The HOUSE Always Wins

     September 12, 2008

Written by Nicole Pedersen

“Paging Dr. Gregory House – you are about to become obscenely wealthy, can you stop being a dick long enough to count your money?”

In a deal that would place him among the highest paid actors on television, “House” star Hugh Laurie is negotiating a contract with Universal Media Studios that will keep him in residence on Fox’s medical drama for at least three more seasons. The deal will see his salary raised by at least $100,000 to a healthy $400,000 per episode or nine million dollars a year. According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, the agreement may also allow Laurie to become a producer on “House” and will allow him to perform risky and insanely expensive procedures on his patients without fear of reprisal.

The deal is a good one for Universal – “House” is far and away Fox’s top drama, and the series owes its success entirely to Hugh Laurie. The only question now is, with “House” sticking around until 2012, how will the show’s premise hold up? They’re running out of obscure diseases for House to tackle, and there are only so many more times I will accept “Lupus” as a diagnosis before I’ll be compelled to switch over to “The Biggest Loser” on NBC.

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