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24 to scale back its torture scenes

by Meredith O'Brien, posted Feb 15th 2007 1:43PM
Graem and Phillip Bauer on 24 Forget about near-asphyxiation via plastic baggie.

Or drilling into someone's shoulder.

Or even inserting a knife into a guy's knee.

An executive producer for 24 told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the show will be scaling back its torture scenes, but not because human rights groups have objected to them. Instead, producer Howard Gordon said such scenes season have almost become cliche.

"What was once an extraordinary or exceptional moment is starting to feel a little trite," Gordon told the newspaper. "The idea of physical coercion or torture is no longer a novelty or surprise."

[Via Topix.net.]

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why does every good thing has to die. SHIT :( Jack bauer (God) isn't Jack bauer without those awesome torture scenes.

February 17 2007 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another good show bites the dust due to a vocal minority. P.C. at its worst.
They believe censorship is constitutional - as long as it furthers their left wing agenda.
All that evil needs to triumph is for good men to do no torture!

February 16 2007 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's AMAZING how people do not mind toture scenes, but when a "nipple" is flashed (Covered with a pastie at that) it's complete nationwide CHAOS and TURMOIL...People are hypocrites, have you noticed?

February 15 2007 at 10:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh Please. What a lame reason. The Feds want them to chill, so they are. Not because it's "trite", but because the REAL Jack Bauer said so LOL

February 15 2007 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the torture this season just doesn't make much sense. They need a guy to reprogram their nuclear device, so they torture him by hitting him in the head, depriving his brain of oxygen, and drilling into his shoulder? And they aren't concerned that they might mess up his head or make it impossible for him to type? It would have made more sense to me if they drilled into his knees or chopped off a foot.

February 15 2007 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All the outrage over this season's "torture scenes" is cracking me up. Like there isn't violence or gore on other mainstream tv shows? I think it was Bill Simmons on ESPN.com who jokingly questioned after seeing CSI and Criminal Minds ads if there were any hookers left alive in America. Also, if I'm right about where 24 is going this year, It's will turn out that these "torture scenes" were staged by Jack and his allies as part of a sting operation. What will the critics say then? That fake torture is unacceptable as well?

February 15 2007 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Even the nastiest kinds of torture become more and more boring the more you watch it.

February 15 2007 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

Coincidentally, this is kind of how I feel about many of the things House does lately. I just can't think of something he could do that would shock me.

"They say a straw can break a camel's back... Next week on House... What happens when a man reaches the breaking point... [Scene with House mowing down his team with an AK]... SOME...ONE....WILL....DIE!!!"

February 15 2007 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


damn you hippies!

February 15 2007 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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