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Hugh Laurie appears as Dr. Gregory House in a scene from House M.D. in 2010. - Provided courtesy of Adam Taylor / FOX

'House M.D.' renewed for season 8

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05/10/2011 by Corinne Heller

"House M.D.," FOX's medical mystery series that stars Hugh Laurie as misanthropic Dr. Gregory House, has been renewed for an eighth season.

"Over the past seven seasons, 'House' has redefined the medical drama and has given us one of television's most compelling and iconic characters," Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, said in a statement.

"From the producers to the incredible writers to the unbelievably talented cast and crew, the 'House' team is fearless in its creativity and I can't wait to see what they have in store next year," he added.

"House" debuted in 2004 and also stars Robert Sean Leonard, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Olivia Wilde and Jesse Spencer. Each episode usually sees House, an expert at diagnosing rare or complicated medical conditions, and his team using unconventional methods to cure patients with conditions he deems "interesting" while deciphering the person's expected lies.

Several reports have said in recent months Leonard, who plays House's oncologist friend Dr. James Wilson may leave the show at the end of the current seventh season. But on Monday, May 9, Deadline.com reported that Leonard and Epps have closed deals to return for season 8. The actors and FOX have not commented.

Edelstein is also expected to finalize her own contract, while Laurie and Wilde still have time left on their agreements, the website said, adding that the eighth season is expected to be the last for the show.

Laurie has been nominated for an Emmy five times for his role on "House M.D." The show has earned four Emmy Awards, including one for writing for creator, writer and executive producer David Shore

Laurie has also been keeping busy with film projects. He voices a character in the animated movie "Hop," which stars Russell Brand as the Easter Bunny and is was released on April 1. Laurie also recently filmed the romantic comedy "The Oranges" with "Gossip Girl" actress Leighton Meester and the animated film "Arthur Christmas" with James McAvoy.

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