‘House’ Closing

After eight seasons and what will be 177 episodes, the Fox drama “House” will end this spring its producers announced Wednesday.

A joint statement from executive producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and Hugh Laurie said the decision to end the show was a painful one, but they always imagined “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.”

The statement went on to say:

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 gunplay. But now that time is drawing to a close.

For his part, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said: “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.”

The show will wind up in April.

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