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''Ed'' gets a new theme song

The Foo Fighters tune wasn’t theirs to keep

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Tom Cavanagh

If NBC’s Ed (Tom Cavanagh) doesn’t appear to be whistling a happy tune these days, here’s a possible reason why: His theme song has changed. Last season, ”Ed” creators Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman chose the upbeat Foo Fighters song ”Next Year” to introduce audiences to the you-can-go-home-again drama, despite warnings from production company Viacom that they couldn’t keep the song. ”They must own [the rights to] the theme song, and [Viacom] made it clear to us that we’d someday have to change it,” says Burnett.

That day came Oct. 10, when season 2 of ”Ed” launched to the strains of a far more somber tune: ”Moment in the Sun” by Clem Snide. ”It was a difficult task to replace something so beloved,” admits Burnett. ”We wanted to stay away from a knockoff of Foo Fighters, but perhaps we went too far in another direction. But it’s growing on people.”