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“House” Will Be Ending At the End of This Season

Sorry, “House” fans: it has been officially announced that your favorite emotionally-challenged Doc is leaving the air at the end of this season.

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Sorry, “House” fans: it has been officially announced that your favorite emotionally-challenged Doc is leaving the air at the end of this season.

The announcement came yesterday in the form of a joint statement from the network, show bosses and star Hugh Laurie.  It was said that everyone involved wanted to make it clear that the decision to take “House” off the air was that of the show creators and Hugh Laurie, and not because of a network cancellation.

Read below for both statements, including a very heartfelt thank you to fans from Executive Producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and Hugh Laurie:

Statement from Fox President Kevin Reilly:

While it’s with much regret, and a lump in our throats, we respect the decision Hugh, David [Shore] and Katie [Jacobs] have made. A true original on the page and amazingly brought to life by Hugh Laurie, there is only one Dr. House. For eight seasons, the entire House team has given us—and fans around the world—some of the most compelling characters and affecting stories ever seen on television. They have been creatively tenacious and collaborative throughout this incredible run, and they are amongst the most superior talents in the business. For all the above, we wholeheartedly thank them, and the fans who have supported the show.

Statement from House Executive Producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and Hugh Laurie:

After much deliberation, the producers of House M.D. have decided that this season of the show, the 8th, should be the last. By April this year they will have completed 177 episodes, which is about 175 more than anyone expected back in 2004.

The decision to end the show now, or ever, is a painful one, as it risks putting asunder hundreds of close friendships that have developed over the last eight years—but also because the show itself has been a source of great pride to everyone involved.

Since it began, House has aspired to offer a coherent and satisfying world in which everlasting human questions of ethics and emotion, logic and truth, could be examined, played out, and occasionally answered. This sounds like fancy talk, but it really isn’t. House has, in its time, intrigued audiences around the world in vast numbers, and has shown that there is a strong appetite for television drama that relies on more than prettiness or gun play.

But now that time is drawing to a close. The producers have always imagined House as an enigmatic creature; he should never be the last one to leave the party. How much better to disappear before the music stops, while there is still some promise and mystique in the air.

The producers can never sufficiently express their gratitude to the hundreds of dedicated artists and technicians who have given so generously of their energy and talent to make House the show it has been—and perhaps will continue to be for some time, on one cable network or another.

The makers of House would also like to thank Fox Broadcasting and Universal Television for supporting the show with patience, imagination and large quantities of good taste. The Studio-As-Evil-Adversary is one of the many clichés that House has managed to avoid, and for that the cast and crew are deeply grateful.

Lastly, the audience: Some have come and some have gone, obviously. This is to be expected in the life of any show. But over the course of the last eight years, the producers of House have felt immensely honored to be the subject of such close attention by an intelligent, discriminating, humane and thoughtful—not to mention numerous—audience. Even the show’s detractors have been flattering in their way.

Making the show has felt like a lively and passionate discussion about as many different subjects as could possibly be raised in 177 hours. The devotion and generosity of our viewers has been marvelous to behold.

So, finally, everyone at House will bid farewell to the audience and to each other with more than a few tears, but also with a deep feeling of gratitude for the grand adventure they have been privileged to enjoy for the last eight years. If the show lives on somewhere, with somebody, as a fond memory, then that is a precious feat, of which we will always be proud.

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UPDATE: T’Challa Has Found His Way Back To Bird-Mom Monique Samuels!

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Call off the perch and rescue.

Earlier today, we reported that T’Challa, the African Grey parrot belonging to Monique Samuels of Real Housewives Of Potomac fame, had gone missing. After flying off yesterday morning the Potomac pet has finally made his way back to Monique’s backyard. In a series of videos posted to Instagram just two hours agp, Monique shared that T’Challa flew into the yard and perched himself onto a chair. The housewife admitted that her bird looked like he had his feathers ruffled last night but shared that he was so happy to be home he allowed Monique to hug him.

We love a happy ending!

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T’Challa The African Grey Parrot Belonging To ‘RHOP’ Star Monique Samuels Is Missing!

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Polly wanna search and rescue?

Sure, we all tilted our heads and raised an eyebrow when Real Housewives of Potomac star Monique Samuels leashed up her African Grey parrot and took him to lunch at cast mate Karen Huger’s house but there is no denying that the football wife loves her bird as much as any dog owner would their pup. So you can only imagine how devastated Monique must be now that T’Challa has gone missing!

On Sunday, Monique took to Instagram to share the heartbreaking news that during her morning coffee in the yard her bird, with the Black Panther namesake, had gotten spooked and flew off. In the 8 minute video, the reality star shared her fears that since T’Challa is not an experienced flyer he may injure himself or get stuck in a tree with no way of coming down. Monique shared that her husband, Chris Samuels, took care of their children all day so she could hit the streets to pass out flyers and search for the bird.

While recapping the second episode of season 5 which aired Sunday night, Monique also gave a T’Challa-update in which she thanked her fans for their outpouring support but sadly reported that the parrot is missing. The good news is that T’Challa is microchipped so if someone else should find him and take him to an animal rescue, Monique will be notified.

Fingers crossed!

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WATCH: The Opening Scene From ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 Looks Amazing But Raises A Bunch Of Questions

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Three minutes of gun shots, explosions, superpowers and lots and lots of questions!

The Netflix hit The Umbrella Academy is back for a highly anticipated second season. Just this morning the streaming service shared the opening scene for season 2 and it looks explosive. When we last saw the rag-tag team of superpowered siblings, Number 5 used his time traveling abilities to escape to the past to ensure the gangs safety from the imminent apocalypse. Oddly enough it seems the gang is once again facing an apocalypse but this time it comes in the form of nuclear weapons falling from the sky in 1963. You can never have enough apocalypses, am I right?

The whole gang is back with Ellen Page, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton and Mary J. Blige returning. This season the siblings seem to have evolved both in their looks and their powers. Donning all black, the superheroes combat the Russian soldiers who are storming the streets after JFK has declared war. It’s clear that the petty drama that divided the team last season has been put aside as they now kick butt as a well oiled machine. It wouldn’t make for very exciting tv if the group remained happy-go-lucky however, so in the last few seconds we see the aged assassin Hazel return to take Number 5 on another time hop to save his family from the nuclear bombs that are dropping from the sky.

What will happen next?! Are we going further back in time again? Is it possible avoid two apocalypses? How did they adjust to life without cellphones?!?

Luckily we don’t have to wait long to find out the answers to these questions. Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy is available for streaming on July 31st.

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