FOX has officially picked up "House M.D." for an eighth season. This is likely to be the final season for the show as the title character depicter, Hugh Laurie, told U.K.'s Radio Times on Tuesday, May 10, "The end of (the eighth) season, right now, looks like the end of the show. That is as far as they have got me for."
Laurie only has one more year of his 3-year contract, while his co-stars Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps just closed their deals. Lisa Edelstein, who portrays Lisa Cuddy, is expected to return as well. The show's creator/executive producer David Shore is also expected to return although he currently has no deal beyond this seventh season.
Just a day before renewing "House", FOX has renewed animated shows "Family Guy" and "The Cleveland Show". Other shows which have also been picked up for new season by the network are "The Simpsons", "Raising Hope", "Bones", "Fringe" and "Glee".
FOX will announce its 2011-2012 schedule at its annual upfront presentation on Monday, May 16.