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Exclusive: 24 Plot Tossed, Production Delayed (New season to feature FEMALE President?)
TV Guide ^ | Jul 9, 2007 2:56 PM | Michael Ausiello

Posted on 07/14/2007 10:30:10 AM PDT by Bratch

Season 7 of 24 promises to be its tensest yet — at least on the set.

Execs at the Fox hit have scrapped virtually their entire story line for the season, delaying the start of production by roughly three weeks. According to sources, the 11th-hour time-out was called after the network put the kibosh on a costly plan to shoot a number of episodes in Africa. Producers briefly toyed with the idea of finding a location in Los Angeles that could sub for the continent, but they ultimately decided to ditch the whole concept and start over from scratch.

Although a Twentieth Century Fox spokesperson declined to comment, 24's expert scowler, Mary Lynn Rajskub, confirms that the clock for Day 7 has been reset. "I don't know what's going on over there, but they're going crazy," says the scene-stealer, who learned only last week that Chloe would be returning. "We usually start [back up] at the end of July, and I don't think we're starting until a couple of weeks into August now. It's kind of exciting, because I think [the postponement] means that they're really having to dig in there and come up with new stuff."

The show's creative team was no doubt already feeling the pressure: Day 6 was considered to be about as explosive as a wet firecracker, so for Season 7 they really needed a plot that was incendiary. In fact, news of the setback comes on the same day the semiannual Television Week critics' poll (in which yours truly participated) named 24 the second-worst show on TV, behind ABC's best-not-traveled October Road.

For more on 24's big rewrite — including what impact it'll have on plans to introduce the show's first female president — check out Ask Ausiello this Wednesday.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 24; chloe; cloe; hillary; jackbauer; womanpresident

For more on 24's big rewrite — including what impact it'll have on plans to introduce the show's first female president — check out Ask Ausiello this Wednesday.
Hillary?
1 posted on 07/14/2007 10:30:15 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch
Whatever they have to do to get '24' back on track. Hint to Cernow: a woman president ain't it. Jack going rogue and taking out X number of functionaries, traitors, and Congresscritters (but I repeat myself) would do nicely.

Anyone notice this 'reviewer's' obvious bias? Chloe is an 'expert scowler' and 'scene stealer', forsooth. And, Day 6 was pretty bad, but 2nd worst? Worse than 'Vegas'? Worse than the assorted faggy 'comedies'? Worse than bloody Katie Couric?? Worse than 'Close to Home' with that ice cream cone of a ditz? Worse than the always maudlin but oh, so PC 'L&O: Special Victims Unit'? I think not.

Geben sie mir ein BREAK, Schwanstucker!

2 posted on 07/14/2007 10:49:28 AM PDT by SAJ
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To: Bratch

Why not have a bald old President with a trophy wife!


3 posted on 07/14/2007 10:53:10 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Bratch
Hillary?

Obviously. I hope these people realize that we won't watch if they turn 24 into commie-vision agitprop for Hillary Clinton.
4 posted on 07/14/2007 11:11:45 AM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: Bratch

sounds like my favorite show will have the writers do an ad campaign for the piaps....

if this is the plot.....fox and 24 have lost a faithful fan!!!!


5 posted on 07/14/2007 11:15:59 AM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: Bratch

I just wonder how they’ll top last season. As for the critics voting “24” as “the second-worst show”, I wonder how much of that is pure left-wing bias.


6 posted on 07/14/2007 11:18:06 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Bratch

Wouldn’t it get the leftists’ panties in a bunch if the president was a black female Republican!


7 posted on 07/14/2007 11:19:23 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (The Democrat Party: radical Islam's last hope)
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To: Bratch

24 jumps the shark?


8 posted on 07/14/2007 11:19:44 AM PDT by airborne (If there were no polls, and you had to go on a candidate's record alone, who would you vote for?)
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To: Bratch
Let’s just hope it isn’t Wayne Palmer’s sister.
9 posted on 07/14/2007 11:22:27 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: Bratch
plans to introduce the show's first female president

Maybe ex-CinC Gina Davis offered to work for cheap.
10 posted on 07/14/2007 11:22:52 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Bratch

I will not watch


11 posted on 07/14/2007 11:30:14 AM PDT by TheRatExterminator
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To: Bratch

I was very late to the 24 party. Season 6 was the first time I watched the show. I loved it so much I ordered seasons 1-5 on DVD.

