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The 'Twilight'-'24' Connection

by Moviefone Staff, posted Nov 16th 2011 7:00PM


At Bella and Edward's wedding in 'Breaking Dawn Part 1,' Bella's dad, Charlie Swan (Billy Burke), makes a somewhat-threatening toast, where he mentions he's very good at hunting people down -- if necessary. Edward, heed those words! Long before Burke played Kristen Stewart's loving dad and small-town sheriff in the 'Twilight' franchise, he was on the other side of the law as a brutal wife-murderer in '24.' As for Bella's doting mom, Renee (Sarah Clarke)? She was only Jack Bauer's most deadly nemesis.

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From Jack Bauer to Cylons, How Scripted Television Dealt With Sept. 11

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2011 12:30PM
Given the enormity of what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, it was natural that many television writers would spend the next decade working out what it meant in the stories they told. But the shows that grappled most directly with what it meant to live in a post-9/11 world (and I examine those shows in a bit more depth below) sometimes had a difficult time wrestling with the moral and political complexities of the age while still telling a gripping story. Who knew that a show about killer robots would be one of the most successful shows to combine concerns about terrorism with satisfying character drama?

Of course, in the relatively immediate aftermath of the tragedy, many scripted television shows had episodes or moments that paid tribute to what occurred on Sept. 11, including 'NYPD Blue,' 'Third Watch' and 'The West Wing,' among many others (and almost a decade later, 'Fringe' depicted still-standing twin towers in one of its most memorable moments).

Others programs dwelled on our longing for reassurance in a chaotic world in more oblique ways. 'Lost,' after all, depicted a plane crash, a struggle for survival and the difficulty of sustaining relationships in extreme circumstances, and 'Jericho' took our fears about the state of our union and amplified them in a variety of ways.

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A Recent History of Time-Jumping on TV

by Maggie Furlong & Jean Bentley, posted Jun 28th 2011 12:45PM
Weeds, True Blood, Time JumpingLast night's 'Weeds' saw our protagonists flash forward three years in the future, with pot-dealing housewife Nancy Botwin moving from prison to a halfway house in New York City. And on Sunday's 'True Blood' premiere, the residents of Bon Temps skipped ahead an entire year -- a major jump for the series, considering the first three seasons took place during the same month.

All that time-jumping got us thinking about other shows that have pulled the "skip forward" move to avoid awkward plot points. You know, like that time 'One Tree Hill' escaped those clunky college years, or when Melinda had a baby on 'Ghost Whisperer' that was suddenly five years old.

After the page jump, join us in a discussion of time jumps and whether or not they actually worked. (And before you comment-yell at us, this list does not include shows that routinely employ time travel, like 'Doctor Who' or 'Quantum Leap.')

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'Happy Endings' Slips in a '24' Easter Egg for Star Elisha Cuthbert (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 21st 2011 4:22AM
Elisha Cuthbert, 'Happy Endings' - 'Your Couples Friends & Neighbors'As 'Happy Endings' (Wed., 10PM ET on ABC) settled into its regular time-slot, the show threw a little nod out to the television series that brought star Elisha Cuthbert into the spotlight.

Still reeling after running out on her own wedding, Alex (Cuthbert) isn't ready to date. That's bad news for Penny (Casey Wilson from 'SNL'), because the blind double-date she set up just walked in the door. Doing some quick thinking, Penny tries to convince Alex that she is indeed ready to date.

When her first metaphor about a cougar trying to eat Alex doesn't work, she tries another approach.

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Jon Cassar Sets the Record Straight About 'The Kennedys'

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Apr 12th 2011 1:00PM


Jon Cassar, director and producer of seasons 1–7 of '24,' took on a new beast when he wrangled the miniseries 'The Kennedys' onto prime time as director. Inherently contentious and polarizing, documenting the Kennedy family for TV was bound to be a button-pusher and divider of critics. 'The Kennedys' did just that; TV pundits fall on one side of the fence or the other, and viewers either love it or hate it.

AOL Television caught up with Cassar to set the record straight about numerous rumors dogging the production and presentation of 'The Kennedys,' from the allegedly doctored viewer numbers to why the History Channel pulled out at the last minute.

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Gwyneth Paltrow to Cover Adele on 'Glee', 'What Not to Wear' Gets Season 9 and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 12th 2011 11:30AM
Gwyneth PaltrowAdele is getting the 'Glee' treatment, but not from a regular New Directions member.

According to Entertainment Weekly, 'Glee' guest star Gwyneth Paltrow will sing Adele's 'Turning Tables' from the British singer's hit album '21.'

When Paltrow debuted on the Fox series she was tasked with belting out Cee Lo Green's chart-topping 'Forget You.'

In other TV news ...

TLC has renewed 'What Not to Wear' for a ninth season. After a move from Friday to Tuesday nights, the series has maintained good numbers, around 1.2 million viewers per episode. Stacy London and Clinton Kelly will return for 26 new episodes starting in August. [Hollywood Reporter]

Jill Wagner is leaving 'Wipeout.' The co-host will leave after this summer's batch of episodes in order to focus on her acting career. She's appeared on 'Punk'd,' 'Monk' and 'Bones.' [TV Guide]

The 'Desperate Housewives' stars have signed a new deal, keeping them in place for a season 8. Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria will all make $325,000 per episode, up from $275,000. The deal is for one year with an option for a season 9. [TVLine]

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Arnold Schwarzenegger To Star In 'The Governator' Cartoon, Charlie Sheen Sued Again and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 31st 2011 6:00PM
Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Governator, EWAhhhnold is back -- on-screen, that is.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is following up his stint as governor of California by returning to his showbiz roots. According to Entertainment Weekly, the former Governator is being turned into a cartoon superhero called -- what else? -- The Governator.

