I have just realised that as well as "House MD", "The Wire" also has a British lead (or at least the first series did, no idea now)
What is going on, do you Elmers not have any good actors of your own
Surely there must be union problems or something?
Even when the character is foreign here, we still use (in the main) our own actors. To be fair that is probably because we cannot get any Americans to work for crap pay and put up with our food for 6 months, (stop moaning and eat your black pudding) a la "Band of Brothers", but do they lack a certain sense of adventure also?