My husband & I have been watching 24 now every night after the kids go to bed. I don’t think we have ever been able to watch one show. We’re always saying at the end of one episode “just one more show”. I’ve been up til 2 in the morning watching 24. I am now about to start season 4.

Just because they depict a female President it doesn’t mean she will be depicted in the best light. Seasons 1-3 showed David Palmer as a flawed man. Wayne Palmer was shown to be weak on defense. I hear a President or two in seasons I haven’t watched were evil. I wouldn’t get upset if they have a woman President because they might not be too kind to her.


12 posted on 07/14/2007 11:31:32 AM PDT by Republican Red (The word "courage" is not in the liberal vocabulary)
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To: Bratch
...a costly plan to shoot a number of episodes in Africa.

Costly plan? I remember a low budget series that was supposed to be in FL, but it was filmed one season in Israel, and another in some forgotten African country that I had to look up at the time (and obviously still have to look up.)

Some of the cars, license plates, and street mail boxes gave an out of place look to the series.

So, without the editing and sets to pretend to look like Africa, wouldn't it be cheaper?

13 posted on 07/14/2007 11:32:06 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Bratch

The 5th season was the best followed by the first season and then the others have their moments.

I kind of hoped the show would end after one season because it seems so hard to keep that up for even a whole season but I enjoy it even when it’s not good. It’s just most of the first season and fifth seasons kept me on the edge of my seat while this last season didn’t really do that for me until near the end.


14 posted on 07/14/2007 11:33:30 AM PDT by Duke Nukum (Well, Harvey has overcome not only time and space, but any objections.)
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To: Duke Nukum
Last season broke the silly meter for me.

There are going to be two reactions to a nuclear bomb going off in a LA suburb: 1. everyone panics and tries to escape from LA, creating the largest traffic jam in the world. Jack will get nowhere except by helicopter. or 2. martial law is declared and the roads are shut down.

Instead it looked like Valencia being destroyed really didn't affect anyone's life. Maybe LA traffic was a little lighter than normal after the nuke.

Second, CTU get your act together. I'm tired of all the back biting and whining, much less random firings. Send Jack in to kneecap the first CTU member whose personal foibles gets in the way of getting the job done the ashes of Valencia float towards Nevada. And as for the firings, when was the last time a mid level civil servant was fired with less than 6 months worth of notice?

24 used to seem exciting, but last season just annoyed me.

15 posted on 07/14/2007 11:44:13 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (May the heirs of Charles Martel and Jan Sobieski rise up again to defend Europe.)
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To: Duke Nukum

I first picked up on “24” on Day 5. I then rented Day 1. Both were pretty good IMO. Right now, I still haven’t found the time to watch the last three hours of Day 6 that I have on tape. It kinda lost it’s luster last season.


16 posted on 07/14/2007 11:50:46 AM PDT by Roccus (Able Danger??? What's an Able Danger?????)
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To: KarlInOhio

I agree. Last season was in most places been-there-done-that and in other places not very well thought out - especially the reaction to a nuke. This season I think they should have Jack overseas taking out terrorists or working undercover or at least something a little different.


17 posted on 07/14/2007 11:54:59 AM PDT by loreldan (Without coffee I am nothing. Romney supporter for now...)
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To: Bratch
Personally, I've had enough. What is Jack's personal body count up to now, 185 over the course of 6 days? How many times has Jack "died" in those 6 days, 3? Security at CTU stinks worse than ever. Nukes, poison gas, bio weapons, presidential assasinations and coup d'etats. Dead wife, dead father, dead brother, maimed son-in-law, cougar threatened daughter... To say nothing of the 13,000 nuked, and the countless CTU redshirts.

I think I've jumped the shark. This season I'll watch Spongebob reruns instead.

18 posted on 07/14/2007 11:56:16 AM PDT by Ol' Sox
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To: silent_jonny
Hi buddy!

ping

19 posted on 07/14/2007 12:20:36 PM PDT by twin2
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To: Bratch

They better hurry and put enough episodes in the can before the Writer’s strike. They’ll have to double up on production. Not good news.


20 posted on 07/14/2007 12:25:22 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Ol' Sox

I don’t have a problem so much with the suspension of disbelief thing. I like the heroic aspects of Jack Bauer. What I do have a problem with is the pc-ness of this past season. It felt like we were being preached to. When I want a sermon I’ll go to church. They pull that stuff one more time & I’m done with them.


21 posted on 07/14/2007 12:34:59 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what Iíve done here today doesnít force you to have a negative opinion of meÖ.)
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To: Always Right
Why not have a bald old President with a trophy wife!

