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How about some new opening credits for House already?

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 25th 2008 3:03PM

Would some new credits for House be too much trouble? Apparently, yes.Here we are, two seasons removed since House disbanded his trio of cronies to find a new batch of talented doctors to humiliate, and some things haven't changed. Things like House's acerbic nature, his addiction to pain pills, the hospital he works at, Cuddy's very long legs (men, I'll give you a moment...okay) and the weekly patient who has a medical condition that can't be solved until the very last moment. Oh, there is one more thing that hasn't changed...the opening credits.

I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but Jennifer Morrison, Omar Epps and Jesse Spencer (Cameron, Foreman and Chase on the show) don't really have star status like they used to. Heck, sometimes they aren't even on the program. They have been replaced by Kal Penn, Olivia Wilde and Peter Jacobson, who now do the diagnosing. Yet, these three can't get a break. They just get an 'Also Starring' credit after the opening credits roll. Gosh, the original three members of House's team are still shown walking behind him as the credits end.

I can't understand why the producers of the show aren't able to make a simple change to swap out the old names, put in the new ones, and pull a clip from the show where Thirteen, Taub and Kutner are all walking behind House. I mean, they trail him like puppies all of the time! Opening credits are important to a show, especially in an era where there are so few of them (though FOX does tend to keep them more than the other networks). When they feature the names and images of the old cast members rather than the new ones it tells the viewers that the newest members may not be there on a permanent basis. What do you think?

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I LOVE the opening and want it to stay just as it is.
Did you notice who was named an Executive Producer during the credits?

October 01 2008 at 12:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

House is full of hidden artistic references. Everyone has talked about the Sherlock Holmes influence. But there are tothers. The reason why they haven't changed the opening credits? Because the credits contain symbols and allusions. Why does Jennifer Morrison's name appears over a boat gliding in a river? I think I have the answer to that. The great artist/writer William Morris had a daughter, Jenny, who became an epileptic after a boating accident. Get it? "Jenny Morris"-boat?

September 26 2008 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i prefer the 3 replacements, the jennifer and that aussie dude suck! no chemistry at all

September 26 2008 at 3:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There is a show on NBC coming back next week, whose season premiere is on Hulu, who added more people to their opening credits this season. These people aren't major characters even. But they were added to the opening credits.

The three new people who have the fellowship on House should have at least their names on a extra title card.

September 25 2008 at 8:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It drives me nuts every week...I don't care if they are not billed higher than the original three...its just the "also" in front of them that is annoying. Get rid of it and get a clip of the new threesome in the intro and it'll be fine.

September 25 2008 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For a tv critic you're remarkably ignorant. Credits have nothing to do with screen time, they have to do with the actor's contract. Jen Mo & JS have higher starring status based on their contracts.

Politically its also because David Shore is trying to hang on to the Chase & Cameron loyalists in the face of a huge ratings collapse this season (House got beat by NCIS this week by 5 million viewers).

September 25 2008 at 5:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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You so called ratings collapse is due in part to an intentional move to 8pm to allow Fringe a healthy lead in. The network admitted long ago that they would likely take a hit in the ratings but wanted to back JJ Abrams new series with the support of an established show.

There is no doubt in my mind that House would regain most of its viewers easily if it was back at 9pm. And as to prime demographic (18-34), House still takes home the prize.

You are correct that actors contracts explicitly state how there image and name will be featured in the credits but your assumption that 'David Shore is trying to hang on to the Chase & Cameron loyalists' is purely a figment of your own imagination.

September 25 2008 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm guessing cause the theme song is badass. Maybe it was only licensed for that particular opening, and they would have to re-license if they redid it. Maybe?

September 25 2008 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Or it's in their contracts. COuld be as simple as that.

September 25 2008 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd like to know why Jennifer Morrison's credit is the only one that is over a pastural picture of a boat rowing on the river, while every one else's is over some graphic medical illustration or picture.

watch next time and see. it goes something like:

chest x-ray
spinal column


September 25 2008 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Opening credits are not so much about the characters prominence as they are about the prominence of the actors on the show. First position is the most important (and reserved for title/focus characters). Last follows, and the less important actors float in the middle. Placement has as much, if not more, to do with an actor's pay grade, previous career, and internal politics than the actor's role in the show. I think the best example of this is The West Wing. In the early years, Rob Lowe was listed first because he was the biggest name aside from Sheen (who got the "and Martin Sheen"). When Lowe left and others were added, they were added in the middle of the credits. When Alda and Smits were added to the cast in the later seasons, they outranked (and probably out-earned) the rest of the ensemble (Whitford, Molina, Maloney, Janney, Spencer, etc.) and Alda therefore earned first billing (most prominent), Smits got "with" (3rd most prominent), and Sheen retained his "and."

A more convoluted example was the recent Kidnapped. Jeremy Sisto got first billing but Delroy Lindo, Dana Delaney, and Timothy Hutton EACH got a variation of "with," "and," & "So-and-so as such-and-such."

I'm guessing House hasn't gone the Lost all-alphabetical route because of an agreement with the original cast.

September 25 2008 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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