*While Fox hasn’t given an official renewal to “House,” it appears to be only a matter of time – as star Omar Epps has signed a deal  to return for its eighth and likely final season.

Co-stars Robert Sean Leonard has also signed, while Lisa Edelstein is close to re-signing, Deadline reports.

Leonard, Epps and Edelstein are the three original cast members whose deals expire at the end of this season. Leonard conceded last month that he was unsure if he would be returning to “House” due to the show’s and his own contractual issues.

Edelstein’s deal has been delayed because she has been overseas.

As for the rest of the cast, Hugh Laurie has one more year left on his three-year deal, and newer players, like Olivia Wilde and Peter Jacobson, are still under contract.