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This week's cover: Jack Bauer and '24' are back, dammit!

Jack Bauer never dies — he just waits until a U.S. president is being shadowed by an assassin, so he comes out of hiding to torture the bad guys (quite literally).

In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, West Coast News Editor Lynette Rice talks with Kiefer Sutherland and the creators of 24 about the May 5 premiere of Live Another Day, an abbreviated version of the classic 24-episode tale that spends a day in the life of TV’s most-beloved (anti)hero. Unlike the drama’s eight, heart-stopping seasons on Fox, this latest iteration will only feature 12 installments — a much easier way to tell an action-packed story about an ex-government agent who never sleeps (or seems to ever use the commode). READ FULL STORY

'Heroes: Reborn': We are never, ever getting back together. Probably.

In a more fair world, one where television shows are not judged by the announcement of their intention to exist but instead by the content of the episodes they produce (which is to say, a world without Twitter), we would keep our mouths shut and wait for Heroes: Reborn to hit the airwaves next year before deeming it the mediocre thing it has every chance of being. But my editors tell me that taking a respite from obsessing over True Detective “might be healthy” for me. And anyways, there are some legit things to fret in theory about the prospect and potential of Heroes: Reborn. READ FULL STORY

Fox 25 years later: How the network changed the world

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

Kiefer Sutherland talks '24' movie: 'If we have to wait a little longer, we will'

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

The Best TV Character Deaths of 2010

2010-deathsImage Credit: Michael Courtney/FoxOn TV, death is a good thing. Death shakes up the status quo. Death eliminates annoying characters, and it sends off beloved characters with an emotionally-explosive bang. The threat of main-character death has hovered over some of the greatest TV shows of the last ten years. Some shows, like 24, practically made a game out of their gleeful employment of the Death Twist, an out-of-nowhere elimination of an apparently central character. (Be honest: you had a couple bets going on who would die in the Lost finale, right?) Killing off a main character can be just a cheap gimmick, but when it’s done well, it can be incredibly moving. It can even revitalize a show. (See: Grey’s Anatomy, post-bloodbath.)

For our round-up of the best character expirations on TV this year, we focused exclusively on characters that were, if not series regulars, at least important parts of an ensemble — our (perhaps arbitrary) cut-off was that the character must have appeared on at least four episodes before expiring. By nature, this list skews towards drama, but it’s not all dour. On TV at least, death can be pretty funny. As you might expect, this post is SPOILER ALERT central, so if you’re worried, just click down to the comments right now and tell us your favorite deaths from 2010. Otherwise, check out the list after the jump… READ FULL STORY

'24' marathon for money: How long could you last?

24Image Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FoxHow 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 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.

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

Who is the best TV president?

TV-PresidentsImage Credit: Joseph Viles/NBC; Gale Adler/ABC; Kelsey McNeal/Fox; Isabella Vosmikova/Fox; Justin Stephens/SyFy; Paul Drinkwater/NBCHail to the chief, he’s the chief and he needs hailing. Last night, Blair Underwood entered the hallowed pantheon of TV commanders in chief, but his President Martinez has a lot of work to do on The Event if he wants to truly be one of the greats. Is he as smart and funny as Josiah “Jed” Bartlet? As committed and ethical as Laura Roslin? As independent and determined as Mackenzie Allen? David Palmer’s the quintessential decider; Allison Taylor the secretly pragmatic idealist. And then there’s the weasely Charles Logan — maybe not a great leader, but oh what a TV character.

So here it is, PopWatchers: Election day! Who is the greatest TV president?

'24' producers team up for Showtime POW drama

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?

Emmy Awards 2010: What you didn't see on TV

Rickey-Gervais-EmmysImage Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBCAs I arrived at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles for the 2010 Emmy Awards, the first thing I saw stepping out of the car was Dr. Horrible. There he was, bigger than life, soundlessly sermonizing above the Emmys red carpet on one of the several dozen jumbo-screens populating the L.A. Live complex that plays home to the Nokia. The moment turned out not to be a fortuitous prognostication of Neil Patrick Harris’ Emmy fortunes; it was simply part of a replay of last year’s Emmys, when Dr. Horrible (NPH) and Capt. Hammer (Nathan Fillion) did a little sketch on the emergence of web-only content. But it was a welcome sight anyhow, and presaged a (mostly) enjoyable Emmys evening inside the Nokia. The immense, cavernous, two-humpback-whales-could-fit-inside-of-it-comfortably-and-still-have-enough-room-for-a-small-fleet-of-school-buses Nokia.

The Nokia is so gargantuan, in fact, that this on-the-scene, what-you-didn’t-see-on-TV recap simply won’t be quite as detail-drenched as our American Idol on-the-scene recaps in the spring. Even the Idol finale at the Nokia nets more juicy detail for the simple fact that the judges are on a raised platform and a semi-conscious monkey could make them out with no difficulty. But despite the fact that even my most excellent seat in the Orchestra section of the Nokia (row BB!) still put me a good 12 parsecs away from the stage and all the commingling A-listers in the front rows, I’ve still gots a heaping helping of fun/revealing/foolish on-the-scenery for you to chew on. READ FULL STORY

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