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Image Credit: Ray Mickshaw/Fox; Frank Micelotta/FoxSPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to watch the 24 series finale, stop reading now. Executive Producer Howard Gordon may reveal information that you don’t want to know until you’ve watched the entire two-hour goodbye, so leave this page ASAP!
Okay, you’ve been warned…
Much about the eighth and final season of 24 may have tried your patience — Dana Walsh, President Taylor’s tap dance on the Constitution, Jack’s attraction to the once hard-hearted, now all-gooey-inside Renee. Fortunately, Executive Producer Howard Gordon — like Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer — is a thick-skinned man who knows what he wants and makes no apologies. Here, the veteran writer who’s been on the show since the beginning talks about preparing for the show’s series finale, why he left some characters on the cutting room floor this season (sorry, Aaron Pierce and Tony Almeida!) and how the finale will tee up the 24 movie.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you know at the beginning of the season that you wanted Jack looking up at a drone and saying goodbye to Chloe in the end?
HOWARD GORDON: Definitely not. That was something we came to fairly later in the game. And it was an image I was certainly searching for all year but not one that I found until the very end.
What about Jack going completely off the rails?
Yes, that was very much designed from the beginning. How it would end, however, was something that was really unknown. I saw a little bit further ahead than I generally do, and we wanted to knit Jack and Renee together, only to take them apart, and for that to have a really profound effect on Jack. That’s about as far as we knew in the broad strokes. How that was going to happen, and how it would impact Allison Taylor and Chloe — those were late-to-the-party additions that I think helped bolster that initial idea.
Did you know at the start of the season that the Russians would be the ultimate villains?
So you didn’t know at the beginning that President Taylor would go to the dark side with Logan?
There was some other mid-season purpose for her, but I can’t remember. But even in the beginning, I told her I didn’t have much of a part for her. My initial impulse, and our initial impulse, was that there was no more story to tell. That she, this character, had pretty much exhausted her story. And we needed her mostly to tee-up Omar Hassan, and help ennoble him as a character, rather than you know, step front and center stage herself. So the idea was always to have her at the edges of the stage, teeing up this character, and as it turned out, she became a profound player in the drama. It’s not just the death of Renee so much as it is the deprivation of justice that gets Jack to this place. I think it’s really important to look at those two as being, you know, a flip side to the same coin.
You entered treacherous territory with Taylor because you originally set her up to be a principled president.
Yeah, it was a big challenge. I know she was surprised, and she was such a great sport, and such a phenomenal actor. But I have to say, it was challenging both to write and then to communicate to her what we were trying to do.
Did you expect to get push back from fans?
You do this long enough and you start realizing that you are going to get push back for everything. You are not going to win everywhere. There are going to be unhappy people no matter what, and that’s part of the challenge of doing a show for this long. I think that I would be hard-pressed to look at a show that has kept its fan base completely happy for its entire long run, particularly one that’s serialized.
You killed off a lot of key people this year.
That’s not what we set out to do but there was a kind of a go-for-broke aspect to this year, so we felt freer to do some extreme behavior, some extreme things. I really hope that we never merged into the place where it was gratuitous, or sensational, or hysterical. I felt like the deaths that occurred were ones that were justified by the story.
The gut-wrenching scene with Pavel, Renee’s killer — what did that get you?
That was a combination of a conversation with Kiefer and a way to dramatize that Jack had actually stepped over the line, and had gone to a red zone. We knew it was going to be a risk. Kiefer really went for it. It was a grotesque ballet that he wound up dancing.
Why did you have Jack fall for Renee?
The human connections that Jack has really makes the seasons stronger. What he wants, and who he wants it with, is really important. In the end, her involvement in what was happening, and her redemption to herself in what was happening, became the very center and the reason why Jack goes back to pick up the gun again.
Dana Walsh wasn’t very popular with fans, either.
We anticipated that from the very beginning. This woman had a secret life, with a secret life behind it — something that came out later. It emotionally justified something that we always recognized was a pretty tricky and far-out story. We were very lucky to have Katee Sackhoff play along.
Did you consider a potential love connection between Allison and Ethan, her Secretary of State?
We did consider it. Bob Gunton [Ethan] confessed one night after a couple glasses of wine to having some imaginary past with her that extended beyond their professional one.
Did you consider showing the recovery of Bill Prady’s corpse after Dana shoved it into the wall at CTU?
Yes, we did. But it was a scene we never got to. We figured it takes five hours for a body to decompose and by then, the season is over. That’s what we told ourselves, anyway.
How come you didn’t bring back Tony Almeida this season?
We tempted fate once with him, for sure. I seem to have gotten away with it, so we consider ourselves lucky and ahead of the game.
What about Alan Wilson, who masterminded the Sentox nerve gas conspiracy last year?
I think you got a sense that Renee broke him and broke the back of the conspiracy at a tremendous personal and professional price.
Did you ever consider bringing back Mandy, the professional assassin from seasons 1, 2 and 4?
Mandy always came up a bunch of times, but unfortunately, it felt like a sensational move. We chose not to go down that path.
We always considered bringing back Aaron Pierce. The story never presented itself. Other than Kiefer, he is the only one who has been in every season. Unfortunately, we couldn’t give him a perfect run.
The pitch for the 24 movie was done before the series ender. Did you draft off the pitch?
The movie has to defer to the end of the TV show, not the other way around.
Will it be a prequel?
It definitely will not be a prequel.
What will your role be on the movie?
I’ll be a producer on it. There is a draft that is in. No one is in a position right now to know when or what the movie will be, exactly. Now that the TV show is over, the movie will be it’s own thing.
What are you most proud of this season?
I am proud of the whole season. Every year has become increasingly challenging to do and so getting through it gave me a tremendous feeling of accomplishment. I would say my favorite moment was the last moment. That was the moment I felt the most pressure. It’s an exercise I go through at the end of every year: Who do you want to see, and then how do you figure out a story with the people you want to see? In this case — of course — it was Chloe, Taylor, and Jack.
If you had your druthers, do you wish Lost and 24 had ended a year apart, not around the same time?
All I can say is I hope we will be missed as much as Lost. I hope we will both be missed. It’s good to be missed rather then sent out of town on a rail.
’24′ series finale: Shut it down
Hoping for a more dramatic (and Smoke Monster-free) finale? Well look no further than Jack Bauer’s last ride on “24.”
Cole finds out that Jack was responsible for the annihilation of the Russian delegation. As he departs to confront Jim Ricker, Chloe makes a beeline to Jack’s ultimate destination: the United Nations. Of course, he’s not done collecting audio yet. He gathers even more evidence before hitching a ride with Jason. Russian President Suvarov is the new target, and Logan’s right-hand man is going to take Jack right to him. Once Chloe and Cole have the evidence in hand, their plan is to spam every government e-mail with the audio. Let’s see the president take THIS down, eh?! Jason makes his way into a building across the street, sutures Jack’s stab wound and begs for his life. I imagine calling Jack’s actions nothing more than “bloodlust” didn’t help his cause, but Jack only knocks him unconscious.
Meanwhile, Dalia presents President Taylor with a pen that her husband was going to give her at the peace signing. This is the only time we see Dalia happy (or with a calm tone of voice) the entire time, as Kayla reveals her conversation with Meredith. When our cheating journalist doesn’t answer the phone, Dalia immediately smells what the conspiracy is cooking and storms into the president’s suite, demanding answers. Taylor comes (mostly) clean about all her evildoings, which leads Dalia to refuse to sign the treaty. Taylor threatens to rain holy hell upon the IRK if she doesn’t. Dude… harsh. Mere minutes later, President Suvarov arrives for the signing.
Across the street, Jack sets up operations. He records a farewell video on the data card, explaining his actions to (presumably) Kim and the world. Chloe and Cole devise a plan: Find and talk down Jack in 20 minutes, or Cole blows the whistle and Jack probably dies. As the world leaders are introduced by U.N. Secretary-General Dr. Peter Benton, Chloe discovers Jack’s hideout and tries everything to get him away from the gun and window. He responds the only way he knows how: by putting his ally into a sleeper hold. His real reason for being in that spot: to aim his rifle right at the head of Charles Logan and demand Suvarov be in the room as well.
