'House' To Conclude After Eight Seasons

Show has proven there's an 'appetite for drama that relies on more than prettiness or gunplay,' producers and star Hugh Laurie say.

Countless medical anomalies, pain-pill addictions and grumpy limps later, Dr. Gregory House is checking out of the hospital for good.

Fox has announced that the medical drama "House" will end its eight-year run following the conclusion of its current season this spring. All told, the series will have filmed more than 175 episodes by the end, which is "about 175 more than anyone expected [when the show launched] in 2004," notes an open letter composed by creator/executive producer David Shore, executive producer Katie Jacobs and star Hugh Laurie.

"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,"

reads the statement. "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 gunplay.

"But now that time is drawing to a close," the letter continues. "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."

Over the course of the show's eight years on television, Laurie earned six Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe victories for his role as the pill-popping misanthropic medical wizard. The series itself has been nominated for the Outstanding Drama Series award at the Emmys four times.

Will you miss "House" once it's gone? Tell us in the comments section!