'House MD', the medical drama starring British actor Hugh Laurie as the cantankerous doctor, will come to an end after its eighth season, according to the show's production team who released a statement on Wednesday (February 8, 2012).

The show, which has been an international success, will air its final episode on May 21, 2012, according to the entertainment trade website IMDB. The statement read, "After much deliberation, the producers of 'House MD' have decided that this season of the show, the eighth, 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 show initially got off to a slow start, but the grumpy-yet-amiable Dr House eventually wooed American audiences, not least because of the acting skills of Laurie. The English actor demonstrated a hugely impressive American accent, and his work on the show made House the world's most watched television show in 2008 - outgunning the CSI crime dramas. According to the UK's Telegraph newspaper, House pulled in more than 81.1 million viewers in 66 countries that year.

The end of the show could also mark the end of Hugh Laurie's acting career, who has publically shared his desire to move behind-the-scenes once his role on House comes to an end. The 52-year-old has won two Golden Globes for his performances in the medical drama.