Logan gets the Russian president in his suite by saying there’s a leak from within. Chloe wakes up and begins the verbal assault on Jack to stand down. Naturally, he finally listens to reason and removes himself from the rifle before placing a bullet into Suvarov, a la David Palmer. Then begins a very tense back-and-forth, with Jack demanding Chloe shoot him. With a CTU unit closing in on their location, it’s the only way they can both safely extract themselves from the situation.
Chloe absolutely refuses to shoot her closest friend. Seriously, this goes on for (seemingly) forever, until CTU is practically there AND Jack is a split second from shooting her. Once Jack is shot, Chloe (now in possession of the evidence) tells Arlo to stand by for upload … except Jason arrives and begins frisking her for the data card. When he doesn’t find it on her person, she exits. If only that wer the worst thing to happen to him — Jack inflicts one final attack on Jason by going all Mike Tyson on his left ear. Seriously, Evander Holyfield didn’t scream as much as Jason did. Now he’s really mad and orders Burke to take Chloe and Cole into custody before they can upload the audio to the government.
Logan ultimately shows the card to President Taylor, then offers to take Jack Bauer off her hands by ambushing his ambulance transport. A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse, as Taylor does nothing to stop him. She begins watching Jack’s video when Tim summons her to the peace treaty signing. With Logan and Jason watching and sipping scotch from their suite, the principals in the treaty are introduced by Secretary-General Benton. Suvarov wastes no time by applying pen to paper. Dalia (who seriously hesitated to join the others when she was introduced), takes a New York minute before she ultimately signs the document. As for President Taylor … well, her conscience FINALLY gets back to her and she not only refuses to sign, but announces that she’s been complicit in the whole thing. After storming out of the room, she demands Tim do everything to save Jack from ambush — except it’s too late. Jack escapes the overturned ambulance, but is no match for the masked mercenaries.
Realizing the end is near, Logan first knocks out, then shoots Jason in the head. With President Taylor bearing down on his suite, he does the only honorable (to him) thing: puts a bullet in his head from under his chin. Amazingly, he doesn’t die, but is likely permanently brain-damaged.
As for Jack, the end seems near. Chloe, Cole and Arlo clear out CTU (after detaining Eden) and begin using the drone to find Jack. It’s not easy, but they eventually spot the A-Team van they’re driving. Jack is mere seconds from a bullet to HIS brain, but the president somehow makes contact and orders the men to stand down. Once on the phone with Jack, she reveals that she’ll be resigning soon and will face the full force of an angry government and country. Jack expects the same, but Taylor offers him an out and a head start in leaving the country. With the Russians coming after him, he needs to disappear in a hurry. She also apologizes profusely for not listening to him all along.
The final exchange sees Jack and Chloe and tears aplenty. He makes her promise to look out for Kim and little Teri. Jack never thought it would be Chloe (of all people) who would have his back all this time. With Chloe breaking down before our eyes, she orders Cole and Arlo to silence, and then with one final command:
“Whatever happened here didn’t happen. Understand? Shut it down.”
192 Hours. The end.
24 Episode Recap: 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Source: TV Guide
The final two hours of 24 involve Jack Bauer’s attempt to assassinate Russian President Suvarov, the man who ordered the hit on Renee Walker. As Jack prepares his sniper rifle, Chloe and Cole attempt to locate him, lest he be discovered first by CTU and killed on sight. Meanwhile, as the three delegates prepare to sign the peace treaty, President Taylor battles with her decision to participate in the cover-up, including who really killed President Omar Hassan.
The series finale opens on Cole learning that Jack has killed Novakovich and his men before jumping off the radar again. Though Jack has evidence of the Russian involvement in Omar Hassan’s assassination, both Arlo and Cole agree that Jack has gone overboard. Still, Cole presses on to find Jack by heading to Jim Ricker’s apartment.
Cole’s arrival at Ricker’s place is definitely not welcome. Ricker immediately wipes his computers before Cole even has a chance to enter. The two face off, but Cole is able to explain he’s actually there to help Jack — well, at least to make sure he doesn’t end up dead. Ricker gives up the info that the Russian president is really the man behind the order to kill Renee Walker. Oh, he’s in trouble!
Over at CTU, Agent Burke questions Chloe (just as she’s learning Meredith Reed has been arrested) on why Cole is back on duty. Get over yourself, buddy, you’re not in charge anymore. Cole fills Chloe in on Jack going after the Russian prez, adding that the recording Jack has is the only one left, so they need to find Jack first and get Suvarov out of the line of fire.
Logan finally decides to reveal the truth to President Taylor, letting her know that Suvarov is implicit in all the misdeeds from Day 8. Fortunately, Logan thinks Jack didn’t find out about the Russian president’s involvement, so their worries should now be over. Little does he know, Logan just fed Jack this information since Mr. Bauer bugged him in the previous hour.
After leaving Logan to head to the U.N., Pillar learns that Bauer has been injured while on his rampage. Unfortunately for him, Bauer is sitting in the backseat of his car and uses him to get into the U.N so he can get at Suvarov.
Dalia Hassan gives Taylor a gift from Omar Hassan: a pen to sign the peace treaty. This touching moment is soon diminished as Kayla Hassan describes her cryptic phone call from Meredith Reed, who pointed a finger at the Russian government in connection to Omar’s death.
When Cole arrives at the mobile CTU set up at the U.N., Chloe says she plans on distributing the evidence Jack has to every media outlet, along with thousands of government employees, ensuring that Taylor will not be able to muzzle this news once the snowball starts rolling.
Once underground at the U.N., Jack has Pillar sew up his knife wound, urging him not to make any false moves or it will result in a bullet to his brain. Pillar questions Jack’s blood lust, since it’s completely (somewhat) different than what Jack normally does. Since the law won’t prosecute the people implicit in Renee’s death, Jack is the law now. Fearing death, Pillar cries out that he has a family, so Jack just pistol whips him, ties him up and leaves him in the trunk.
When Dalia is unable to contact Meredith Reed, she feels it’s her duty to inform Taylor of the possible Russian deceit. Though Taylor tries to brush off the allegations, Dalia insists she contact Meredith Reed or else she won’t sign the peace treaty. Taylor explains that she had ordered Reed’s arrest because her information was true.
Now that Dalia knows the Russians killed her husband, she decides to back out of the treaty and inform the U.N. about the cover-up. Taylor goes on the offensive, essentially blackmailing Dalia into signing the treaty. Taylor says she’ll reveal the near-nuclear attack on the United States, which would force her to order a strike on the IRK.
This does not sit well with Dalia. She’d love to get back at the U.S. and Russia by reactivating their nuclear program. She’s calmed down just enough to meet Suvarov upon his arrival at the U.N. “There is nothing left for either of us to say, Madam President,” says Dalia as Taylor tries to speak with her again.
Jack (incredibly!) makes it through the adjacent U.N. building without being seen, pinning mini-cameras along the way, and setting up shop in a storeroom that has a sniper’s-eye view of the podium being used in the peace treaty. And just when we thought Jack hadn’t been detected, a reflection in a vending machine is his downfall. Chloe decides to go after Jack, telling Cole to send in reinforcements if she doesn’t respond in 20 minutes.
Before Jack goes commando with his sniper rifle, he makes a video — likely for Kim, his daughter — that explains his motives. Chloe tracks him down shortly after, though Jack disarms her quickly. She tries to explain that she needs to walk him out of there or else he’ll be killed by CTU agents, but he puts her in a sleeper hold and handcuffs her to a post.
The first hour closes on Jack setting up his sniper rifle, though he’s not aiming for the podium: Jack is targeting Logan, who he’ll use to get the Russian president into his office, enabling Jack to kill him. Jack plays back a portion of the evidence on the data card to prove he means business. And with a little smirk from Jack, we move onto…
President Suvarov opens the second hour by discussing the peace treaty at a press conference, using the memory of Omar Hassan to push it forward. He realizes after the conference that Dalia has learned of his involvement in the death of her husband, though, and commends Taylor in convincing her to stay.
Logan gets Suvarov on the phone, asking him to come to his office because he has credible intel that there’s a leak inside the Russian camp. All the while, Bauer is on Logan’s other phone trying to justify his actions (though mostly to himself). Chloe wakes up and begs Jack not to kill Suvarov; that they can get the audio file to the media.
When Chloe doesn’t answer her phone, Cole deploys a CTU squad to go after Bauer. They definitely won’t make it in time though. Fortunately for Suvarov, Chloe convinces Jack not to kill the Russian prez, explaining that this assassination would incite a nuclear war.
