Bolstered by American Idol, House quickly became a huge hit. At the end of the third season — which remains the show's highest-rated — the producers blew up the formula and forced House to rebuild his entire diagnostic team. It was the first of many bold (and controversial) storytelling choices. In Part 2 of our oral history, the show's creators and cast look back at the show's most memorable plots. (Read Part 1 here.)
In the Season 3 finale, House...
After eight seasons and 177 episodes, House ends with an outbreak of poignant goodbyes. In the emotional run-up to the series finale — the episode, titled "Everybody Dies," airs May 21 at 9pm on Fox — each shooting day brought cheers, standing Os and misty-eyed send-offs. "A succession of daily memorial services, it was," as Hugh Laurie puts it. "Someone would yell, 'Hey, everybody, this is Omar Epps' last scene!' 'This is Jesse Spencer's last scene!' 'This is B camera operator's last scene.' The art director's. The sound technician's. It became hard to process all the finality."
It's amusing to imagine...
Before House ends its eight-season run on the May 21 series finale, the show's cast members want to take the time to thank their fans for the years of support.
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"We have shared a connection with a large number of people," star Hugh Laurie says in the exclusive video below. "The things that we like about the show, the audience [members] like about the show. Therefore, I think it's reasonable to assume we probably would like the audience if we met them."
Fellow originating cast member...
House's Peter Jacobson and Grey's Anatomy's Brooke Smith are set to guest-star in the season finale of Law & Order: SVU, TVLine.com reports. Additionally...
After eight seasons and 177 episodes, House star Hugh Laurie can't quite put his finger on which hour he'll remember the most.
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"If I had a serviceable memory, I would probably have [a favorite], but I don't," Laurie says in the exclusive video below. (Our diagnosis: He's spent too much time memorizing rare diseases!)
Fortunately, some of Laurie's co-stars haven't suffered as much memory loss....