Your questions answered – Why is House ending? When is it ending? Will previous cast members return?
House Season 8 (the current season) will be its final season. The series finale air in May of 2012, and be directed by David Shore.
House, which premiered in 2004, currently stars Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer, Odette Annable, Peter Jacobson and Charlyne Yi. (Lisa Edelstein, Jennifer Morrison and Olivia Wilde are major players from previous seasons of House.)
David Shore has expressed interest in having Lisa Edelstein return in the penultimate episode of house. Olivia Wilde has already RSVP’d to appear on the show once more. But will Jennifer Morrison be back? She’s the lead on the ABC drama Once Upon a Time, but she’s expressed extreme interest (the words “absolute dream” were used) in being in the finale.
David Shore, Katie Jacobs and Hugh Laurie released a statement about how and why House is ending in season 8.
Highlights of the statement:
By April this year they will have completed 177 episodes, which is about 175 more than anyone expected back in 2004.
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.
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.
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.
There will be no House spin off.