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Things I Hate About TV: Fast credits, shoved to the side

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 1st 2006 4:01PM

What the hell is up with the beginnings and endings of shows nowadays? First they just about get rid of TV theme songs altogether, and now at the end of shows they are scrolling the credits at light-speed, usually shrunk down to a really small size in a side box on the screen (so they can promote another show in a bigger box in the screen, of course).

Isn't there some sort of rule about this in the industry, that the names of the people who work on the show have to actually be on the screen and legible for a certain amount of time? I watched Entertainment Tonight one night and the credits went by so fast I couldn't even tell if they were actually letters or not. And the same thing is happening on prime time shows. Even if the credits scroll by at a normal speed, they'll shove them to the a corner of the screen while they promote another show. What's up with that?

I know, more time for commercials and more opportunity to plug another show. But still...grrrrrrrrr.

 

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mercymefanatic

It's gotten worse in the 6 years since this article was written. Even Disney channel, one of the few channels that still ran their end credits normally, has started pushing them off to the side and having voiceovers over the credits. As a film student, I find it incredibly insulting to the artists and industry professionals. The gaffers, best boys, and 2nd unit production team may not get the most recognition, but they worked hard to make the finished product and should at least be able to see their names on screen.
Unfortunately, I think it all comes down to money and a technology-obsessed society. Networks crunch the credits to allow more time for mindless advertisements to play. They also cater to kids who don't have the attention spans to sit through 20 seconds of end credits. It's sad, really.

November 26 2012 at 2:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keith

I hate it too!! i would like to hear the end credits music and get a chance to see who were the guest stars (if want to know) and it seem so rush and forced (ad wise). I too hate those darn pop up bugs and that they seemt to come ever 4mins on some channels!!!

June 26 2006 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jon Harrison

Has anyone watched "Family Guy" on TBS Monday nights? They're running the end credits for the 9pm show and the opening credits for the 9:30 show SIMULTANEOUSLY. Is it innovation or insult to those artists who are shoved aside? They can't sell commercial time in between shows?

April 17 2006 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brandon

I can't stand it anymore...the squished credits, the pop-ups for TV shows, all to promote another crappy show, or fit another senseless commercial. TV Land is indeed the worst (I couldn't give a flying f**k about a What The Heck moment). I blame the fact that the average viewer doesn't have enough of an attention-span anymore (thank you 500-channel universe!) to sit through untouched credits.

March 13 2006 at 1:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Buddy

What about the animated promos when a show returns from a break. TNT, MTV, FX, Fox, NBC and others are making their promo overlays larger and larger where you can't see a person's face. Plus, some have sound effects. This is the worst!

February 02 2006 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Simmons

I fully agree!

Sci-Fi channel is also guilty of doing this. The reason is because it's cheaper for them to do this, according to Sci-Fi channel's official website.

Bottom line: There's too many inane commercials and they need to quit rolling the credits like it's the Indy 500!


February 02 2006 at 2:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

I think the worst offender is TV Land, if for no other reason than that they should be respecting all aspects of classic TV shows. Too many times there was an interesting actor in these old shows one would like to see named, and squish! It's impossible to read because Harry Shearer has to tell you what's coming up next.

It's especially galling in that if they waited until the acting credits rolled, they'd still have time to do the promo. Instead, we get full screen back in time for the credits nobody cares about. (Those poor, maligned gaffers!)

February 01 2006 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
corey

Huh? What's wrong with you people? You want more credits? You want longer show openings? Maybe they can squeeze in another 5 minutes of commercials too! Who cares about the gaffer on Scrubs?

February 01 2006 at 9:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dottore

Well National Geographic Channel went a step further! No more credits on TV. After many shows I see on that channel, they simply have a message on the screen that says something to the effect of, "For detailed credits, visit nationalgeographic.com/channel"

February 01 2006 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brenda

I am glad to hear I am not the only one outraged by this. The infringement started small with only the logo of the channel in the corner, it has escalated to take up the majority of the screen and as you say the credits of those hard working people are shoved to a small corner and run on fast forward. Some of us like to know who played what part and see if we recognized an actor or were way off base.

February 01 2006 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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