The Time For a ‘House’ Spin-Off Has Passed, Says Fox Exec

by | January 8, 2012 at 4:02 PM | House

Hugh Laurie on "House." (Fox)

It’s long been assumed that “House” would likely end after its eighth season was over this spring, but there was always an opening for it to continue. FOX entertainment honcho Kevin Reilly told the gathered critics today at the TCA press tour that the window is still open, and that the talks between the network, star Hugh Laurie and creator David Shore about continuing will happen soon.

But one thing he did pretty much shut the window on was the prospects of a spin-off. “The time has come and gone for ‘House’ spinoffs,” Reilly said. One of the issues is that Shore never really found any story that was compelling enough to make into a spin-off (What, the story of Thirteen isn’t compelling? Surely people would want to see Olivia Wilde on their TVs every week… right?).

But the other reason why is that FOX doesn’t really need a “House” spin-off right now. “We’re not in that desperate place where we need to keep some vestige of it going,” he said.

Fear not, “House” fans; even if it’s the show’s last year, Reilly promises that the network will allow Shore plenty of time to craft a finale. “It will absolutely have a satisfying conclusion to this season on FOX.” Yes, even if the show continues on another network (NBC produces it), its FOX conclusion will be, well, conclusive.

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