Because the CTU team is about to find Bauer, Jack makes Chloe shoot him. If she doesn’t, she won’t be able to walk out with the data card. Just before CTU agents rush in — with Jack putting his own gun to his head — Chloe shoots him in the chest. Chloe is able to debrief Cole, but Pillar (who has now been found in the back of the SUV) is suspicious of her, and asks Agent Burke to keep her in the building.
Logan explains to Pillar that he must get Bauer’s data card or else they’ll all be going down together. Pillar decides to search Chloe, much to her chagrin, but he doesn’t find the card. Just as the paramedics tell Pillar that the bullet didn’t hit any of Jack’s major organs, he figures out that Chloe is in on this plan. Jack acts as though he’s going to tell Pillar something, but he bites off his ear instead. Ouch!
Chloe starts to upload the data card at the mobile CTU, but Agent Burke quickly apprehends her and Cole, calling Pillar to let him know he’s retrieved the card. Both Chloe and Cole are sent to CTU for detainment.
Logan hand delivers the data card to Taylor, telling her she’s won. There’s just one slight problem: Jack Bauer will never quit. So unless they have him killed, this news will eventually come out. “I will take your silence as tacit approval,” Logan says before heading out to approve the hit on Bauer.
Taylor sits down to watch Jack’s video and you can see on her face that she finally has a revelation: what they did today was a bad idea. (We could’ve told you that hours ago!) Elsewhere, Logan and Pillar decide to celebrate the peace treaty, and Logan’s return to notoriety, with a drink.
When the three delegates gather to sign the treaty, Taylor declines to sign, saying that some serious misdeeds where done in conjunction with this treaty. Taylor adds that she’ll have a full announcement within the hour, effectively ending the treaty.
As she walks out, she gets Tim to call CTU and have them warn Bauer’s medical transport of an impending ambush. (Can I just note that the 24 series finale should also be called Cherry Jones’ Emmy submission tape?) The call did not come in time, though, as Jack has already been grabbed by whoever Logan hired.
As the Secretary General announces that the peace accord did not go through, Logan’s phone rings. He knows that Taylor is calling so she can cancel the hit on Bauer, but he refuses to answer. As Pillar finally picks up the phone, Logan knocks him out before shooting him in the head. (Oh, the irony!)
The truth is, Logan just wants vengeance on Bauer for taking away his last chance. To ensure that the president will not be able to cancel the hit, Logan puts a bullet in his own head. Though the paramedics will be able to save Logan, he’s most likely sustained severe brain damage and is essentially dead.
Taylor has Tim release Chloe and Cole so they can use the CTU drones to find Jack. Using archive video, they are able to backtrack and discover the location of Jack’s kidnappers. Just before the hitmen can kill Jack, Taylor gets them on the phone and demands his immediate release.
Taylor admits her mistakes to Bauer and apologizes profusely. She says they’ll both have to atone for what they’ve done in the last 24 hours, but her one consolation is that she’ll give him enough time to get out of the country.
Jack calls Chloe, who is watching him on a giant surveillance monitor. He pleads with her to make sure Kim is protected since both the Russian and United States’ governments might decide to use her to get at him. She agrees, adding that she’ll try to provide him with ample time to escape.
“When you first came to CTU, I never thought it was going to be you that was going to cover my back all those years,” Jack tells her. “And I know that everything that you did today was to try and protect me. I know that.”
And as Jack looks up at the drone, he adds a “thank you.” As Cole and Arlo watch Jack begin his escape, Chloe orders the drone to be brought back to base, adding that none of this ever happened. As Jack’s pixelated face cuts out, the timer counts down to zero.
24 has come to an end with the producers, writers, etc., basically saying: To get the ending, you’ll have to pay to see the movie. Closure wasn’t given, though if a movie deal does fall through, at least Jack made sure Chloe will protect his last remaining loved ones.
What felt wrong was how far Jack pushed to get revenge on those who had a hand in Renee Walker’s death. In actuality, they spent part of a day together where she questioned his tactics, then spent around six months apart where she was on suicidal spiral, then worked together for another day where she was undercover and slept with her ex. It felt as though the writers just needed some way to get Jack on a bloody war path that would leave us without a “happily ever after.”
But hey, at least Christian Shephard didn’t show up and tell Jack (ha!) that he’s already dead…
Monday night’s two-hour finale of Fox’s “24″ is a bloody mess. It’s that good, and yes, we expected no less. Like “The Sopranos,” “The Shield” and other A-list crime-and-morality dramas, “24″ doesn’t pretend that the end of the show means injustice, corruption and evil can magically be made to disappear.
So the show provides some resolution to this season’s story line, which revolved around the human and moral cost of trying to craft a Middle East peace treaty. At the same time, Monday’s finale makes it clear that counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) will always be outnumbered and outgunned in his battle to stop the bad guys.
The best Jack can do is stick his finger in the dam from time to time while he searches for the occasional ray of light. The last time he found one of those, however, in fellow agent Renee Walker (Annie Wersching), she was promptly killed.
Renee’s death continues to set up this season’s climactic action, as a near-psychotic Jack seeks to kill everyone involved. Even if that person is a head of state.
It’s vintage Jack, an equalizer whose raw fury we understand. “I would have accepted justice by law,” Jack says, in what could serve as a mission statement for the whole eight-season run of “24.” “But that was taken from me. [So] I am judge and jury.” That sort of remark explains why Jack has been compared to Clint Eastwood’s justice-dealing cop Dirty Harry. Jack’s world, however, has never been as black-and-white as Harry’s, and things don’t change Monday just because the series is ending.
His adversaries include true creeps like robotic Russians and former President Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin), whose every utterance makes your skin crawl. It includes good people who have lost their way, like President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones). He also runs with some good people who stay good, like young agent Cole Ortiz (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and loyal associate Chloe O’Brian (Mary Ann Rajskub). The fact he and Chloe at one point are yelling threats at each other underscores how a few bad decisions at the top can poison the whole world.
So yes, the world is a mess. It’s also bloody, and while Monday’s finale may have fewer outright deaths than usual, it compensates for any shortfall in body count with nice touches like having body parts bitten off. All props to Mike Tyson.
It shouldn’t be any major spoiler to say that in the end, neither Jack Bauer nor “24″ leaves us with any rosy illusions about saving or cleaning up the world. Jack never stops trying to make his corner a little better, however, and in the process, he closes out “24″ the same way he ushered it in: as a fast-paced, first-rate action-adventure that pauses just long enough to show us a heart.
What have you heard about the 24 movie?
MICKEY: There’s a script, but the studio hasn’t read or approved it, so any intel must be taken with a grain of salt. As of now, the movie finds Jack all over Eastern Europe, but particularly in Prague. Of all the cast members past and present, only Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) is being considered to appear alongside Jack. Further, I’m hearing that no effort will be made for the film to be canonical — that is, it won’t necessarily be a “sequel” to the TV series. (Double-secret scoop: I hear it might feature a mole.) Source: TV Guide
Question: I’m literally dying for some 24 scoop. Please, give me some!
Ausiello: The May 24 series finale will find Jack squaring off against his most formidable adversary yet: Chloe! “Chloe and Jack are in a real face-off,” reveals executive producer Howard Gordon. between her duty [as head of CTU] and her friendship and allegiance to Jack. Their “And Chloe has to decide relationship gets put to the test in a way it’s never been tested before. It’s a collision course that culminates in the finale. It’s about as hairy a confrontation as you can possibly imagine, and it“very emotional,” says Mary Lynn Rajskub. “[It's] kind of ’s a nearly lethal one.” Playing those scenes was “really fun” and crazydone anything like that.”
