After weeks of negotiations between FOX and Universal over the production costs of hit medical drama House M.D., the show has finally been renewed for an eighth season on the network. The issue of the negotiations stemmed from the fact that FOX wanted to drastically cut the cost of producing the show since the recent drop in ratings from last season. Series stars Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Olivia Wilde, and Robert Sean Leonard are all signed on to return, but co-stars Lisa Edelstein, Jesse Spencer, and Peter Jacobson are all still in the middle of negotiations. However, their returns are almost a guarantee.
In addition to the renewal of House, the network also picked up three pilots to series including the comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter starring Jaime Pressly, another comedy in the form of The New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel, Bones (which also saw a renewal a week ago) spin-off Finder which had a back door pilot on the hit crime-drama a couple weeks ago, and the new J.J. Abrams series Alcatraz.
But the news wasn’t all sweet as FOX also announced the cancellation of action series Human Target and freshman comedies Breaking In and Traffic Light as well as freshman police procedural The Chicago Code. Perhaps the more surprising of these two announcements is Human Target which saw a huge spike in ratings during the last couple episodes during its second season. As for Breaking In? It looks like Slater can’t catch a break after all.
It was also announced that FOX has cancelled Lie To Me. Like Human Target, this comes as no surprise as the two shows were in the same boat from a ratings stand point.
Traffic Light‘s cancellation comes as no surprise since it has performed with even lower ratings than Breaking In. And The Chicago Code? Despite fairly strong writing from series creator Shawn Ryan, it was never able to expand beyond the ratings it scored in the premiere.
And if this isn’t enough, rumor has it that NBC has renewed freshman legal drama Harry’s Law from David E. Kelley and cancelled Law & Order: LA. But the biggest rumor is that NBC has indeed ordered Kelley’s Wonder Woman pilot to series. Reports from screening of the pilot began circulating earlier this week, and the response seems to be pretty good, especially for NBC.
And before you go, here is some more pick up news from the last couple weeks:
- CW renews The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, 90210 and Gossip Girl
- USA renews Fairly Legal
- Comedy Central renews Workaholics
- Lifetime renews Army Wives
- Fox renews Family Guy and The Cleveland Show