Comic legend Stan Lee is co-developing the comic book and corresponding cartoon TV show. "The Governator is going to be a great superhero, but he'll also be Arnold Schwarzenegger," Lee told EW. "We're using all the personal elements of Arnold's life ... Only after he leaves the governor's office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood."

In other TV news ...

'Charmed' creator Constance M. Burge is suing over profits she says she's owed from the hit show. Burge says she's been cheated out of money due to what The Hollywood Reporter calls "faulty accounting." [THR]

Parker Posey will guest star on the new season of 'The Big C,' Showtime announced. The actress will play an older woman in a relationship with Cathy's son. She'll stick around for four episodes. [Showtime]

Charlie Sheen has been sued again -- but this time it has nothing to do with 'Two and a Half Men.' The troubled star and his family allegedly put the kibosh on a reality series starring uncle Joe Estevez, who's now suing them for interfering with the project. [THR]

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Which Shows are TV's Biggest Moneymakers?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 17th 2011 9:20AM
'American Idol' judgesForbes has unveiled its annual list of TV's Biggest Moneymakers, and it contains some really good news for Chuck Lorre -- three of his shows are in the Top 10 -- and some really bad news for NBC: None of their shows made the cut.

The top spot goes yet again to Fox's ratings juggernaut 'American Idol'. Pulling in $7.11 million of advertising revenue for each half hour it's on the air, 'Idol' is way ahead of its closest competitor, CBS's hit comedy 'Two and a Half Men.'

'Men' has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, and the future of the show is uncertain. Star Charlie Sheen's been fired, creator Chuck Lorre's said "I'm so outta here," and production's been stopped.

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'24' Producer Howard Gordon on His Three New TV Series, First Novel and the '24' Movie

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 23rd 2011 3:00PM
Howard Gordon 24If '24' producer Howard Gordon isn't the hardest working man in show business these days, we don't want to see the schedule of the guy who is.

While finishing the final season of the hit Kiefer Sutherland drama last year, Gordon also penned his first novel, 'Gideon's War,' a fantastic political and military thriller that pits Gideon Davis, a pacifist negotiator (yes, the anti-Jack Bauer), against his brother, a special ops agent who's gone rogue and taken a multi-million dollar oil rig hostage.

On his current slate, Gordon is completing a Showtime drama pilot -- 'Homeland' -- starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, about a CIA officer (Danes), who suspects a Marine sergeant (Lewis) is planning a terrorist attack when he resurfaces after going missing in Iraq for several years.

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Kiefer Sutherland Says '24' Movie May Shoot This Year

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 21st 2011 6:30AM
Kiefer SutherlandChloe O'Brien may have told Jack Bauer to "shut it down" in the series finale, but according to star Kiefer Sutherland, the '24' movie is back on.

He told 'Extra' that he hopes the movie may start shooting "hopefully by December or January," and that "it's something we're very excited about."

However, after making over 200 episodes of the TV series, Sutherland acknowledged the problems that have reportedly dogged the search for a suitable story and script. "It's very hard ... to try and find a story that's unique and will service the history of the show as well."

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Fox Scraps '24' Movie Script

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 3rd 2011 11:40AM
Kiefer Sutherland, 24Can Jack Bauer save the day? Not without a script.

According Entertainment Weekly, Fox has passed on a script by 'State of Play' writer Billy Ray. However, that doesn't mean the movie won't get made. '24' executive producer Howard Gordon told EW the project is still very much in the works.

"As far as I know, it is in suspended animation," Gordon said. "There is talk about re-approaching it. I understand (director/producer) Tony Scott is meeting with Kiefer to talk about ideas. People are still talking about it."

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End of the Road: TV Shows That Got Canceled or Retired in 2010

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 21st 2010 5:00PM
Lost
Sometimes, losing a TV show is like losing a close friend. You get used to seeing it every single week, and you can't imagine your life without those characters and that world.

Then again, sometimes a show just needs to end. Maybe it ran too long -- or just enough -- and it's actually OK that it wont' be on air anymore.

Here's the ultimate list of all of the shows that saw their last episode in 2010. (Note: these are just the shows that had their last episode this past year, not shows that have been canceled but still have episodes to air in 2011, such as 'Oprah' and 'Stargate Universe.')

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Goodbye to All That: A Final Farewell to '24,' 'Law & Order' and 'Lost'

by Ryan McGee, posted Dec 21st 2010 2:00PM
Law & OrderCountdown to Festivus on Dec. 23: On the third day of Festivus, TV gave to us ... three longtime shows that bid farewell.

2010 saw the premature end of many series. 'Terriers', 'Rubicon', 'Party Down', 'Better Off Ted' and a host of other programs went to that DVR box in the sky long before many of their fans were ready to see them go.

But three programs that helped define excellence in television over the past years also said farewell. 'Law & Order,' '24,' and 'Lost' all featured primary players named Jack (McCoy, Bauer and Shephard, respectively), but also share an indelible mark on the small screen landscape. In fact, very little was small about any of these entities.

While fans of the latter two shows knew about their respective, imminent demises, the loss of "Law & Order" after the completion of its 20th season came as a surprise to many of its fans.

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'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.

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Happy Techie Day! Our 10 Favorite Techies

by Sharon Knolle, posted Oct 3rd 2010 11:00AM
Chuck - Buy MoreHappy Techie Day!

In celebration of the day (sadly, it's not a national holiday), we drew up a list of some of our favorite hackers, forensics specialists, mad scientists, and gadget-wielding experts. They have all, in their own heroically geeky way, saved the day from serial killers, demons, vampires, global conspiracies, rogue spies or just boring old computer meltdowns.

Read on for our list of the smartest, savviest (and occasionally ass-kicking) techies to ever grace the airwaves. Don't see your favorite techie listed? Tell us your own!

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