…what happens between Jack and Chloe. I’ve never
JACK BAUER DEMANDS RETRIBUTION WITH ONLY THREE HOURS LEFT
ON AN ALL-NEW “24” MONDAY, MAY 17, ON FOX
As the clock ticks toward the climactic series finale, three hours remain and a ruthless Jack Bauer is on an unwavering mission to uncover the truth, which only complicates circumstances for President Taylor as she prepares for a signing ceremony. Meanwhile, President Logan comes face-to-face with a formidable foe, and Chloe leads CTU on a high-stakes collision course with Jack Bauer in the all-new “Day 8: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM” episode of 24 airing Monday, May 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (TWF-822) (TV-14 L, V)
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer; Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O’Brian; Cherry Jones as Allison Taylor; Katee Sackhoff as Dana Walsh; Freddie Prinze Jr. as Cole Ortiz; John Boyd as Arlo Glass
Guest Cast: Gregory Itzin as Charles Logan; Frank John Hughes as Tim Woods; Jennifer Westfeldt as Meredith Reed; Necar Zadegan as Dalia Hassan; Joel Bissonnette as Pavel; Thomas Ryan as Gary Klausner; Sarah Hollis as Susan; Reed Diamond as Jason Pillar; Michael Madsen as Jim Ricker; Julie Claire as Eden Linley; Navid Negahban as Jamot; Lesley Fera as Angela Nelson; Kathryn Winslow as Ellen Kramer; James Hiroyuki Liao; Graham McTavish as Mikhail Novakovich; Joe Sabatino as Captain Walleki
A ROGUE JACK BAUER REMAINS RESOLUTE IN HIS VENDETTA ON AN ALL-NEW “24″ MONDAY, MAY 10, ON FOX
Michael Madsen, Gregory Itzin and Jennifer Westfeldt Guest-Star
With only four hours left, a rogue Jack Bauer stops at nothing to determine who is behind the day’s most devastating events, and he uncovers an unexpected lead in the all-new “Day 8: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM” episode of 24 airing Monday, May 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (TWF-821) (TV-14 L, V)
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer; Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O’Brian; Cherry Jones as Allison Taylor; Mykelti Williamson as Brian Hastings; Chris Diamantopoulos as Rob Weiss; Katee Sackhoff as Dana Walsh; Freddie Prinze Jr. as Cole Ortiz; John Boyd as Arlo Glass
Guest Cast: Gregory Itzin as Charles Logan; Jennifer Westfeldt as Meredith Reed; Necar Zadegan as Dalia Hassan; Joel Bissonnette as Pavel; Thomas Ryan as Gary Klausner; Sarah Hollis as Susan; Reed Diamond as Jason Pillar; Michael Madsen as Jim Ricker; Julie Claire as Eden Linley; Navid Negahban as Jamot; Graham McTavish as Mikhail Novakovich; Joe Sabatino as Captain Walleki
Mondays this May, hearts will be racing as lives hang in the balance in three all-new episodes of HOUSE and five final all-new hours of 24, including the momentous, adrenaline-charged two-hour series finale.
Monday, May 3
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Choice” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
The team takes on the case of an ailing groom-to-be (guest star Adam Garcia) with secrets from a previous relationship and a fiance (guest star Eva Amurri) with many questions. Meanwhile, during a raucous boys’ night out, House (Hugh Laurie), Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Foreman (Omar Epps) visit a karaoke bar and perform a Gladys Knight & The Pips classic.
24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “11:00 AM-12:00 PM”
In its eighth and final season, the clock on the Emmy Award-winning series ticks toward its final five hours as Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) sets out to avenge the unthinkable events of this tragic day.
Monday, May 10
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Baggage”
A woman (guest star Zoe McLellan) arrives at the Princeton Plainsboro emergency room with an unexplained illness and no recollection of who she is. While trying to solve the mystery of the woman’s illness, House must also help her piece together her identity.
24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “12:00 PM-1:00 PM”
With only four hours left, Jack stops at nothing to determine who is behind the day’s most devastating event and uncovers an unexpected lead.
Monday, May 17
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Help Me” – Season Finale
The sixth season finale takes the Princeton Plainsboro team outside the hospital as they join forces with a search-and-rescue team to provide medical attention at the scene of an emergency.
24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “1:00 PM-2:00 PM”
As Jack’s final day nears a close, he endures intense international forces at play. Meanwhile, former President Logan (guest star Gregory Itzin) becomes increasingly involved.
Monday, May 24
24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “2:00 PM-4:00 PM” – Series Finale
It’s the end of an era when the groundbreaking and iconic action-packed series comes full circle with the climactic two-hour series finale of “Day Eight.” Emotions run high as the harrowing day climaxes with resolute President Taylor (Cherry Jones) closing in on a world-changing objective and Jack forced to take matters into his own hands for one last and unforgettable job. Additionally, Eriq La Salle guest-stars.
Audiences will be on their feet on music-filled Tuesday nights this May. America continues to vote for its next AMERICAN IDOL after four not-to-be-missed episodes, including Part 1 of the highly anticipated two-night season finale; plus, smash musical comedy hit GLEE serves up four all-new installments.
Tuesday, May 4
AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “5 Finalists Compete” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
The Top 5 finalists perform LIVE for the nation, singing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week in the competition.
GLEE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Bad Reputation” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
When a salacious list about members of the glee club circulates the halls of McKinley High, Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) begins an investigation. Meanwhile, Sue (Jane Lynch) is mortified when a video of her rendition of Olivia Newton-John’s classic “Physical” is unearthed. Special guest stars include Olivia Newton-John, Molly Shannon and Jonathan Groff.
Tuesday, May 11
AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “4 Finalists Compete”
The Top 4 finalists perform LIVE as they vie for the title.
GLEE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Laryngitis”
Rachel (Lea Michele) panics when a sore throat affects her singing; Kurt (Chris Colfer) tries to change his persona to impress his father (guest star Mike O’Malley); and Puck (Mark Salling) makes a strategic move to elevate his social status.
Tuesday, May 18
AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “3 Finalists Compete”
The Top 3 finalists take to the stage on another all-new LIVE performance show.
GLEE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Dream On”
In an episode directed by Emmy Award winner Joss Whedon (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Dollhouse”), Mr. Schuester’s former high school nemesis (guest star Neil Patrick Harris) causes trouble for the glee club. Rachel struggles with a life-long personal issue, and Artie’s (Kevin McHale) dreams take him on an adventure. Additional guest stars include Molly Shannon, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff.
Tuesday, May 25
AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “2 Finalists Compete” – Season Finale, Part 1
On the first night of the two-night season finale, the remaining two finalists battle it out for the AMERICAN IDOL crown at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in front of a live audience and millions of viewers watching at home. After the finalists perform, viewers will vote to decide who will be the next AMERICAN IDOL.
GLEE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Funk”
Mr. Schuester thinks he’s scored the upper hand over Sue, but learns hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Quinn (Dianna Agron) connects with her “funky” side.
On Wednesday nights this May, FOX presents two encore installments of the hit series LIE TO ME; four live AMERICAN IDOL results shows, including the second night of the season finale that promises to be the biggest night of television this spring; and a special series preview of new action-comedy THE GOOD GUYS.
Wednesday, May 5
LIE TO ME (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Control Factor”
Marc Blucas guest-stars in an encore episode. While on vacation in Mexico, Lightman (Tim Roth) and Emily (Hayley McFarland) become involved in the case of a missing American woman. Back home, Foster (Kelli Williams) investigates tainted blood in D.C.-area hospitals with Lightman’s rival, Jack Rader (guest star Blucas).
AMERICAN IDOL (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “1 of 5 Voted Off” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
This May, the AMERICAN IDOL live results shows counts down to the final two contestants. Each week, the finalist who receives the fewest votes will be eliminated from the race for the title. Tonight, the competition goes from the Top 5 to the Top 4.
Wednesday, May 12
LIE TO ME (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Tractor Man”
During a political protest in Washington, D.C., a disgruntled farmer (guest star Sean Bridgers) parks his explosives-packed tractor near the Treasury Department building, forcing Lightman and his team to make some crucial life-or-death decisions in an encore episode. Meanwhile, a third-grade field trip gets stuck in the Lightman Group offices, and Loker (Brendan Hines) has to play babysitter.
AMERICAN IDOL (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “1 of 4 Voted Off”
In another all-new LIVE results show, the finalist who receives the fewest votes will be eliminated from the race for the title, narrowing the competition from four to three contestants.
Wednesday, May 19
THE GOOD GUYS (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – Series Preview
In the special series preview of Matt Nix’s new action-comedy, THE GOOD GUYS, old-school cop Dan Stark (Bradley Whitford) and modern-day detective Jack Bailey (Colin Hanks) expose the big picture of small crime. Pursuing a routine investigation of a stolen humidifier, Jack and Dan are inadvertently thrust into a much larger case involving drug smugglers, hired assassins and a stolen green golf bag. Reminded of the way he busted punks back in the good old days, Dan convinces Jack to go along for the ride, and in their reckless pursuit of justice, the two wind up risking their lives, breaking a flurry of department regulations and reminding their boss, Lieutenant Ana Ruiz (Diana Maria Riva), and Jack’s ex-girlfriend, Assistant District Attorney Liz Traynor (Jenny Wade), why these good guys will be spending many more days investigating seemingly minor crimes.
