Contrary to the widespread belief that everyone at House was ready to move on, Hugh Laurie, David Shore, and Katie Jacobs were actually eager to bring the show back for one more year. TV Guide reports that Hugh Laurie, one of the highest paid actors on television, was willing to take a pay cut in order to return.
The ratings were good enough, especially for a show in its eighth season, for Fox to want the show to continue. TV Guide also reports that the studio behind House wanted to keep its cash cow going:
Universal TV was also anxious to keep producing the show, which adds millions of dollars to NBCUniversal’s bottom line. “Universal was the lead horse, the one driving a renewal,” one source says. “It had the most desire and ambition to do another season.”
There were, however, problems regarding the cost of each episode and the amount of episodes to produce:
But Fox, which currently spends $5 million an episode for House, wanted to see a cut in the show’s license fee before considering a renewal. And although Universal was willing to take back some costs, it wasn’t as large a discount as Fox wanted. Insiders also say Universal was pursuing a 22-episode order, while Fox would only commit to a final 13-episode season.
Shore, Jacobs, and Laurie did not want the renewal negotiations to go down to the wire as they did last year, because then if they fell through it would be too late to write a proper farewell episode. So the three decided to leave on their own terms, to go out as strong as possible.
Universal TV maintains the rights to shop House elsewhere, but NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt has already said that he won’t seek to move it onto his network.
Do you hope that House continues on another network?