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So you’re a Fox actor, but your show’s been cancelled or your character’s been killed off. What to do? Why, pop up in House, M.D., the reigning hotspot for Fox dayplayers waiting for their next pilot. I first noticed this trend when Leslie Hope (aka Teri Bauer from 24) popped up in a promo, apparently suffering from some boil-inducing medical mystery. Now Fox is proudly advertising a similarly bedridden performance by Sarah Clarke (aka Nina Myers from 24 — aka the woman who killed Teri Bauer). Luckily, 24 isn’t the only program to benefit from House, M.D.‘s generous network nepotism. Other Fox vets checking in under Dr. House’s watch are Dominic Purcell, late of John Doe, and Chi McBride, late of Boston Public, which is not to be confused with Boston Legal (or Boston Market for that matter).
While this sort of casting is far from anything new, it does leave us to speculate which other fallen Fox stars might show up on House, M.D.. Penny Johnson Jerald could mirror her work on 24 by playing an administrator’s wife who just happens to be complicit in a nuclear bomb attack. Or maybe Seth Green can return as a man fighting to save his puppet bunny’s limbs from gangrene. Elisha Cuthbert would be a perfect fit for that cougar-trap victim they’ve been trying to cast, and I’ve heard a rumor that Amanda Righetti is circling a role that has her playing a sexy but dangerous concierge/go-go dancer for the hospital. Doesn’t really make sense, but we’ll go with it. I personally would like to see a little Method and Red action, if only to precipitate several Redman/”Doc” puns. Well, actually, I just wanted to make a neat Photoshop picture.
Oh, and David Faustino, you can put down the phone. House, M.D. still doesn’t need you as an extra.