AMERICAN IDOL (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “1 of 3 Voted Off”
The Top 2 finalists are revealed in another all-new LIVE results show.
Wednesday, May 26
AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-10:07 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “Winner” – Season Finale, Part 2
On the second part of the two-night AMERICAN IDOL season finale, the Top 12 reunites on stage one last time. At the end of a two-hour music celebration, host Ryan Seacrest will reveal the next AMERICAN IDOL.
This May, FOX Thursdays are more thrilling than ever with four all-new installments of BONES and four all-new episodes of FRINGE, including the game-changing season finales of each.
Thursday, April 29
BONES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Rocker in the Rinse Cycle” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
When the body of a rich adventure-seeker is found in a hotel washing machine, Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) are led to the last place he was seen – a rock-n-roll fantasy camp. The special “FOX Rocks” episode also features Booth rocking out on guitar and performing a duet with Brennan. Additionally, Josh Todd from Buckcherry guest stars in the episode.
FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Brown Betty” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
While Walter (John Noble) deals with some upsetting news, he tells Olivia’s niece, Ella (guest star Lily Pilblad), a fairy tale that includes musical performances by Olivia (Anna Torv) and Agent Broyles (Lance Reddick).
Thursday, May 6
BONES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Witch in the Wardrobe”
In an episode written by author Kathy Reichs, a cabin burns down in the woods revealing two bodies – one of a modern-day witch and one from the days of the Salem witch trials – leading Booth and Brennan into the world of Wicca to find a killer.
FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Northwest Passage”
Peter teams up with Sheriff Mathis (guest star Martha Plimpton) on a serial murder investigation with ties to Newton (guest star Sebastian Roch). Meanwhile, Walter copes with the possibility of being sent back to St. Claire’s, and someone from the “other side” pays a visit.
Thursday, May 13
BONES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Boy with the Answer”
The trial of The Gravedigger hits close to home for members of the team, and everyone at the Jeffersonian must work overtime to uncover the forensic evidence to elicit a conviction.
FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Over There, Part 1″ – Season Finale, Part 1
In part one of the two-part, two-night second season finale, Walter and Olivia travel to the parallel universe, and the anticipated face-off between Walter Bishop and William Bell occurs when special guest star Leonard Nimoy returns.
Thursday, May 20
BONES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Beginning in the End” – Season Finale
In the season finale, the team investigates a set of remains belonging to a hoarder. Meanwhile, Angela’s (Michaela Conlin) father (guest star Billy Gibbons) has a unique purpose for his most recent visit, and Brennan and Booth are confronted with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Over There, Part 2″ – Season Finale, Part 2
Sacrifices will be made and both universes may never be the same again after Walter and Olivia visit the “other side” in Part 2 of the climactic season finale.
Duck and cover! FOX antiheroes Dr. Gregory House and Chef Gordon Ramsay are men to be reckoned with this May on FOX Fridays with encore installments of HOUSE and all-new episodes of KITCHEN NIGHTMARES. Plus, HOUSE viewers can get a second opinion with exclusive never-before-seen episode commentary from Hugh Laurie (April 30 and May 7), Olivia Wilde (May 14) and Peter Jacobson (May 21) incorporated into each encore.
Friday, April 30
HOUSE (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Broken” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
In a special encore presentation of this season’s emotional two-hour premiere, directed by HOUSE executive producer Katie Jacobs and featuring guest stars Andre Braugher, Franka Potente and Lin-Manuel Miranda, House begins a detox program to get the vicodin out of his system to stop his powerful hallucinations once and for all. Strong-armed into staying at the facility by his attending physician, Dr. Darryl Nolan (guest star Braugher), House develops a close relationship with his new roommate, Alvie (guest star Miranda), and Lydia (guest star Potente), a frequent visitor who helps House bend the rules. House resorts to his old tricks of blackmail and manipulation, but when devastating events ensue, he is humbled into reluctantly accepting help. As part of “FOX Rocks,” House plays piano and raps alongside Alvie in the Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital’s talent show. Plus, incorporated into the encore installment is new behind-the-scenes commentary from series star Laurie.
Friday, May 7
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Lockdown”
Hugh Laurie directs and Oscar nominee David Strathairn guest-stars in an encore episode that features new exclusive episode commentary from Laurie. When a newborn disappears from the nursery, Princeton Plainsboro goes on lockdown, preventing anyone from entering, leaving or moving within the hospital. While House and hospital staff are trapped in various parts of the building, new insights about the team’s personal histories, relationships and regrets surface.
KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Fleming”
Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Fleming in Miami, FL, where a husband-and-wife team is in desperate need of help. Once a popular Danish restaurant, Fleming has been resistant to change and is now barely surviving. And after Chef Ramsay sees what’s lurking in the cooler, he is forced to shut down the restaurant in the middle of the dinner service. With a stubborn owner in denial, Ramsay is going to have to make some major changes, or Fleming will be forced to close their doors forever.
Friday, May 14
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Knight Fall”
In an encore episode, in which never-before-seen Olivia Wilde commentary is incorporated, House and the team take on the case of Sir William (guest star Noah Segan), a “knight” living in a closed-off community that lives according to the ideals of the High Renaissance. Meanwhile, Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) starts over with an ex (guest star Cynthia Watros).
KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “PJ’s Steakhouse”
Chef Ramsay heads to PJ’s Steakhouse in Forest Hills, NJ, where husband-and-wife team Joe and Madalyn are in need of a mentor. Reeling from the loss of his brother PJ and with zero restaurant experience, Joe purchased the namesake restaurant in hopes of turning it into a high-end steakhouse. Can Chef Ramsay teach Joe and Madalyn enough Restaurant 101 so that they can honor PJ’s name and ensure the restaurant’s survival?
Friday, May 21
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Open & Shut”
While the team treats a patient (guest star Sarah Wayne Callies) in an open marriage, House tests Wilson’s relationship with Sam (guest star Cynthia Watros) and Taub (Peter Jacobson) attempts to move to the next level in his relationship with his wife, Rachel (guest star Jennifer Crystal). Also featured is new commentary from Jacobson as he offers his unique insider’s perspective on the pivotal encore installment.
KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Revisited #1″ – Season Finale
Chef Ramsay visits restaurants from kitchens past to see if they’ve been able to implement his changes and help their businesses thrive. He’s in for a real surprise when he drops in on Handlebar, Casa Roma and the most memorable eatery yet, Black Pearl.
This May, FOX Saturday serves up two NASCAR ON FOX races, one MLB ON FOX game, two all-new episodes of COPS, an all-new special-edition episode of AMERICA’S MOST WANTED and encore episodes of THE WANDA SYKES SHOW and BROTHERS.
Saturday, May 1
NASCAR ON FOX: RICHMOND 500 (7:00-11:00 PM ET live/4:00-8:00 PM PT live) – “FOX Rocks” Programming
FOX Sports presents NASCAR Sprint Cup racing’s RICHMOND 500. Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip call the action live from Richmond International Raceway. As part of “FOX Rocks,” the primetime NASCAR ON FOX race boasts a special music video show open.
THE WANDA SYKES SHOW (Midnight-1:00 AM ET/11:00 PM-Midnight PT) – “FOX Rocks” Programming
Wanda’s greatest wish comes true when she meets musical superstar Sade in an encore installment of late-night’s newest entry that also features a lively panel discussion with rapper MC Lyte, actor Brandon T. Jackson and comedian Greg Fitzsimmons. In addition to Sade and MC Lyte, the special “FOX Rocks” episode features the Angel City Chorale helping Wanda deliver a message to the week’s newsmakers.
BROTHERS (1:00-1:30 AM ET/Midnight-12:30 AM PT) – “Snoop-Fat Kid”
Snoop Dogg guest-stars in an encore episode. Mike (Michael Strahan) and Chill (Daryl Chill Mitchell) hire their cousin Kenny (guest star Snoop Dogg), a shady lawyer who specializes in debt and fraud, to recover Mike’s laundered assets. But when Kenny is only able to locate funds donated to a children’s charity, Mike wrestles with a tough decision. Meanwhile, Coach (Carl Weathers) and Adele (CCH Pounder) work together to help a heavy kid pass gym class.