I like your line of thinking.

22 posted on 07/14/2007 12:36:54 PM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!


23 posted on 07/14/2007 12:39:55 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what Iíve done here today doesnít force you to have a negative opinion of meÖ.)
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To: Bratch

The real problem was that they couldn’t figure how to get Jack to Africa and back during commercial breaks.

“Jack, I’ll send the matter transference protocol to your PDA as soon as my water breaks.” — Chloe.


24 posted on 07/14/2007 12:41:48 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: COBOL2Java
a black female RepublicanMaybe one that also plays concert piano and speaks 5+ languages fluently? Sounds good to me!
25 posted on 07/14/2007 12:47:33 PM PDT by myprecious
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To: Bratch
I don't know what's going on over there, but they're going crazy

Doesn't matter. Last season jumped the shark so superlatively that you'd have to pay me to watch the next one week-to-week. If they recover and have a good season, I'll catch it on the DVD release.

26 posted on 07/14/2007 1:03:54 PM PDT by Lil'freeper (You do not have the plug-in required to view this tagline.)
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To: KarlInOhio
Last season broke the silly meter for me...

I understand what you're saying but I watch the show sort of philosophically. I mean, the plots have always been rather irrelevant on the way to the next explosion or hostage situation. For me the Silly meter broke Spoiler alert, I will change the font to white for people who don't wish to be accidentally spoiled of a silly plot complication (just highlight the white space to reveal the spoiler):

As I was saying, for me the silly meter broke when Chloe was protecting the secret the Chase had a baby. In fact, the whole strung out Jack Bauer seemed kind of silly to me.

Oh yes, and who can forget the silliness of Kim versus the Mountain Lion! Or even Amnesia Mom from the otherwise excellent first season?

But, in the end, it is only TV entertainment and you learn to roll with these things or find better ways to spend you time. Still it is hard to beat 24 for explosions. BSG has had some spectacular set pieces but then we get wrapped up in the soap opera because they spent too much money on those. So hour for hour, 24 is still the best hour of action on TV.

27 posted on 07/14/2007 1:11:22 PM PDT by Duke Nukum (Well, Harvey has overcome not only time and space, but any objections.)
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To: Bratch

Season 6 was pretty lame... but no worrys... . . . . . . .
JACK WILL ROCK IN 2008 !!

<img src=”http://www.jackbauerforpresident2008.com/i//Bauer_President_web.jpg";
... jack ROCKS!


28 posted on 07/14/2007 1:15:47 PM PDT by foldspace (Tom Delay is still not a criminal...)
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To: Bratch

The show needs to focus on killing Muslim/Euroweenie terrorists. I guarantee they’ll get higher ratings.


29 posted on 07/14/2007 1:16:50 PM PDT by wolfinator
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To: twin2; mystery-ak; EmilyGeiger; rintense; OXENinFLA; DollyCali; don-o
Day 6 was considered to be about as explosive as a wet firecracker

LOL!

Chloe: "It's kind of exciting, because I think [the postponement] means that they're really having to dig in there and come up with new stuff."

Hope that means no more Palmers, no more bluetooths and no more soap opera plots.

30 posted on 07/15/2007 6:12:16 AM PDT by silent_jonny (There's always one more thing you can do.)
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To: Always Right

Hmmm...that could be better than campaining!

Seriously, they gotta give up the soap opera crappola.


31 posted on 07/15/2007 6:19:34 AM PDT by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: silent_jonny
As we said on the Live Thread last time...

Worst Season Ever!

This is good news, I hope, that they will get that 24 mojo back working again.

32 posted on 07/15/2007 6:25:09 AM PDT by don-o (End Freepathons forever. Do the RIGHT thing. Become a monthly donor)
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To: Bratch
they ultimately decided to ditch the whole concept and start over from scratch.

That doesn't sound like fun.
33 posted on 07/15/2007 6:29:19 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Bratch
...put the kibosh on a costly plan to shoot a number of episodes in Africa. Producers briefly toyed with the idea of finding a location in Los Angeles that could sub for the continent...

Why didn't they set the season in Mexico? Then they could have filmed in Los Angeles.

34 posted on 07/15/2007 6:40:45 AM PDT by thesharkboy
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To: Bratch
“Hillary?”

No. But definitely typecast ......a well accomplished lesbian actress named Cherry Jones.
She was the cop in Gibson’s “Signs”.

35 posted on 07/22/2007 3:45:03 PM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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