Sides agree to extend negotiating window

Fox and NBCUniversal are still wrangling over a renewal deal for “House.”

Fox’s exclusive negotiating window to renew the Universal Media Studios drama skein expired late Friday but the sides quietly agreed to extend it for at least a few more days (Daily Variety, April 15). Sources close to the situation predict that the deal will eventually get done, despite the prospect of NBCU relocating “House” to another network, possibly even NBC. Insiders note the only deadline that really matters is May 16, the date of Fox’s upfront presentation in Gotham.

The sides are wrangling over the terms of an eighth season pickup for the Hugh Laurie starrer. UMS is seeking the same deal that it has had since the show’s fifth season — in which Fox covers the production costs plus a premium. Fox is looking to trim that fee because the show, while still potent, is not the ratings powerhouse it has been in past seasons.

Reps for Fox and UMS declined comment.

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