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Terrorists Take Down CTU on '24' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 16th 2010 1:00AM
24, Jack BauerWe knew this was coming eventually. Terrorists took down CTU with an EMP bomb on '24' (Mon., 9PM ET on Fox).

We looked it up on Wikipedia, and EMP stands for electromagnetic pulse, which may or may not be nuclear, but would likely fry any nearby electrical equipment.

Let's just hope CTU took the advice of every geek on the planet and backed up all their computers to an off-site location. Then again, since they just established the new CTU not long ago, how much intel could they have? Chances are good that most of it's on Jack's PDA.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Terrorists Will Do Anything to Get Away From Jack Bauer (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 2nd 2010 4:45AM
24, Jack BauerTerrorists will do just about anything to get away from Jack Bauer, even if it means leaping to their death out of a high-story window. Yep, that's what happened on '24' (Mon., 9PM ET on Fox).

Come on, Jack. Even we saw that coming from our living rooms. What's the matter? Reflexes a little slow or something?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Reality TV gets serious with NBC's The Wanted

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 19th 2009 9:03AM
NBC's The Wanted is going after the world's terrorists.A new reality show premiering Monday is on a bit more serious quest than giving a D-list celebrity malaria or finding the next pop star. NBC's The Wanted is going after suspected terrorists and war criminals.

The show has already drawn its share of controversy as governmental officials say it could interfere in ongoing criminal and espionage investigations. Media critics are all over it, too -- calling it stunt journalism.

But, NBC is no stranger to such claims. Its investigations into alleged pedophiles on Dateline (To Catch a Predator) went from gritty reporting to police support to sensational pop culture phenomenon.

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Sleeper Cell: Fitna

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 16th 2006 10:33PM

Thekla Reutan as Mina in 'Sleeper Cell.'(S02E07) Wow... I'm not even sure how to react. Absolutely shocking. If it's even possible, I don't know how tomorrow night's finale could even top that. I'm sure it will, but that's a tall order. This was by far the best hour of this entire series up to this point.

All that being said, I'm still going to nit-pick a wee bit. The more I've been thinking about the whole Mina/Gayle thing, it's doesn't make complete sense to me. Why wasn't there a greater sense of urgency when Mina first made contact with Gayle? Russell and Co. decided to take advantage of this budding relationship, but why was it never considered a breach in Darwyn's cover? Technically it was, right? Even though Farik and Karrar had no idea who Darwyn really was, Mina's approaching Gayle should have signaled something to the FBI. Like I said, in retrospect, it just seems a little off to me. Regardless, the way it ended between those two (in the middle of nowhere) was gut-wrenching to watch. Darwyn's job got Gayle killed. How could you ever forgive yourself for that? I don't think I'd be able to.

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Sleeper Cell: Faith

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 13th 2006 10:08PM

Kevin Alejandro as Benny in 'Sleeper Cell.'(S02E04) This is turning out to be quite the mini-series. Plenty of twists and turns that I did not see coming, especially after the way last night's episode turned out. Sleeper Cell has been edgy since the beginning, but it would appear that nothing is off limits now.

The biggest development was Salim's story. I honestly did not expect him to turn out gay. I really thought his story was headed in a direction with Farrah and that their romance would lead to issues later on. I like the twist -- the scene in the gym completely caught be off guard. What I didn't like was how the revelation manifested itself. The entire story of Salim's disgust with the Muslim televangelist was a bit over the top. Not to mention the fact that it felt exactly like the story from last season when Christian killed that visiting scholar. It was the exact same progression. The only difference was that Darwyn was able to stop it this time around. From here on out it would appear that Salim won't be a problem anymore because Darwyn can hold that knowledge of Salim's preferences over his head. Unless Salim tries to revolt and take out Darwyn for good?

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Sleeper Cell: Torture

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 12th 2006 10:03PM

Oded Fehr (Farik) listens to episode director Vondie Curtis-Hall on the set of the Saudi prison.

(S02E03) Speechless. When the idea of television was first conceived, I don't think it was ever expected that it could feel this satisfying. Sleeper Cell is some of the best stuff out there, ranking with only a few other shows currently on and this, the thirteenth episode of the series, may well have been the best one yet. The simplicity of the episode title, "Torture," doesn't begin to describe the pains our characters went through.

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Sleeper Cell: Salesman

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 11th 2006 10:06PM

Omid Abtahi as Salim in 'Sleeper Cell.'(S02E02) This episode perfectly displays what I think most people had problems with during the first season. Sleeper Cell is still spectacular but it can be very uneven at times. I think this is partially the reason that Showtime doesn't air it on a weekly basis because I don't think it would hold the attention of picky television viewers. It's much easier to stay with a show like this when you know it will be completely done in a week's time. Again though, that doesn't mean it's not good. It's beyond good.

Taking the cue from season one episodes, "Scholar" and "Immigrant," this episode basically dealt with one person and what he could offer to the cell (surface-to-air missiles). In question was Hassani, a washed up Pakistani arms dealer who now barely got by in the US by driving a cab and running a tiny halal delicatessen. It was the circumstances surrounding Hassani that made it worth watching.

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Sleeper Cell: Al-Baqara (season premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 10th 2006 10:02PM

Oded Fehr stars as Farik in 'Sleeper Cell.'

(S02E01) Sleeper Cell is an incredibly impressive show. The first mini-series which aired a year ago was publicized quietly and didn't garner the attention it deserved until well after it had aired. Hopefully people are listening to the buzz this time around because Sleeper Cell is the closest thing Showtime has to HBO's The Wire. Yeah... it's that good. Visually impressive, rich in dialogue, a host of characters to love and despise. The list goes on. Not to mention the fact that it's topically relevant and due to it's place on a premium cable station, it can address the issues directly -- often to an uncomfortable extent. Something that a similarly themed broadcast network clock-ticking drama unfortunately can't compare to. Trust me. You owe it to yourself to be watching Sleeper Cell.

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CBS affiliates fear fines from 9/11 documentary

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 2nd 2006 3:10PM
world trade centerThe CBS network intends to re-air the 9/11 documentary made by French filmmakers Gedeon and Jules Naudet but, because it contains profanity, some affiliates are opting out. About 12 affiliates have chosen not to air the documentary and instead will air alternate programming and twelve others will air the documentary later at night when fewer children are watching. At least two dozen more affiliates are undecided about whether to air the two-hour program.

It's sad just how scared the FCC has everyone. I saw this documentary the first time it aired and I honestly don't remember any profanity. None. I'm sure it was there but... gee whiz... that has got to be the least disturbing part of the film.

The documentary airs, uncut, on most CBS affiliates on September 10th.

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She's baaaack!

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 13th 2006 8:03AM
By popular demand? I don't think so. Jack Bauer's daughter, Kim, returns to 24 tonight. First of all, she's going to be surprised to find out that her dad is alive. Then how will she react? Will she want her old job back at CTU? Who knows what storyline awaits Kim this season. She's already been tormented by a cougar and held hostage by a psycho in an underground bunker. I'm guessing she had a baby since Jack "died". Why not?

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