I was watching a Person of Interest episode a few weeks ago.

I noticed that the main star, Michael Emerson (who plays Harold Finch) was credited in the "With" part of the Starring credits.

Also, despite being in most of the season, John Nolan was credited as Guest Starring, as was Julian Ovenden, despite them being series regulars.

On Supergirl, despite being a series regular, Jenna Dewan Tatum gets Special Guest Star billing even though she has been in most of the episodes.

On The Catch, Elena Rusconi and Jamie Van Dyke (a woman, like Jamie Lee Curtis) were credited as Guest Starring despite being series regulars in the show.

How is this decided with the credits who gets to be in With/And Starring, Special Guest Star, Guest Starring?

If a show had 23 actors in it as regular characters [like the British show Casualty, Doctors have large casts] and they were in it nearly every episode [about 90-95% of the time] how do you think they would credit the actors? This hypothetical show would be a crime drama of sorts, like CSI or The Catch.

50% starring, 50% guest stars, or some other means?

Also, do some actors not named in opening credits, but who are main characters/integral to the show, just get shafted to the end credits if they can't fit them in the opening credits?

What shows have the longest list of Starring, And Starring etc.

Is it decided based on the actor's level of fame or some other way, is it arbitrary?

I would appreciate it if anyone knows why this is so.

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    Both Elena Rusconi and Jamie VanDyke have only been in three episodes of The Catch each... Jenna Tatum is only in 13 of 22 episodes of Supergirl... I think you're overestimating how much these actors are in the shows... to be a series regular, you need to be in every or nearly every episode of the show (for that season)...
    – Catija
    Jul 8, 2016 at 19:17
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    To follow on with Catija's comment: being a "series regular" is a contractual obligation that goes beyond just "being it lots of episodes"... AFAIK e.g. Jenna Tatum was not a series regular on S1 of Supergirl and I have heard no indication that she's being promoted on S2.
    – KutuluMike
    Jul 8, 2016 at 20:06
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    Of 103 episodes of "Person of Interest" John Nolan appeared in 28, Julian Ovenden in 7, so I don't know why you would consider them series regulars.
    – Oliver_C
    Jul 8, 2016 at 20:37


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