Anyone else notice the actor rollover?

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  1. Brett_A

    Brett_A Stunt Coordinator

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    Between Oz and Law and Order SVU? I have seen at least 5 actors from Oz get leads roles or start doing work on L&O. Kinda weird seeing a bunch of characters from a different series all wind up on a different show.

    Do they share the same casting people or something?
     
  2. Jason Seaver

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    No, but both do shoot in New York City, as opposed to Los Angeles. So, both wind up drawing from a different pool of actors than the L.A.-based shows.

    (And IMDB only shows three actors in common - Chris Meloni, B.D. Wong, and Dean Winters - although that may not include folks who were guest stars in one or both shows)
     
  3. Brett_A

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    Yeah not all the people I have seen are regulars but guest stars. I have never seen it so many rollovers in one series to another though, maybe they can get away with it since Oz is a premium network show and isn't exposed to as many viewers.
     
  4. Michael Reuben

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    J.K. Simmons (a/k/a Vern Schillinger) had a recurring role on SVU as a department shrink (!) before B.D. Wong's character became a regular. Anthony Chisholm (a/k/a Redding, Augustus Hill's "mentor") showed up just last night as a prisoner on death row. I'm sure I've seen other Oz crossovers as guest stars, but I can't remember them.

    100 Centre Street, another show that shoots in New York, also draws from the same pool, and a number of Oz regulars have popped up -- most recently the aforementioned Anthony Chisholm playing a homeless man accused of manslaughter after an emergency worker dies in a fire.

    M.
     
  5. Mike Graham

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    If you really want to see actor rollover , check out episodes of "The X-Files", "Millennium" and "Harsh Realm."

    All of them were shot in Vancouver at one time or another, and share a lot of the same production staff. It seemed like every episode of Millennium or Realm had some actor who had been in some episode of the X-Files. Hell, Terry O'Quinn had to leading roles in Millennium and Harsh Realm, and played three different roles in the X-Files alone!
     
  6. Michael Reuben

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  7. Scooter

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    Actually..if you look at the quality shows...E.R., The X-Files, NYPD Blue, The Practice, etc. you will see a LOT of the same actors from show to show. Better quality show = higher calibre actor!

    Chris Carter is not the only one running a repertory company...Steven Bochco is very loyal to actors who have appeared on his shows.
     
  8. Joseph DeMartino

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    And the pool of TV directors with film experience in New York is even smaller than the actor pool - so all these shows probably use many of the same directors, each of whom will have his/her favorite actors and recommend them for parts in episodes. If the producers like an actor they'll ask him or her back. The original L&O itself has used the same actor in different roles a number of times over the years. (Including Jerry Orbach who originally appeared in a guest-shot as a defense attorney. The producers liked him, and when a part opened up for an older cop, he got the call.)
    With the multiple reruns of the show (especially the older and middle episodes on A&E and the newer ones on TNT) it is fun to sometimes see an actor playing a cop or a convict at 7 PM, then turn up as a judge or a witness at 8. [​IMG]
    Babylon 5 used to do this all the time, usually putting a returning actor under alien makeup (or having one who previously appeared as an alien return as a human.) Wayne Alexander guest-starred something like 13 or 14 times between B5 and Crusade, and only played the same character in four or five episodes.
    Regards,
    Joe
     

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