Despite a successful career between television and film, the first role that actually allowed the British actor Hugh Laurie to make himself known to the public was that of Dr. Gregory House, in the Fox TV series “Dr. House – Medical Division”.
Good news and bad news. The first is that “Dr. House” was renewed for the eighth edition of the much-loved series, the negotiation was not easy and was achieved after the reduction of production costs, about 20 percent. Each episode of “Dr. House”, in fact, will now cost approximately 5 million dollars. In addition to Laurie, in the eighth edition we will find all the veterans of the TV series: from Olivia Wilde to Robert Sean Leonard, from Omar Epps to Lisa Edelstei.
The bad news is that the eighth may be the last. Hugh Laurie, who has long been into the blues, announces to Radio Times: “The show is over”. According to the rumors, the reason is to be found in the costs, starting from the actor’s cachet: about 280 thousand dollars per episode.
The news was already in the air and now the confirmation comes from the person concerned who in a recent interview said: Next season is my last one, contractually speaking: right now, the end of the eighth season also seems the end of the show.
Among the reasons for Laurie’s probable goodbye is his commitment to the blues (he just released his first album, Let Them Talk), but also his distance from his wife and three children, who live in England.