Fox has made one key renewal decision in advance of the planned rollout of its fall schedule, which is set for Monday, reports Bill Carter in The New York Times’ Media Decoder.
"House" has been renewed for an eighth season, the story says. As previously reported, a renewal for the show was seen as likely after co-stars Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps signed deals to return.
While the show’s star, Hugh Laurie, has a contract for an additional year beyond next season, it’s likely the 2011-12 season will be the show’s last because of a ratings decline for the program, Carter notes.
That ratings decline led to what the piece calls a "fractious negotiation" to bring the show back, with Fox seeking a reduction in the license fee it pays to producer Universal Media Studios.