guys but if House finished at season 8, I would die. House is my life and if you don't like it then don't watch it, simple as.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  19. cricket

    House= I don't think I have missed an episode. I am excited to hear there will be an 8th season.
    As with all TV shows, there is always an episode that seems boring to one person or another. Waiting
    impatiently for season 8.

    May 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  20. teahu

    Arch must have been one of doctor house's patience ;p

    May 25, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  21. panos

    House MD is one of not so many exceptional drama series in every way. It features great acting and deals with deep questions on how society works and the choices people make on every episode. It is not superficial, or violent. It is a show about an exceptional person trying to fit in, in our far from perfect society. It is about a rebel, a person with integrity and principle. Simply a thinking person's show. Wish there were more honest shows like House MD on TV.

    May 24, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Paul Mc

    How can people comment on this and say House is boring when now they are talking about season 8! Surely by now if you didn't like the way House was working and his amazing mind, you would have stopped watching around season 3!

    House is a brilliant show I have only been watching it since February this year and already I am up to Season 5 episode 17, I am amazed by the show and I love it, I've had a sneak peak at season 7 when I was flicking through the channels and came to Sky 1. I'm proud to say I can not wait to get up to season 7 and then finding out there is now a season 8 is just mind blowing to me because I have been addicted to House I must admit.

    May 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  23. WINDA

    HOUSE I Love the show more than any other I am addicted can't stop watching The seasons just kept getting better and better. Hugh Laurie is one of the best Actors ever He is extremely believable you can feel his emotion I love that man.
    Cool as can be and extremely Handsome I don't think there could have been a better actor to portray the House character.
    I am happy about Season 8 Not happy about Cuddy leaving........I can watch the seasons over and over again except Season 7 not as good or funny. My favorite episode has to be BROKEN .

    May 22, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  24. g_ivan

    OFC we want House. It's like one of those series you never wish to end

    May 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  25. David

    I hope there will be at least 3 or 4 more seasons to come. I love the show! I need it.

    May 18, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  26. Tara

    I LOVE this show and can't wait for next season and many more

    May 18, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  27. eka

    I personally am hoping for at least 2 more seasons of House. (I don't think shows should be past 10. That's just too much.) I have been watching this show since season 1, and I have enjoyed it immensely. I will say that it can get a bit boring and monotonous at times. I hated the House and Cuddy relationship. Boring. I watch House for the self-destrictivness. Happy House is a huge yawn. (With the exception of his happiness in the Wilson relationship of course!) But as whole, I believe that the writers are doing a great job considering they are now about to go into 8 seasons. The character development is still happening, the relationships are still interesting, the drug addicted House is still fun to watch, and there are still interesting plot twists. It is one of the few things that make my Mondays bearable! The thought of not having a new House episode to look forward to after having it for the past 7 years is kind of sad.

    May 12, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  28. vIC


    May 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • eka

      I agree completely, and I've been saying that for years. House dying would be the perfect ending. (Which is how Doyle should have left Sherlock Holmes and not have tried to please his readers.) House should be killed by his obsession, just like Holmes and Moriarty. Just saying.

      May 11, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  29. juan

    Me gusta mucho! Hola me llamo Juan!

    May 11, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  30. buzysuzy

    I love "House"!!

    May 11, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  31. Chucklehead

    They cancelled Human Target and kept this piece of crapola? FOX is uckedup!

    May 11, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  32. Julez

    Lighten up! It is a television show, people! No one would watch any of these shows if they were anything like real life. If you don't like it, don't watch. It really is that simple!

    May 11, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  33. Britt

    I don't watch this show wanting reality persay, I watch these kind of shows to escape reality. I really enjoy this show and I'm glad it was picked up for another season. It's sad when great shows end like Lost.

    May 11, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  34. Robin

    They need to come up with a cunning plan to change this series up. Its getting stale. I agree that House's epiphanies are getting old. Did you ever notcie that the character Brenda Leigh Johnson on "The Closer" does the same thing? She gets this far away look in her eyes and "bing!" the case is solved !!

    May 11, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  35. White Is Right

    Why is it House is the only one who can cure anything? Hes arrogant/rude/egotistical/addicted. He treats all the other Drs like their idiots. And he always has to take credit for everything. The plots have become so unbelievable that we might as well be watching a fairy tale. Noone ever dies. And every disease is some exotic thing that noone has ever heard of. He neefs to lose a patient every now and then. Hes not some miracle worker, just a regular Dr. Add something new and soon before you lose your viewer

    May 11, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Bushido

      What are you talking about? First of all House isn't the only one who cures diseases, and he isn't a miracle worker. If you watch the show then you should know that patients die on this show quite frequently. Plus every disease isn't some kind of exotic thing. Sometimes the diagnosis is something simple that the House merely missed. In addition to that, you need strange cases to make the show interesting.

      May 16, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  36. Sunshine Girl *

    House is one of the better shows FOX has to offer, but Hugh Laurie making $400,00 an episode? Its not that good. No wonder NBC doesnt want to p/u the costs any more. They definately need to do something new on the show. Same old plots, just different disease names. That got tiresome after the first cuople of shows, let alone 7 yrs of the same ole, same ole. Change it up some! Were getting bored already!

