“House” creator David Shore is set to meet with FOX network executives and executives at production company Universal Television to find out whether they want the show to come back for a ninth season or end this year, according to a report by TV Guide.
While FOX entertainment honcho Kevin Reilly has said since this past spring that the show most likely is going into its last season, especially after some contentious negotiations with some of the show’s stars, no definitive decision was made. Simon is interested in finding out what FOX and Universal’s plans are so that he can write a proper series finale if indeed the show is over, writes TVG reporter Michael Schneider.
There are a few factors on the table here: the contracts of Shore and star Hugh Laurie end after this season, and both may be ready to move on. But as last season’s negotiations have shown yet again, a drama with a large cast in its eighth season becomes an expensive proposition for both the network and production company. The show’s been on a creative decline of late, and the departure of Lisa Edelstein, who played House’s romantic foil Lisa Cuddy, hasn’t helped in many critics’ eyes. So, like most shows this far along, everyone is at a crossroads: is it worth it to keep going, or will the show make more money dead (in syndication) than alive?
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