Fox renewed its hit medical drama “House” for an eighth season, the network announced Tuesday.
The deal comes after months of negotiations and missed deadlines (reportedly over the show’s license fee), but all the kinks have been worked out between Fox and Universal Media Studios to keep the hospital doors open for the Princeton-Plainsboro gang.
“Over the past seven seasons, HOUSE has redefined the medical drama and has given us one of television’s most compelling and iconic characters,” Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said in a statement. “From the producers to the incredible writers to the unbelievably talented cast and crew, the HOUSE team is fearless in its creativity and I can’t wait to see what they have in store next year.”
Series creator David Shore is currently in negotiations to extend his contract beyond the current season, but his return is said to be a done deal.
All of the main cast members, including Dr. Grumpy himself Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps, are also returning for another season — which is expected to be the last year of the series, according to Deadline.
“House” premiered in November 2004 and has been nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Drama for four of its seven seasons and racked up six Golden Globe nominations for Best Series. Series star Hugh Laurie is a three-time Best Actor Emmy nominee and a four-time Globes nominee, winning that statue twice.
A new episode of “House” airs Monday, May 16 at 8 p.m./EST on Fox.