'24' Cast Members Reunite for Marathon Event
by Michael Maloney, posted Dec 6th 2010 3:00PM
The non-stop action on '24' often left viewers wondering when (or even if) Jack Bauer ever went to the bathroom. Fortunately, fans of the hit series who are taking part right now in a viewing marathon of the show at the Hollywood/Highland complex in Hollywood get restroom breaks every four hours.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment sponsored the marathon session to promote the series DVD box set release on Dec. 14. Another goal is to break the Guinness World Record by having viewers screen all eight seasons of the Kiefer Sutherland-starring series. (The last viewer
Sutherland wasn't on hand for the event, but he did send a video message thanking fans for their support of the show.
TV Squad was on the scene to talk to '24' cast members about what they've been up to since the Counter Terrorist Unit closed its doors and which series they'd watch from beginning to end (in addition to '24,' of course!).
He played: President Charles Logan, Days 4, 6, 7, and 8.
What he's doing now: "I'm very lucky. President Logan has opened many doors for me. (Laughs) I consistently play white collar [expletives.] I'm in 9 out of 10 episodes of [the next season] of 'Big Love' as a Mormon politician, a nemesis to Bill Pullman's character. Jean [Smart, who played my wife Martha on '24'] and I talk occasionally. I wish someone would come up with a sitcom for us to do called 'The Logans.'"
Which series he'd watch a marathon of: "I don't know that I'd be patient enough or eager enough to do that for any show. Maybe for 'The Sopranos' or 'Six Feet Under?' I could do it for 'Nurse Jackie.' That's one of the best shows on TV. It actually would be fun as long as I was fed and had the chance to go to the bathroom."
He played: Tony Almeida, Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.
What he's doing now: "I'm producing and starring in a pilot with Deran Sarafian ('House.') It's called 'The Blue Wall' and is the true story of an ex-police officer who was chosen by New York mayor David Dinkins to go after corrupt cops. It's a really interesting story. We'll see what happens. I still get recognized as Tony. People yell out, 'Hey, Tony!' That's good. It means they enjoyed me on '24.'"
Which series he'd watch a marathon of: "'Dexter.' I like that show. It has great acting, great writing and really strong directing. That's one of the few shows that I watch."
She played: Dalia Hassan, Day 8
What she's doing now: "I play Isabelle on 'The Event.' She's quite different from Dalia, but the shows are similar in that I get the scripts and I don't know what's going to happen. I was on the set when we found out we [got a full season order.] It was a celebratory moment. I'm also doing the 'Bangal Tiger at the Bagad Theater' and shot an independent movie called 'Meth Head.' But you wouldn't need [meth] to sit through a '24' marathon -- just a box of popcorn."
What series she'd watch a marathon of: "'Three's Company.' I know every episode by heart having watched them on Nick at Nite. I'm working with Jason Ritter [the son of late the late John Ritter] on 'The Event.' He's such a wonderful actor with a youthful charm, just like his father had. He's got those 'Ritter genes.' He's really cool."
Lou Diamond Phillips
He played: Mark DeSalvo, Day 1
What he's doing now: "We just finished season 2 of 'Stargate Universe.' The 10th episode just aired. My character is back on the ship. We'll pick up again with episode 11 in the spring. People tend to marathon 'Stargate,' too. I also did a [untitled] pilot for Lifetime with Sherry Stringfield and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. They play homicide detective partners and I'm their lieutenant. We should hear [about a pick-up] in the next month or so.
Which series he'd watch a marathon of: "I'd have to go way back to something like 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' or the original version of 'The Prisoner.' I do think that '24' is the perfect show to marathon. It changed the landscape of television."
Jon Cassar (executive producer/director)
On '24's' success: "The show was so popular because of the relationships. It was about a dad, his daughter and the people he worked with. I get a little insulted when people call us 'an action show.' We wouldn't have lasted eight years if that were the case. The show was about relationships. Also, our writers realized very quickly that they had to keep the pace at a level that had never been seen on TV."
What he's doing now: "I'm doing a miniseries called 'The Kennedys' for the History Channel. It'll be on in the spring and is their first scripted drama. It stars Greg Kinnear as John Kennedy, Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy and Tom Wilkinson as Joe [Sr.] We're still in editing. Then, I'm back with Fox for the series 'Terra Nova.'"
Which series he'd watch a marathon of: "It'd have to be a show I'd never seen. I'd do a marathon of 'The Wire.' I've heard great things about that show [but] I think I'd be done in 8 hours. Good luck to [the '24' marathoners!]"