Could Fox’s “House” be over this season?

It may be too early to tell, but there are signs that the long-running Fox drama House may be heading toward the end of its run as soon as this May.

House Executive producer David Shore is meeting with executives from Fox and NBC Universal TV (who produces the show) sometime this week to discuss the future of the successful Fox drama, which just entered its eighth season in September. The reason why these meetings are taken place so early is because Shore would need enough time to plan the finale of the show, which would likely to shot sometime in March or early April.

The contract for Shore, as well as Hugh Laurie, who plays title character Dr. Gregory House, is up at the end of the season. There are many outcomes that could be had of this situation. Fox could continue to air the show with a new showrunner, as Shore is unlikely to renew his contract for more seasons.  Laurie could renew his contract and continue the show without Shore running it, however this is unlikely to happen. Fox could opt not to renew the show for next season because it is in its eighth season and its starting to get pretty expensive to produce the show, especially with the ratings declines from the past few seasons. The show has already been sold into syndication, so the studio will be making money from the show whether its renewed or not. One option that could be possible, but highly unlikely; The show is picked up for another season, but moves to NBC, since NBC owns and produces the show for Fox. Having House on NBC, even with the ratings that it has now, would be stellar for NBC since it would be able to build new shows around this established hit.

This season, House has been averaging 7.5 million viewers and a 2.7 in the adults 18-49 demo. Not as strong as it was a couple of seasons ago, but normal declines for a show that’s in its eighth season.

Insiders say that Shore has been quoted several times that “eight years has been a good run.” So if the end is in sight, Shore doesn’t seem to be too upset about it.

Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly was quoted last year that this was most likely going to be the last season for House after extensive negotiations for an eighth season this past spring. Reilly expected an announcement to happen “sometime in mid-fall,” which is right about now.

If Fox decides to end House, the announcement will come as early as next week.

Keep checking back for more as this story develops.

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