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Mary Lynn Rajskub on the End of '24,' Being a Mom and Her Stage Show

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 27th 2010 12:02PM
Mary Lynn RajskubWhen I spoke to Mary Lynn Rajskub last month, my originally scheduled interview time was pushed back a day because her publicist forgot that it was her birthday. So the publicist decided to give her a "day off," which she used to hang out with her husband and 23-month-old son.

It's the kind of birthday celebration she probably never imagined she'd have when she was in her twenties. "When I was younger, you used to look at your parents and be like, 'Why don't they want to go out?'" she said. "Now I realize, oh, it's not because they're boring, it's because once you're a parent, the best time is when you're just at home, the kid's asleep. That's an exciting night out. Why would I go anywhere?"

Parenthood is on the mind of Rajskub, who just wrapped up her run as CTU tech Chloe O'Brian on '24.' She's gone back to her comedy roots, starring in 'Mary Lynn Spreads Her Legs' at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles, which runs through August. In the very personal stage show, Rajskub talks about getting pregnant and the difficulty of being a new mother.

We talked about the show, how the character of Chloe developed, and why it's tough for her to get jobs. But first, I wanted to know what she used to do on her birthday before becoming a mom.

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NBC's 'The Event' Gets Huge Buzz at Comic Con

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 25th 2010 11:25AM
jason_ritter_The_event_nbc'The Event' deals with a young man -- Jason Ritter -- who's thrust into the middle of mystical game of espionage as he tries to find his missing girlfriend.

Most of the panel for the NBC series that's best described as part 'Lost' and part '24' was taken up by the screening of the show's pilot. Fans had only about 15 minutes for a moderator-conducted Q&A with the ensemble show's cast, which is headlined by Jason Ritter, Blair Underwood and Laura Innes.

But the good news is that If the crowd reaction was any indication, THIS is the must-see series of the fall. If you're still going through Jack Bauer and Jack Shephard withdrawal, trust us -- Ritter's Sean Walker is your new hero.

Each act break ended on a compelling cliffhanger, the biggest one was saved for the end of the show. Kudos to producers for informing viewers as to when a scene was set by starting each one off with "eight days ago" or "13 hours ago." It would be nice if 'Lost' had done that all shows with big casts and lots of flashbacks would do that.

Creator Nick Wauters explained that there are definitely elements of "mystery, sci-fi, thrillers, and a love story" to 'The Event.' "We wanted to create something that' has a little bit of something for everyone."

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'Glee' Mash-Ups: '30 Rock,' '24,' 'Grey's' and More

by Van Sias, posted Jun 12th 2010 4:00PM
30 Rock and Glee'Glee' has done for the mash-up -- blending two songs into one tune -- what Mr. T did for mohawks. It's taken something you didn't think about so much and elevated it into the pop culture stratosphere.

But what would happen if 'Glee' itself were to get mashed up with some of your favorite shows? Can you see Sue Sylvester mercilessly attacking Kenneth the page on '30 Rock'? I can.

Here's a look at a few "what if" pairings, and some song mash-ups to go along with the crossover.

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Four Thoughts on Season Finales

by Allison Waldman, posted May 27th 2010 11:21AM
big_bang_theory_season_finale_sheldonNow that some time has passed, here's a few thoughts about a few season finales -- including two series finales -- and what writers and producers might learn for future programs (Warning: Spoilers ahead!).

1. Stick to your strengths: 'The Big Bang Theory' smartly addressed the ongoing romance of Penny and Leonard in the finale, but kept us laughing at his and her frustrations over it. They didn't promise a reconciliation, but it sure implied that there's still a lot of simmering romance there. It wouldn't be surprising if they get back together in season four or not. That's smart writing.

They also stuck to their strengths by saving the best gag, Sheldon meeting the female Sheldon, for the pseudo-cliffhanger ending. You don't expect cliffhangers in sitcoms, but this one works. You can't wait to see if Sheldon will have a new relationship with this woman, or if it's just a fleeting social experiment for the scientists.

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'24' - '2:00PM - 4:00PM' Recap (Series Finale)

by Mike Moody, posted May 25th 2010 8:21AM

(S08E23 / S08E24
) Sayonara, Jack! '24' ended its run of real-time action with a swift and often gripping finale that wrapped up this season's storyline and left things wide open for a big screen follow up.

Unlike some other popular shows, '24's legacy won't rest solely on the events and quality of its final episodes. For one, we're told that Jack Bauer's story will continue with at least one movie already in pre-production. Second, the show will always be known as a pioneering suspense drama that gave us a new kind of hero and put the viewer uncomfortably close to the action.

Individual seasons of '24' stand alone and, as evidenced by the show's final moments, Jack Bauer is an unstoppable force both on TV and in real life. People will love him no matter what he did or said (or who he killed) before the final credits rolled.

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What Happens to Jack Bauer on the '24' Series Finale? (VIDEO)

by Sandra Deane, posted May 25th 2010 12:21AM
24 series finale video what happened to Jack BauerAt the end of the most intense two hours of his long and tortured life, Jack Bauer's final moments on the '24' (Mon. 8PM ET on Fox) series finale did not disappoint.

(Warning: Spoiler alert!)

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'24' Finale: The Clock Ticks Down

by Chris Harnick, posted May 24th 2010 4:30PM
24Jack Bauer has finally run out of time. Yes, tonight is the night that Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) wraps up his final day -- on TV that is.

