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|Fox Renews 'House' ... For A Final Season?; Two Regulars Also Re-Up|
|Topic Started: May 10 2011, 01:19 PM (217 Views)|
|KMan101||May 10 2011, 01:19 PM Post #1|
Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps have signed deals to return to House for its eighth and likely final season, while Lisa Edelstein is close to re-signing, Deadline reports.
The medical drama is not officially renewed yet, but Fox and producer Universal Media Studios were finalizing a deal, according to the site.
Leonard, Epps and Edelstein are the three original cast members whose deals expire at the end of this season. Leonard conceded last month that he was unsure if he would be returning to House due to the show's and his own contractual issues.
Edelstein's deal has been delayed because she has been overseas.
As for the rest of the cast, Hugh Laurie has one more year left on his three-year deal, and newer players, like Olivia Wilde and Peter Jacobson, are still under contract.
|KMan101||May 10 2011, 01:20 PM Post #2|
After months of negotiations and a string of deadlines that came and went, Fox has closed a deal with Universal Media Studios to bring House for an eighth season, which is expected to be the medical drama's last. House creator/executive producer David Shore's does not have a deal beyond this season yet but one is underway and he is fully expected to return and finish the series. Also returning is the cast, including Hugh Laurie, who has one more year on his 3-year contract, co-stars Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps, who just closed their deals, and Lisa Edlestein, who is also expected to come back. All senior writers on the show will be back too.
Sticking point in the negotiations was the show's license fee, which Fox had been pushing to lower by almost 20% to $5 million per episode, something that was going to put pressure on UMS to cut the budget of the series, including above-the-line costs. I hear the final agreement is for a license fee very close to the $5 million Fox had been seeking. As part of its cost-cutting measures, UMS had gone to the 3 actors whose deals were up this season - Leonard, Edelstein and Epps - asking them to take salary cuts on the $175,000 an episode they had been making for next season. UMS had been partially successful as I hear Leonard will be returning at his old salary, while the other 2 will be taking a modest pay cut.
For years, House was Fox's highest-rated scripted show. A year ago, it was also the most watched TV series worldwide and is estimated to gross about $1 billion over its run. “Over the past seven seasons, House has redefined the medical drama and has given us one of television’s most compelling and iconic characters,” Fox's entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. “From the producers to the incredible writers to the unbelievably talented cast and crew, the House team is fearless in its creativity and I can’t wait to see what they have in store next year.” House is executive produced by Katie Jacobs, David Shore, Paul Attanasio, Bryan Singer, Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Thomas L. Moran, Greg Yaitanes and Hugh Laurie. With the pickups of House today and Bones last week Fox has secured its highest-rated drama series for next season. The two join previously renewed Fringe.
Edited by KMan101, May 10 2011, 01:20 PM.
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