Though it actually launched on Oct. 9, 1986, Fox is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend with a primetime extravaganza featuring such stars of yesteryear as Calista Flockhart, Gabrielle Carteris, Ian Ziering, and David Faustino. Before tomorrow night’s broadcast, we thought it appropriate to take a look back at how the network has changed the pop culture landscape in the last quarter century. READ FULL STORY
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With an already vague release date of “2012″ (what if it’s opening right now?), fans of 24 are forced to anxiously guess as to when Jack Bauer will actually hit the big screen — and star Kiefer Sutherland isn’t making things any easier. During his visit to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Thursday, Sutherland — who had previously stated that the 24 movie could begin shooting as early as April – revealed that due to timing issues they may have to reset the clock on a start date for the (presumably cougar-free) production. READ FULL STORY
Can 'Alcatraz,' 'The River,' 'Touch,' or 'Awake' make genre television successful on a broadcast network?
Around the midpoint of the last decade, broadcast television was seriously geeking out. The gradual success (and massive DVD sales) of 24 proved that viewers were interested in complicated story lines; the breakout success of Lost proved that viewers were even more interested in complicated story lines with some kind of sci-fi-fantasy twist. Respectable broadcast networks were suddenly greenlighting TV shows that sound like bad Image comic books from the ’90s: Does anyone actually remember Threshold, Surface, or Journeyman? READ FULL STORY
LA Times reports, 100 participants were put inside a glass box yesterday, and they’re currently competing to see who can last the longest watching the complete, 8-season, roughly 150-hour run of 24. The fan who lasts the longest will win $10,000, and will also experience the pleasure of hearing Jack Bauer say “Dammit!” and “Wheeeeeere!?!?!?!” an estimated 5 million times.How much 24 can you handle at once? My personal record stands at about 11 hours — I watched the last two-thirds of season 3 in one sitting. (After Nina and the Evil British Dude arrived, and everyone forgot about the Mexican druglord brothers, things got awesome.) But that’s nothing compared to the marathon championship taking place right now in Hollywood: As the
Now, preparing for a 24 marathon takes a lot of mental toughness. Seasons vary wildly in quality. Watching an entire season all at once forces you to grapple with logical flaws that naturally accrue over a sustained 24-episode narrative. (See: Season 4, where the terrorists kidnap the Secretary of Defense so they can cause a nuclear meltdown to distract the Air Force long enough to shoot a missile at Air Force One, which is just a distraction for firing a nuclear missile. Also, China.) READ FULL STORY
As if the joy of the fall TV season really starting weren’t enough, this time of year brings news about upcoming projects that all sound awesome. To wit: Showtime’s possible new series, possibly called Homeland. According to Variety, Homeland is a “conspiracy thriller drama” about “the release of a U.S. soldier after a long period in captivity as a prisoner of war.” The yet-uncast soldier had been presumed dead, but his release is slightly less than peachy: “a female CIA agent becomes convinced that he has become a rogue agent now focused on aiding the enemy.” 24‘s Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa are behind the show, which means we can expect a lot of tension, intrigue, and gruesome violence. Joy! I’m one of the only people who liked Showtime’s Sleeper Cell five years ago, but I really liked it, so this is pretty much my dream series.
What about you, PopWatchers? Are you burned out on shows about CIA agents? Or does Homeland sound appropriately thrilling?
Fox plans to replace 24 next season: A new cop drama from The Shield’s Shawn Ryan! A police drama set in Chicago doesn’t sound quite as sexy as Kiefer Sutherland saving the world in a 24-hour period, but I’m going to reserve judgment until I see what Jason Clarke (Brotherhood) will bring to the badge – and whether Ryan will serve up some of that true grit that we came to love from his FX drama. READ FULL STORYFirst things first: I trust that, by now, you’ve read how
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