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"24" Picks its Female President

"24" Picks its Female President

Jack Bauer's world on "24" has its new leader: President Allison Taylor. Fox confirmed at the TCA press tour on Sunday that the show has, indeed, elected a female president to take office when Day 7 begins in January. Stage veteran Cherry Jones, a Tony winner who has also appeared in movies including Ocean's Twelve, will play the new commander in chief.

Another interesting "24" tidbit from Fox's executive session: Network entertainment chairman Peter Liguori said he wouldn't call the past season of "24" a disappointment, despite its critical fall from grace. He said that while the show might feel disorganized at times, that's because it's "a living beast," and the audience enjoys being a part of that. He added:

I feel like part of the high-wire act is their process. There is a specific energy that goes into creating a season of "24." It's a little bit like war strategy, I guess. ... You have a big strategy, the first bullet goes off, the war strategy goes out the window.

So, "24" fans, what do you think? Is it comforting or disconcerting to know the producers are, to some extent, making it up as they go along?


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Maria-M Maria-M 8 years
A female president, that's interesting... I'm waiting for season 6 anyway...
demeter demeter 8 years
I love 24. I think it would be awesome to see a woman president on there. Our first president was a black guy and he was my second favorite character on there so I think they'll do well with the woman.
radarkitty radarkitty 8 years
Interesting they are going for a female president the season right before the big election....are they showing their personal predictions?!
sumbum sumbum 8 years
OOh i think Cherry's great, i love loved her in "divine secrets of the ya-ya sisterhood". is she still w/ sarah paulson?
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
I love Cherry Jones -- and I love that an out lesbian is getting a mainstream role. Kick arse, Cherry!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Peter Liguori's tepid "defense" of this season's "24" seems to acknowledge that there is much room for improved writing and acting. Adding Cherry Jones to the cast should help. She is a wonderful actress. Her live theater performances are always outstanding (and she graduated from CMU in Pittsburgh--an added bonus for us western Pennsylvanians!)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
Oh wow! Linus's mom!!!!
Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 8 years
I really like Cherry Jones. She was esp. good in The Village.
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