Dr. House Vanishes from Fox TV Lineup after Eight Seasons

Dr. House

Hugh Laurie - Dr. House

Written by: Chawonza Nash, February 8, 2012

House the night time medical drama will vanish this season after its eight year run on Fox Broadcasting. British actor Hugh Laurie the show’s executive producers David Shore and Katie Jacobs painful choice to bring House to a close was made based on rising costs and declining ratings. In a statement made Wednesday both Laurie and producers wanted Dr. House’s character as an enigmatic creature to quietly vanish in an air of mystique.

Laurie’s sarcastic yet spirited character has for eight years pushed moral and ethical envelopes challenging mentee doctors to analytically diagnose patients that had questionable and complex medical conditions.
He and co-stars gave audiences a front seat view into the medical diagnostic process investigating and dissecting environmental or genetic factors that contributed to their patients’ conditions. He’s the doctor audiences tune in to watch having both contempt and admiration for his brilliance.

House will have aired 177 episodes by April, about 175 more than originally predicted in 2004.

Departure of the drama will impact cast members Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer, Jennifer Morrison, Peter Jacobson, Olivia Wilde, Kal Penn, Amber Tambylyn, Odette Annable and latest newcomer Charlyne Yi, along with a host of supporting crew members.

Cast member Omar Epps said on his Facebook page Wednesday, “This experience has been simply incredible!” Thanking committed die-hard fans for watching the show.

Of course viewers and fans worldwide will be impacted by the departure of House from Fox Broadcasting and Universal Television; however there is always show syndication for passionate die-hard viewers.

Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said,

“While it’s with much regret, and a lump in our throats, we respect the decision Hugh, David and Katie have made. A true original, on the page and amazingly brought to life by Hugh Laurie, there is only one Dr. House. For eight seasons, the entire HOUSE team has given us – and fans around the world – some of the most compelling characters and affecting stories ever seen on television. They have been creatively tenacious and collaborative throughout this incredible run, and they are amongst the most superior talents in the business. For all the above, we wholeheartedly thank them, and the fans who have supported the show.”

While the drama may end leaving an air of mystique behind the departure of Laurie’s main character, audiences are left with the ever familiar Dr. House adage, “Everybody lies.” Dare audiences hope that this is also true of House?

The New Season Of Lost

Lost The Final Season

The anticipation is probably the worst anyone has every seen: Who wasn’t stressing over the plethora of questions that pop up during the tumultuous plot of Lost? It seems like every episode was just another suitcase that never was completely unpacked. And since this is the final season, everyone was hoping for some clarification. But, right when everyone is ready to see what’s hidden behind the curtain, they roll out a two part premiere of soap-opera worthy drama while managing to reveal very little about the bigger picture.

They showed the parallel universe and how everything was solved by the bomb; and yet, at the same time, not at all. The majority of the premiere was taken up by dramatic Sawyer, longing for his love, whose blood is allegedly on Jack’s hands. He swears, looks angry, looks sad – cries and screams – and eventually dances with the Doctor.

The Cast

And finally, by the end of part 1, it appears that the show that was once a concentration of justified suspense and vindicated confusion is now a shallow piece of entertainment, drained of it’s depth and suffering from a plot quite drenched with petty drama between the characters.

If the cerebrum of the show doesn’t pick up, then it looks like Lost may risk losing the mental fan base – or at least those who spend more time looking up references from the show than actually watching it.

It wasn’t enough to lose fans, but it wasn’t a great way to remind everyone why they were fascinated in the first place.