Saturday, May 8
NASCAR ON FOX: DARLINGTON 500 (7:00-11:30 PM ET live/4:00-8:30 PM PT live)
FOX Sports presents NASCAR Sprint Cup racing’s DARLINGTON 500. Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip call the action live from Darlington Raceway.
THE WANDA SYKES SHOW (1:00-2:00 AM ET/11:00 PM-Midnight PT)
In an encore outing, Wanda keeps the party going with her irreverent new spin on the late-night talk show. Joining Wanda for a lively panel discussion examining the week’s events are actors Aisha Tyler (“Archer”), Hamish Linklater (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) and Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”).
BROTHERS (2:00-2:30 AM ET/Midnight-12:30 AM PT) – “Snoop Returns”
In an encore episode, with the help of Cousin Kenny’s (guest star Snoop Dogg) legal aid, Coach’s brother Maurice (guest star Fred Williamson) is released from jail and arrives at the Trainors’ home to spend some time with the family. Meanwhile, Mike makes a play for Kathleen (guest star Ryan Michelle Bathe), a new waitress at Trainor’s, and Jimmy Johnson (guest-starring as himself) stops by the restaurant to talk football.
Saturday, May 15
COPS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Police Pullovers #6″
Officers from the Portland Police Bureau in Oregon track down a restraining-order violator after he kicks in the door of the car belonging to his ex’s new boyfriend, while officers from the Houston Police Department inform a man that his new online girlfriend is wanted for a misdemeanor.
COPS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Resisting Arrest #5″
When officers from the Amarillo Police Department in Texas are called to investigate a domestic disturbance, they arrive just in time to witness the aggressor drunkenly trying to tackle his opponent. Meanwhile, officers from the Boynton Beach Police Department in Florida arrest a man for disorderly intoxication after he offends passengers with his cell phone ringtones.
AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Windy City Fights Back Special Edition”
John Walsh brings AMERICA’S MOST WANTED to Chicago to see how the city and its citizens are battling an epidemic of violence by fighting back and to find out how AMW viewers can help. The Windy City has responded to its growing crime problem by installing the most extensive surveillance-camera system in the nation – more than 10,000 public and private cameras. The special episode will also include Walsh’s emotional meeting with a group called “Purpose Over Pain,” whose members, like Walsh, have lost children to senseless crimes and will ask viewers to help find them justice.
THE WANDA SYKES SHOW (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT)
In an encore episode, Wanda unleashes her signature brand of topical humor with field pieces, comedy segments and a wry and lively panel discussion with her biggest panel ever: Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Cheryl Hines and Colin Quinn. Plus, Wanda sits down for a one-on-one with Eddie Izzard.
BROTHERS (Midnight-12:30 AM ET/PT) – “Lenny”
Mike Tyson, Lenny Clark and Tichina Arnold guest-star in an encore episode. When Adele’s sister, Cynthia (guest star Arnold), and her offensive husband, Lenny (guest star Clark), come to town, Adele pleads with Coach to be on his best behavior. Meanwhile, Mike Tyson (guest-starring as himself) pays a surprise visit to Trainor’s, and Mike and Chill compete for the affection of Mike’s high-school sweetheart (guest star Danielle Nicolet).
Saturday, May 22
MLB ON FOX (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/4:00-7:00 PM PT live)
FOX Sports presents coverage of the 2010 baseball season as the exclusive network home of Major League Baseball. Coverage kicks off with host Chris Rose from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and featured in primetime are: New York Yankees at New York Mets, Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Dodgers.
THE WANDA SYKES SHOW (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT)
Actress Regina King (“Southland”), comedian Paul Rodriguez and basketball legend and TV personality John Salley join Wanda for more late-night fun in an encore installment.
BROTHERS (Midnight-12:30 AM ET/PT) – “Week in Chair”
In an encore episode, Chill wagers that his brother can’t spend one week in a wheelchair. Mike takes what he considers an easy bet and makes some surprising discoveries over the course of seven days.
FOX Sundays in May offer up all-new episodes of ‘TIL DEATH, THE SIMPSONS, THE CLEVELAND SHOW, FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD; and season finales of ANIMATION DOMINATION.
Sunday, May 2
‘TIL DEATH (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – “Work Wife”
Series star Joely Fisher directs an all-new episode that features guest stars Martin Mull, Kevin Nealon and Susan Yeagley. When Joy (Fisher) loses her job at Eddie’s (Brad Garrett) school, she accepts a position as Stephen’s (guest star Nealon) executive assistant. The new gig leaves her miserable, leading Eddie and Mr. White (guest star Mull) to scheme a way to get Joy her old job back.
THE SIMPSONS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Once Upon a Time in Springfield” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
In an encore of the landmark 450th episode, Krusty (Dan Castellaneta) gets a new female co-star with the voice of an angel, Princess Penelope (guest voice Anne Hathaway), who softens his heart. Meanwhile, when Mr. Burns (Harry Shearer) puts a stop to the free donuts at the plant to cut costs, Homer (Castellaneta), Lenny (Shearer) and Carl (Hank Azaria) decide to meet with a headhunter who opens their eyes to new opportunities. Jackie Mason and the late Eartha Kitt also guest-voice.
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “To Surveil, With Love” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
When a bomb squad mistakenly blows up Homer’s unattended gym bag, Springfield reacts by equipping itself with surveillance cameras to deter terrorism. Meanwhile, Lisa (Yeardley Smith) loses a debate because of her blonde hair. For “FOX Rocks,” the SIMPSONS characters sing along to pop sensation Ke$ha’s smash hit “TiK ToK” during a special musical couch gag.
THE CLEVELAND SHOW (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Brotherly Love” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
Acting as his brother’s wingman, Rallo (Mike Henry) gives Cleveland Jr. (Kevin Michael Richardson) a few pointers on how to win over the girl of his dreams, Chanel (guest voice Taraji P. Henson). When Cleveland Jr. finds out her boyfriend is local rap star Kenny West (guest voice Kanye West), it’s a rap battle for Chanel’s heart.
FAMILY GUY (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Brian & Stewie” – Milestone 150th Episode, “FOX Rocks” Programming
In the special one-hour 150th episode, Brian (Seth MacFarlane) and Stewie (MacFarlane) get locked in a bank vault and are forced to survive without baby food and martinis while they hatch an escape plan. Immediately following the episode, the celebration will continue with fan-favorite and never-before-seen musical numbers.
Sunday, May 9
‘TIL DEATH (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – “Baby Steps”
Joy goes overboard planning for Ally’s (guest star Kate Micucci) baby shower and becomes obsessed with baby gifts. Meanwhile, Mr. White (guest star Martin Mull) has difficulty giving Ally and Doug (Timm Sharp) their shower gift, and Dr. Bialik (guest star Mayim Bialik) invites her “Blossom” cast mates, including Michael Stoyanov and Jenna Von Oy, guest-starring as themselves, to participate in a therapy session for Doug.
THE SIMPSONS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Postcards from the Wedge”
In an encore episode, Bart (Nancy Cartwright) gets in trouble at school for not turning in his homework, and Homer and Marge (Julie Kavner) disagree about his punishment. When Bart realizes he can pit his parents against each other to his benefit, his scheming reaches new heights.
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Moe Letter Blues”
As Mother’s Day approaches, Homer, Apu (Hank Azaria) and Reverend Lovejoy (Harry Shearer) receive a letter from Moe (Azaria) warning them that he’s going to run away with one of their wives.
THE CLEVELAND SHOW (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Brown History Month”
Cleveland (Mike Henry) and Cleveland Jr. teach Donna (Sanaa Lathan) and the kids their tradition of celebrating Black History Month. However, when Rallo learns about his heritage at school, he provokes Cleveland into a battle royale with neighbor, Lester (Kevin Michael Richardson).
FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Quagmire’s Dad”
Quagmire (Seth MacFarlane) gets the surprise of his life on Mother’s Day, when his father (MacFarlane) starts to go through the change of his life.
AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “An Incident at Owl Creek”
In preparation for a neighborhood pool party, Stan (Seth MacFarlane) tells his family to get in tip-top shape, but an accident ruins the Smith family name. A humiliated Stan fakes his family’s deaths and moves everyone out of Langley Falls to escape his shame.
