Inside Move: ‘Prison’ music strikes a chord

Fox skein can't get its 'House' in order

The producers of Fox dramas “Prison Break” and “House” apparently share similar tastes in music.

Final act of Monday night’s “Break” featured an extended montage accompanied by the 1998 Massive Attack tune “Teardrop.” It was all a build-up to next week’s pivotal episode in which the show’s prisoners finally break out.

Just one thing: The song used during the scene happens to be the theme for another Fox drama, the Tuesday night smash “House.”

While it might seem like Fox was trying to subliminally hype “House” in “Prison Break,” network and studio execs say it was just a coincidence.

“The music supervisor for ‘Prison Break’ didn’t know it was the theme song for ‘House,’ ” said a rep for 20th Century Fox TV, which produces “Break.” And since the producers of “House” don’t have exclusive rights to the song — which has been used in numerous TV and film projects –there were no clearance issues to prevent “Break” from using “Teardrop.”

While “House” airs on Fox, the show is produced by NBC Universal Television Studio, which might explain why nobody at 20th caught the song situation.

But what about execs at the Fox network, which airs both shows? Even if different suits oversee the two shows, it would seem logical that the person in charge of “Prison Break” would have seen at least a few episodes of “House.”

A Fox rep had no comment.

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