    May 11, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  37. arch

    I think it ran out of steam a few years back. They should at least make the series believable! Watching him tell a couple of the others, who are doctors, to go and bust into someone's house to check and see what is there is so stupid and idiotic! Anybody that believes that goes on in real life needs to go and read some fairy tales and then read where it says they are make believe! One other thing that is so stupid it makes one wonder how it is still on the air. Maybe it stays on because of Lisa or Olivia? When someone comes into the hospital with a problem they immediately go into guessing what is wrong with the person! They keep guessing and pumping or testing this person till he or she either dies or is healed! It's stupid. It's worse that CSI and getting results within 30 mins and solving the case within 24hrs! This show is truly a non-reality show! The diseases they come up with are amazing also. I think they must sit down and read through all the medical fantastic story articles! They have come up with cases that happen once in 100 million people. Nobody is in their hospital for something as common as a broken bone that has problems or a person with the flu that has problems afterwards! However, the biggest problem is "House" himself. Here is a guy who is a total a.r.s.e and has the personality of a bada.r.s.e. skunk. He has no bedside manners. He insults everybody. He has no respect for anybody, but believe everybody should respect and honor him! He goes around in front of everybody in the hospital eating Vicoden as if it were candy! The hospital wouldn't have him there if he did that. He is a Vicoden addict. They act as if that isn't anything important. He eat this and never drink water to wash it down, etc. He might be eating about 15 tabs a day, which amounts to 75mg of oxycodone and 7500mg of acetoaminophen. The 75mg is nothing. The problem is all the acetoaminophen. He would by now have had kidney failure and severe liver damage! They should have at least put him on oxycontin if they were going to have him be an addict with a habit. The writers have really screwed up along with the medical experts they have when it comes to making this guy look like a dope addict. Like CSI, CSI NY,CSI Miami and House they should at least make them believable. We aren't fools. I would never go to a hospital that had some freak like House walking around. Even if I couldn't walk I would at least crawl out of that place and go somewhere that has certified doctors who knew what they were doing and weren't guessing. Sorry for the length, but that stuff burns me up! What happened to quality and pride in one's work!

    May 11, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegend101

      The unrealistic thing on the show is a doctor who spends time on diagnosis. In the real world, if it looks like the flu, it's the flu. If the patient doesn't respond to treatment for the flu, they are lazy, fat, and not cooperating, but the doctor may be willing to lower himself and stand in the room while the patient complains, again. Why waste time on difficult diagnosis when there are so many easy cases to fix and bill?

      May 11, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • fullmetal_medji

      Troll Alert!!!

      May 16, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • WINDA

      your a JERK!!!!!!!! HOUSE IS GREAT.....

      May 19, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      You're honestly getting that upset about a TV show? Because that's all it is. It is a fictional storyline. We didn't watch E.R. for the unrealistic medicine, we watched to see George Clooney; just as we watch House for the great cast and witty script. If you want reality TV, go watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

      June 1, 2011 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Housefan

      I just want to point out that it's a made up television show! If it were completely true to life it would be boring. If House were a super nice doctor like you expect doctors to be he would also be boring. Almost every (non-reality) tv show you has some sort of over-exaggerated, make believe, would never happen that way in real life part somewhere in the story line, and even many reality shows are scripted and planned out in one way or another.
      As for your rant about the diseases they have people get on the show, of course they find really weird diseases for people, if it were something common then any doctor in a walk-in clinic could diagnose it, there would be no reason to go to a diagnostician. The whole point of the diagnostics department is because no one else could figure out what was wrong.

      June 13, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  38. me

    yay! im so glad house is coming back.

    May 11, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  39. Koo Cew Klock

    I not no wat shew yu tak abot* ?

    May 11, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  40. ThatGirl Jennifer

    House is back .Its the best show ever

    May 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  41. ThatGirl Jennifer

    House is back baby yaaaaaaay! Its the best show ever.

    May 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Joe Solo

    House is still the best written show on TV.

    May 10, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • SCRIBE


      May 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  43. misaki picson

    its great...good to hear House is back for its 8th season...I think its the best decision Fox has ever made...House will be a top rating series..Goodluck to all the casts and More power...

    May 10, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Superhiro

    Agreed Lucy, although I came to that conclusion after only one viewing.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Lucy

    I used to watch that, but after a while it comes down to him being a grumpy old man with power. Makes you just want to take that cane and smack him.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  46. HealthyBreeze

    They have mixed up the formula some this season. Originally, it was supposed to be CSI where the culprit was an illness, not a person...but then they thought, "What if Sherlock Holmes was a doctor and even funnier?" It is hard when facing 150 episodes to stay original...but y'know they may be able to. CSI has spawned how many years of shows?

    May 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Peace

    I like that pompous a$$ ! $400,000 per episode, though???

    May 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Wow!

    This how it will be.

    Episode 1:
    No, the patient is dying what is wrong with him!
    House: I don't know and don't care.
    He will die, House do something.
    House: need to do drugs to think.
    The patient is dying, we have tried everything!
    House: I got it, he just has a common cold.

    Repeat everything for next week.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Roger

    Need more shows like Monday night May 9,2011, original and unexpected. House's epiphanies are getting old.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  50. SmarterthanU


    May 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sweaty Underpants

      He is a flamin pole smoker.

      May 11, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Kurt

      You guys are missing the whole concept behind the show, first off, it is a great show. I think Huge Laurie is a great actor, he pulls the character off very well. Dr. Gregory House is an interesting character study. He is often misjudged, everybody thinks he could care less about his patients but throughout the seasons we see a softer side of his character shine through. He finds pleasure in solving medical cases, and he obsesses over his patients, he does what he has to do, whatever it takes. That, in itself, is admirable. His character has progessed throughout the seasons. He's realisitc, he doesn't care what people think of him, he's actually a loveable character at times. He has alot of great qualities about him, and some, not so great. That's what makes an interesting and facisinating character. I hope they get at least 2 more seasons out of Huge Laurie. As for his $400,000.00 every episode, I say he deserves it.

      September 30, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |

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