'24,' the acclaimed thriller that launched the career of Elisha Cuthbert, gave us a black president and made Jack Bauer a household name may be ending on the small screen, but there are rumored big screen plans for our hero.

Here at TV Squad we've been lamenting the loss of our favorite action hero with several features devoted to Jack and his very long eight days.

Relive the glory of '24' by checking out the posts below, then come back to TV Squad and read the finale recap and watch the full episode again. Maybe this time you won't need tissues since you've seen the finale once.

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How to Throw a '24' Series Finale Party

by Kim Potts, posted May 24th 2010 8:01AM
Sure, 'Lost' is getting all the series finale love -- and viewing party planning -- this week, but the '24' devoted among us want to celebrate the end of our fave TV drama, too. And though bidding Jack Bauer and company adieu, soiree style, isn't as simple as slapping the Dharma logo on everything, here are 24 (of course) suggestions for arranging a fun '24' finale festivity.

1. Need a color scheme for your '24' theme party? Black, white and that funky yellow-y/orange-y color (what the Crayola folks call "Sunglow") are the colors we most associate with the show.

2. Guns, obviously, have been a big part of '24' action for all eight seasons. So, even though Jack Bauer and his CTU-ers don't seem to ever engage in mundane activities like eating or drinking or going to the little federal agent's room, surely they'd approve of this use of weaponry: Serve beverages in toy water guns.

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'24': The Top 5 Villains

by Kim Potts, posted May 20th 2010 9:00AM
In our continuing countdown to -- sniff, sniff -- the '24' series finale on May 24 (8M ET, Fox), here's a our list of the all-time most villainous Jack Bauer foes.

Nina Meyers
(Played by Sarah Clarke)
'24' seasons:
1-3
Why she's one of the bad guys: She was the first big traitorous villain in the series, betraying her co-workers and friends, committing numerous murders, dealing in biological weaponry and devastating every member of Jack Bauer's family.
Most evil moment: Killing Teri Bauer at the end of season one. True, it was the moment that defined '24' as the show that was going to go beyond the limits of what we were used to expecting from TV dramas. But it was also incredibly cruel. Nina had already betrayed Jack and Tony (both of whom she had also had affairs with), CTU and her country, and after the brutal day Teri had already suffered, it was tragic that she and Jack's unborn baby wouldn't survive it.

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'24' - '1:00PM - 2:00PM' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 18th 2010 10:38AM
24(S08E22) Jack Bauer finally came face to face with Charles Logan on last night's insane and compelling episode of '24.' It was a meeting that viewers had been looking forward to for weeks, and it didn't disappoint.

Nothing very shocking happened after Jack got his hands on Logan. The show gave us a bit of a breather after last week's sickening torture scene and instead offered a fun and tense moment with Logan whimpering at the sight of Jack's face and the sound of his voice.

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Scary Jack Bauer on '24' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 18th 2010 2:35AM
Scary Jack Bauer on '24''24' (Mon., 9PM ET on Fox) is ticking down to its series finale. As the show nears its conclusion, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is turning up the heat.

[Spoiler alert.]

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'24': The Top Five Heroes

by Kim Potts, posted May 17th 2010 11:00PM
It's just a week until Jack Bauer, '24's' all-time greatest hero, bids TV land adieu, and, call us crazy, we're actually going to feel a little less safe in the real world without our fictional good guy to wrangle the baddies. But Jack, of course, hasn't handled the villains alone, so here's our list of five other heroic types who've given Mr. Bauer an assist or two along the way.

Tony Almeida
(Played by Carlos Bernard)
'24' seasons: 1-5, 7
Why he's one of the good guys: Yes, ultimately, when last we saw him, Tony had definitely taken a turn for the evil (really Tony, killing poor Larry Moss?). But his decision to walk on the wicked side aside, for most of his years on the show, he was Jack's right-hand-man in heroic adventures. He, like Jack, was betrayed by the naughty Nina Meyers, but still managed to defend Jack and save Teri during season 1 (despite the fact that he wasn't, at that point, Jack's biggest fan).

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Dexter,' 'Gossip Girl,' and much more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 14th 2010 10:07AM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad at gmail dot com, or call and leave a message at (775) 640-8479. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: '24,' 'Dexter,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' and 'Lost.'

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'24' - '12:00PM - 1:00PM' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 11th 2010 8:08AM
24 12PM 1PM recap fox(S08E21) Jack Bauer got blood on his hands doing a little exploratory surgery last night on '24.' The show followed Jack's cold-blooded execution of Dana Walsh last week with one of the darkest and most grisly eps we've seen in a while.

It seems like Dirty Dana was right about our hero; he's in pure vendetta mode, and he's more concerned with slicing up and shooting everyone responsible for Renee's death than with seeking justice through the proper channels.

I'll admit that watching Jack spiral down this destructive path is pretty exciting. He's angry and unpredictable and his judgment is completely clouded by his dangerous emotional state. There's no telling what he's gonna do next.

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Torture on '24' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 11th 2010 2:35AM
Torture on '24'How far is too far, if you're a special agent? On '24' (Mon., 9PM ET on Fox), Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) goes all out to catch a killer -- and to avenge the death of a loved one. Does his quest for vengeance get the better of him?

[Spoiler alert.]

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