The Lopping off of the TV Credits
When I was a teenager, I dabbled in fan fiction for Voyage to the Bottom of Sea. The show had was rerun on KTLA at the same time as Star Trek in Los Angeles. I decided to write a concordance for all the episodes, and one of the important parts of that was getting all the credits included and finding what else those people had been in. So I wrote down all the credits as they rolled past.
Now we have sites like the Internet Movie Database that record the casts for everyone to see. But many of the credits are disappearing entirely from the end of shows, and even the opening credits are vanishing too — all in favor of squeezing in one more commercial. I was a watching a rerun of a show, and the station added the credits over the ending of the episode, squashed into tiny print that might be readable on a big movie screen.
And it’s just plain wrong. It’s like saying that you can’t put the author’s name on a book because advertising has to go in it’s place. It devalues the creator’s role. Unfortunately, the only place we see the credits now is if watch the DVDs of the shows.
These are some of the actors I collected credits on. I would like to have women included in here, but Voyage did not have a lot of women on the show, and most of them weren’t that memorable career-wise:
- Eddie Albert: Well-known for Green Acres. But I got a chance to see him and shake his hand when he came to Washington, DC for the opening of the Navy Memorial fountain. He died not too long after that.
- Michael Ansara: He, of course, played Kang the Klingon on Star Trek, a role only he could have made memorable. He had wonderful voice and manner, and I always liked him as an actor. I was able to hear him speak in 1997 when he attended his first con, and he was a gentleman.
- Michael Constantine: He starred in Room 222. I met him in Los Angeles. You always think of actors as being somehow above things, but he was very down to earth.
- Vincent Price: Seriously, who doesn’t know who he is? He was in a lot of the movies I watched growing up, and he played a character who had a romance with Julie on the Mod Squad.
- Marco Lopez: He went on to appear as a regular in the TV series Emergency. It was cool to realize a Hispanic actor got on a show in the 1960s and wasn’t just a stereotype, even if the roles often didn’t have dialogue.
- George Takei: He starred on Star Trek and is still active in the industry today. He has a book called Oh Myyy out.