Fox renews contract for medical drama
'House' for eighth season, dispelling rumors
of NBC takeover
BY DAVID HINCKLEY
DAILY NEWS TV CRITIC
Wednesday, May 11th 2011, 4:00 AM
Fox renewed its contract for medical drama 'House' for an eighth season, show stays with network and not NBC.
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Fox has renewed its medical drama "House" for an eighth season, ending speculation the quirky show might move to NBC.
"House" is produced by NBCUniversal, and trade publications had speculated that if Fox wouldn't meet the producers' price,
parent NBC would be delighted to grab a proven hit.
As with many veteran shows, "House" has seen a gradual decline in ratings and an increase in production costs. But it remains a
ratings and critical hit that Fox wasn't going to abandon.
"House" has two more shows this season - next Monday and the finale May 23. The promotions promise that its title character,
Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), will engage in his "craziest" behavior yet - which may include performing surgery on himself.
CBS is 'Brother's' keeper
CBS will bring back "Big Brother" and launch another celebrity reality series as part of its summer programming lineup.
"Big Brother," the reality show in which a group of folks are locked in a house and live on-camera for the summer, returns July 7
at 9 p.m. and will air three times a week.
Also in the mix is "Same Name," a new reality series in which a celebrity trades places with a regular person who shares the same
name. "Same Name" will launch July 24 at 9 p.m.
Dots all ...
WPIX/Ch. 11's Jill Nicolini will be honored at the John Theissen Childrens' Foundation's ninth annual Casino Royal tomorrow
at 6 p.m. at the Woodbury Country Club. ... Actress Lily Collins and "One Tree Hill" cast member Stephen Colletti appear this
morning on VH1's "Morning Buzz Live," hosted by Carrie Keagan and getting underway at 9:30 a.m. ... The studio for the
Rachael Ray show was transformed into the set of the old "Dick Van Dyke Show" for a reunion of Van Dyke and Mary Tyler
Moore, to air tomorrow at 10 a.m. on WABC/Ch. 7. ... Dr. Mehmet Oz will appear Saturday at noon at the HealthCorps Highway
to Health Festival at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center at Flushing Meadow. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ... Lauryn
Hill will make a rare TV appearance, performing after midnight Thursday on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" as part of
Fallon's week-long tribute to Bob Marley. Lenny Kravitz closes out the week on Friday.
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