The decision to end House after eight seasons wasn’t easy — and, it turns out, didn’t necessarily have to come at all this year.
According to insiders, star Hugh Laurie and his fellow executive producers David Shore and Katie Jacobs were eager to bring the long-running Fox drama back for one more year, despite conventional wisdom that everyone was ready to move on. One exec believes that Laurie, one of the highest-paid actors on TV (he makes $700,000 an episode), was even prepared to take a pay cut in order to return.
The network wasn’t looking to let go of House, which averages a 3.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers — good numbers for a drama in its eighthseason. Universal TV, the studio behind House, was also anxious to keep producing the show, which adds millions of dollars to NBCUniversal’s bottom line. “Universal was