Question: There's a series of fairly cheesy horror movies that started in the 1980s with House. There's a House 2 and a House 4, but I've never even heard of a "House 3." Did they just skip over it?
Answer: Not exactly. As you say, a look at "House" titles yields House (1986), followed by House II: The Second Story (1987) and House IV (1992), but no "House III." Which is not because "House III" was skipped over but because it was released in the U.S. as The Horror Show (1989). Sean S. Cunningham, who produced the Friday the 13th series, was also behind the House films and envisioned them all as stand-alones with no continuing characters or locations, just a franchise name (which was also the way he thought the Friday films should go; to his credit, he's often said that that just goes to show what he knows). But things
Now that the dust has settled a bit on all the 2006 mid-season changes that will be kicking in as soon as the holidays are over, here's my night-by-night scorecard of the imminent battles we'll be covering a month or so from now.
The big news is the return of 24 on Fox, with a four-hour blast January 15-16, followed by all-new episodes through the rest of the season. For the first two months, Skating with Celebrities (a rip-off of Dancing with the Stars) will be 24's lead-in. But come mid-March, Prison Break will return. What a one-two punch that promises to be!
CBS will coast along by capping off its popular comedies with