Sunday, May 16
‘TIL DEATH (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – “Let’s Go”
Whitey (guest star Martin Mull) throws a surprise party for his 93-year-old grumpy uncle (guest star M. Emmet Walsh), and his party guests are surprised to discover his house is overflowing with junk. Meanwhile, Eddie, anxious to get to the party, tries to rush Joy, Doug and Ally who are taking their sweet time getting ready to go.
THE SIMPSONS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Pranks & Greens”
Jonah Hill guest-voices in an encore episode. Fed up with Bart’s constant pranks, Principal Skinner (Harry Shearer) reveals that there is a former Springfield Elementary student who is hailed as the best prankster ever – even better than Bart. When Bart finally tracks down Andy Hamilton (guest voice Hill), a 19-year-old who hasn’t grown out of his pranking days, they become fast friends.
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Bob Next Door”
Bart becomes convinced that his new neighbor is his arch enemy, Sideshow Bob (guest voice Kelsey Grammer), and Marge tries to convince him otherwise by taking him to visit the state penitentiary.
THE CLEVELAND SHOW (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Cleveland’s Angels”
After Cleveland gambles away Roberta’s (Reagan Gomez) college fund, Kendra (guest voice Aseem Batra) discovers that Cleveland was actually cheated out of his money and recruits Donna and Arianna (guest voice Arianna Huffington) for a “Cleveland’s Angels” mission.
FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Splendid Source”
Peter (Seth MacFarlane) and the gang’s search for the historical source of all dirty jokes leads them to Virginia where they reunite with Cleveland (guest voice Mike Henry) and meet his new family.
AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Great Space Roaster” – Season Finale
It’s Roger’s birthday, and he begs to be roasted. But when he ends up devastated by the jokes, he vows to pull his life together. Things take a turn for the worse when Roger takes it one step too far, and the Smith family goes on the run.
Sunday, May 23
‘TIL DEATH (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Baby”
Eddie’s book finally gets published, but on the day of his book signing Ally goes into labor. The new addition to the family sparks Eddie to give Doug fatherhood tips and Ally to apologize to Joy for being a terrible daughter.
THE SIMPSONS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Treehouse of Horrors XX”
In an encore of this season’s “Treehouse of Horror” trilogy, the annual SIMPSONS Halloween tradition serves up three frightful vignettes: “Dial ‘M’ for Murder or Press ‘#’” is an homage to classic Alfred Hitchcock films featuring an outraged Lisa and a scheming Bart; Springfieldians are transformed into zombies in a parody of the horror film “28 Days Later”; and a nod to the Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” sees an impaled Homer lamenting his fate in song.
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Judge Me Tender” – Season Finale
In THE SIMPSONS 21st season finale, Moe discovers a talent for judging contests and is invited to appear on AMERICAN IDOL with host Ryan Seacrest and fellow judges Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson, all guest-voicing as themselves. Meanwhile, Homer drives Marge crazy when he starts hanging around the house too much.
THE CLEVELAND SHOW (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “You’re the Best Man, Cleveland Brown” – Season Finale
Much to his dismay, Cleveland finds out that Cleveland Jr. will inherit all of his ex-wife’s belongings and that his parents, Cookie (guest voice Francis Callier) and Freight Train (guest voice Craig Robinson), plan to remarry. To add insult to injury, Freight Train dumps Cleveland as his best man in favor of Donna’s ex-husband, Robert (guest voice Corey Holcomb). In the end, though, Cleveland steps in to save the day in the season finale, which also features a special musical number by Earth, Wind & Fire.
FAMILY GUY (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Something, Something, Something Dark Side, Parts 1 and 2″ – Season Finale
In the one-hour season finale, the FAMILY GUY’s “Star Wars” saga continues with a retelling of “The Empire Strikes Back.”
Katee Sackhoff, Freddie Prinze Jr., Mykelti Williamson, John Boyd, Jennifer Westfeldt and Chris Diamantopoulos have joined the cast of 24 for the series’ eighth season. The Emmy Award-winning drama starring Kiefer Sutherland returns for its next astonishing day with a two-night, four-hour premiere beginning Sunday, Jan. 17 (9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Season Eight will unfold in New York City amidst the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. In this new day, CTU has been upgraded and is run by MBA-schooled and razor-sharp head honcho Brian Hastings (Williamson, “Forrest Gump”). Cole Ortiz (Prinze Jr.), an ex-Marine who wants to follow in Jack Bauer’s (Sutherland) footsteps, runs the division’s Field Operations. Expert data analyst Dana Walsh (Sackhoff, “Battlestar Galactica”) collaborates with systems analyst Arlo Glass (Boyd, “The Notorious Bettie Page”) inside CTU. Rob Weiss (Diamantopoulos, “The Starter Wife”) serves as President Allison Taylor’s (Cherry Jones) new chief of staff, and Meredith Reed (Westfeldt, “Grey’s Anatomy “) is an ambitious journalist with ties to the unfolding situation. As previously announced, Sutherland, Jones, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Annie Wersching also return. In addition, Bollywood icon Anil Kapoor (“Slumdog Millionaire”) makes his American TV debut as Omar Hassan, a Middle Eastern leader who comes to the U.S. on a peacemaking mission. Source: FOX
- As executive producer David Fury teased, Renee is a damaged person upon returning next season. However, Kiefer Sutherland says they are really trying to find peace for Jack, which includes all things that have the potential to make him happy. “People would like to see him at least have the option to have a good life,” Sutherland says. “We stripped a lot of those components over the years, by virtue of killing everybody, that whether he wants to live or die seemed to become innocuous—like who cares, there’s nothing really to live for. What we did for this season is to really try and create something that would make Jack want to live.” (Watch With Kristin)
- “I don’t know with regard to the last season,” says Kiefer Sutherland. “It is the last season that I’ve been contracted to do 24, but I really don’t know.” (Watch With Kristin)
- If it truly is Jack’s last hurrah, the producers are planning some return visits from seasons past. “There’s certainly a chance of [bringing back old characters]. We’ve certainly been talking about that,” says David Fury. “At this point, we’re only in the first third of the season, but we have begun to discuss some of the characters that could return.” Fury says he really wants to see Teri Bauer (Leslie Hope) return to the show. “If Tony [Carlos Bernard] is still alive, there’s every chance that Teri pulled through,” jokes Fury. In all seriousness, there’s a likely possibility that Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin) and Mandy (Mia Kirshner) could appear. Also, “You may see Tony—there may be an opportunity for Tony to be pivotal in the show,” adds Fury. (Watch With Kristin)
No word on if Kim Raver will be back as Audrey, but Elisha Cuthbert has already filmed scenes for Day 8’s first few hours. (TV Guide)
Suddenly, I find myself counting the minutes until 24′s new season. Perhaps this is why: Katee Sackhoff is joining the cast! Sources confirm to me exclusively that the Battlestar Galactica heroine has been tapped to play the series regular role of Dayna Pakkala, a highly respected and down-to-earth data analyst at the new and improved New York branch of CTU. Translation: Chloe-Starbuck catfight alert! This fraktastic casting coup hit a road block last week when Sackhoff abruptly took herself out of running, prompting me to post this blind item. But late Friday, word surfaced that the BSG badass was once again in the mix.
Here’s more scoop on Sackhoff’s character… She’s in a relationship with fellow agent Davis Cole (played by the just-cast Freddie Prinze. Jr.), and she apparently has a skeleton in her closet she’s trying desperately to keep hidden. As previously reported, 24′s eighth season — which premieres Jan. 17, 2010 — will be set in the Big Apple and center on an assassination plot against a visiting foreign leader (Slumdog Millionaire’s Anil Kapoor). In addition to Sackhoff, Prinze, and Williamson, new Day 8 blood includes Kissing Jessica Stein’s Jennifer Westfeldt (as a journalist with ties to Kapoor’s diplomat) and The Starter Wife’s Chris Diamantopoulos (as President Taylor’s Chief of Staff). Source: EW
Tuesday June 2nd Los Angeles, CA. **EXCLUSIVE** Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer and Benito Martinez as Victor Aruz film a scene for the 8th season of the hit show “24″. In this scene Sutherland assist Martinez who has a gunshot wound. The two are trying to elude law enforcement who are nearby and looking for them. In between takes Kiefer spits. Kiefer also wanted to be a camera operator for one of the scenes but was not allowed to actualy film the scene but instead just rehearsed as the camera operator.
