The “House” pact between Fox and Universal Media Studios has closed and the show will return to the network for an eighth season.
The two sides have been engaged in a monthslong negotiation regarding who would pay for the new season of the show. Fox wanted to pay 20% less in license fees because of the show’s falling ratings, while UMS felt it should keep the same deal as previously hammered out. According to sources, a middle ground was reached.
Pact is only a one-year deal and the two sides would have to go through negotiations again if Fox wanted to renew the show for a ninth season.
“Over the past seven seasons, ‘House’ has redefined the medical drama and has given us one of television’s most compelling and iconic characters,” said Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly. “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.”
Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps have signed new deals to return the show, and Hugh Laurie and Olivia Wilde will have their options picked up.
Katie Jacobs, David Shore, Paul Attanasio, Bryan Singer, Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Thomas L. Moran, Greg Yaitanes and Laurie are executive producers.
If UMS and Fox were unable to come to an agreement, the studio would’ve been able to shop the show to a competing network.