Fox’s long-running hit, House (8/7C), concludes its run this evening with a one-hour retrospective entitled Swan Song, followed by the shows series finale, Everybody Dies.
Recently I had the opportunity to take part in a conference call Q&A with series creator – and director/co-writer of the series finale, David Shore. Although spoilers were virtually non-existent, Shore spoke about the way that House took on a life of its own and became this huge hit when he’d been expected it be cancelled before it even concluded its first twelve episodes.
Fans of Fox series – like Bones, Fringe and New Girl – might want to mark their calendars. Fox announced the season finales for thirteen of their sixteen series – and the series finale for House, today.
Check out the full press release following the jump.
Fox is tweaking their mid-season schedule. Touch moves from Monday following House at 9/8C, to Thursday following American Idol, while Bones from Thursday following American Idol to Mondays at 8/7C, leading in to House [which drops from the 8/7C pm slot to 9/8C]. The net is also planning a House retrospective to kickoff the two-hour House series finale event on May 21st, and a special event to celebrate Fox’s 25th Anniversary.
For details on the above and more, follow the jump.
At this morning’s Fox upfront, the network unveiled its schedule for 2009-10 and, as usual, some new shows [Human Target, Past Life and Sons of Tucson] were held back to mid-season because of the baseball playoffs. One drama and two comedies [Glee, Brothers and The Cleveland Show] will premiere in the fall.
Significant changes: House will lead-in to Lie to Me [making for an evening of lies being uncovered]; Fringe moves to Thursday, where it will lead-out from Bones [since Bones fans are so faithful, this could result in consistently good ratings for both shows – even on the overwhelmingly crowded Thursday nights]; So You Think You Can Dance moves to Tuesday and Wednesday in the fall, where it is expected to draw a better audience for new series, GLEE; despite not really finding an audience, the woeful ‘Til Death returns on Friday nights, sandwiched between Brothers and Dollhouse.
Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, somewhat of a surprise pick-up, returns to its Friday night timeslot after making a few cost concessions. Fox entertainment president, Kevin Riley described the move “as a bet on Joss Whedon.”
American Idol and 24 return to their familiar timeslots – good news for Past Life and Human Target.
While some things Emmy [ABC, 8/7C] remain the same [Hello, James Spader!], some things Emmy have definitely changed – and for the better [I’m looking at you Mad Men!]. Gold Derby at the Los Angeles Times has handicapped the possible winners for us, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be right. Heaven knows that the Academy does the unexpected often enough to make their award winning selections suitable for bookie fodder. So, then, what follows is the Gold Derby handicapping for each category followed by my selections – not of the winners, but of those who should win in my not necessarily humble opinion…