“24″ wraps with plenty o’ melodrama
Source: Zap2it.com Recaps
Believe it or not, “24” manages to wrap-up Jack Bauer’s seventh day to a most fitting conclusion… the day is saved, yet we’ve only just begun. Also, the character development knob is turned to 11 for the final two hours.
Thanks to the Cisco TelePresence™, Olivia can be interviewed by the Justice department without having to leave the White House. That’s a good thing, because she’s already attracted enough unwanted attention to warrant Aaron calling Ethan. He initially doesn’t believe the Greatest Secret Service Agent EVER, but the power of Aaron’s guilt is too much to deny. Ethan initially succeeds in retrieving the flash drive containing the audio and nearly makes it off White House property, but Olivia puts the kibosh on that. Knowing that card is the only thing keeping her in the position of power, she negotiates with Ethan to give it up. The agent eventually finds the card, which Olivia promptly destroys… except Ethan handed off the real card to Aaron all along! Thanks to automobile technology, he listens to the incriminating evidence in the car while Olivia hyperventilates to Martin. Should have thought about that before you put a bounty on Jonas Hodges head.
Meanwhile, the Tony Almeida convoy is truckin’ down the highway when Cara forces Jack to free the beast. He even shoots the random FBI guy riding along for dramatic effect. Once Tony is free, he and Cara take a very-weakened Jack as hostage, whisking him away to the dreaded undisclosed warehouse. Renee makes an effort to locate Jack, using the combined, yet bitchy forces of Chloe and Janis to locate him. As it turns out, Jack is only being held because once he’s dead, the pathogen can be extracted from his organs to reconstitute more weapons of mass destruction. Who knew Tony could be so resourceful. He recognizes this, which is why he begs Cara to have Alan Wilson formally allow him to join the Coalition Gang.
Back in the Connecticut Avenue tunnel, Renee tries to hail Kim without causing too much of a ruckus. She has Kim paged to the white courtesy phone at the gate, only to keep her long enough to raise Bob and Sarah’s (yes, that’s their names) suspicion levels. Bob takes it upon himself to secure Kim… so he begins shooting up the terminal; particularly the agents headed his way. Sarah takes Kim hostage, yet the spunky blonde Bauer stabs her to not only get away, but to have the bad girl go down in a barrage of bullets. Bob is shot as well, yet he breaks free. Kim gives chase (allowing her to awesomely utter Daddy’s favorite phrase!), but manages to make the smart move by alerting the police. Bob nearly breaks free, but multiple shots through the windshield lead to his car flipping over and catching fire. This gives Kim the chance to put on her common sense hat by reaching into the engulfed car to retrieve the laptop. And that’s just the first hour… the final 60 minutes blow that out of the water.
It took Olivia just over half a day to knock Ethan from his position of power… but he returned the favor in a fraction of that time. When she realizes she didn’t destroy the actual flash drive; well, the look on her face is priceless. All he wants is for her to come clean to Mama President. It’s a touching family gathering when Olivia reveals Jonas is dead (mostly) because of her actions. While she doesn’t directly appeal for Mom to sweep the matter under the rug, she does bring to light that Roger is dead because of Jonas. A weakened Henry takes his daughter’s side by encouraging his wife to cover the whole mess up… for the good of the family. Lucky for us, Allison Taylor comes from the School of David Palmer and does the right thing by having Olivia remanded into federal custody. She may have just lost what family she had left, but she’s earned my respect.
The Jack and Tony chase sequence leads to a taxi garage, which Jack tries to blow up using leaking fuel and a flare. Tony finds a forklift to force open the garage door and take Jack back into custody. Before when I said Jack was a hostage only because of the pathogen inside him? Yeah, no. He’s just using his former friend to gain ultimate access to Alan Wilson, who as it turns out was Tony’s target all along. Alan was the man pulling the Charles Logan strings: the Sentox gas attacks, David Palmer’s assassination, the guy who had Michelle Dessler (and, as it turns out, his unborn son) killed AND colluded with Jonas to help General Juma unleash the terror in DC. The man has been busy, that’s for sure. Tony is ready to end his reign by strapping a bomb to Jack.
Surprisingly, Alan decides to meet Tony in person to determine whether he’s worthy to join the gang. The comprehensive security sweep looks efficient, but when you fail to account for FBI helicopters, you might as well have sat on your hands. Renee and company sweep in to take out most of the redshirt bad guys. Meanwhile, Cara safely moves Alan into the warehouse, only to have Tony kill her in front of her boss. Dude, that’s just harsh. He launches into his monologue against Alan… it appears he’s taking many years of frustration out on Alan’s kidneys. Just before the two reach their most awesome moment, Renee and Jack bust in to wound him. The last we hear of Tony is his telling of the dynamic duo that they’ll be sorry. So much for honoring Michelle.
Since Tony spared his life, Renee won’t be extracting much info from Alan. She even goes as far as to ask Jack (on a gurney) what he would do. Not surprisingly, he can only really suggest “whatever it takes,” so long as it a choice “you can live with.” You can almost see Renee transform into Jack before your very eyes.
What is somewhat surprising is that Chloe and Janis make up in a way you’d expect those two characters to do so. After that, Janis takes a series of forms for Renee to sign, who has just arrived with Alan to the interrogation room. When Janis refuses Renee’s order to leave, Agent Walker goes ballistic; she busts the door keypad and has Janis handcuff herself at gunpoint. Alan is calm and cool in the room… that is, until he catches a glance at Renee’s crazy eyes!
By this point, Jack is clinging to life by the thinnest of threads. He calls for Muthadi, the imam of Jibraan’s mosque, to sit and pray with him. Behind all the tangled webs that is Jack Bauer, he is simply a man. Dr. Sunny confirms nothing more can be done for Jack, aside from morphine that will put him in a coma. It’s at this point Kim arrives, desperately begging the good doctor to go ahead with the radical stem cell treatment. We end with Kim sitting on her father’s hospital bed… taking his hand, not ready to let him go.
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So what are your thoughts on Day Seven? Is “24” back and better than ever? Are you pumped and ready for next season?
24 (May 18, Fox)
What do you do on a typical day from 6 to 8 am? Because Jack Bauer is spending those two morning hours wrapping up his latest day from hell. Will Jack, who has taken an especially hard licking — addled by a lethal pathogen and what not — keep on ticking? And who else from this season will survive another harrowing 120 minutes and partake in the Fox series’ next “day” to be set in New York City? Tune in and keep your eyes on the clock. Source: TV Guide Online
Season 7 Finale Preview of ’24′: Kim Held Hostage
Source: Ace Showbiz TV News
Fox will close the seventh season of ’24′ with two-hour event full of terror and action that had Jack Bauer pleading for death in peace.
The clock has returned after a full spin, “24” will end the seventh season on Monday, May 18 with a two-hour finale. “Day 7: 6:00 AM-7:00 AM” and “Day 7: 7:00 AM-8:00 AM” 2-hour season finale episode airs on FOX starting 8/7c. After 22 hellacious hours underscored by the loss of innocent lives, the evil betrayal of Tony Almeida, the First Gentleman’s kidnapping and shooting, a vicious siege on the White House, heroic sacrifices, a conspiracy, exposure to a lethal pathogen and an unthinkable bio-weapon attack, Jack Bauer reaches an emotional breaking point as this remarkable day reaches its climactic conclusion. “24″ has been ordered for an eight season and casting calls have been conducted. One particular important character which will be introduced next season is a 4-year-old girl named Teri who is described as Kim Bauer’s daughter.
Question: Tell me something about the 24 finale. I’m dying to hear anything! Ausiello: Can’t help you with the finale. Can help you with Monday’s penultimate ep, which finds Jack Bauer going all Jack Bauer on Tony. It’s a brutal scene, so if extreme violence isn’t your thing, run for cover right around the halfway point. Just make sure you come back in time to catch Chloe and Janis’ hilarious sneer-off. Source: The Ausiello Files
Question: 24 scoop, please? Ausiello: I actually do have something about the finale: Kim will play a major part in it. And you’ll find out why next week. Source: The Ausiello Files
Chloe is back next week. After being hit by the news of Bill’s death and getting updated on the terrorist’s next plans, she will have some hard and fast personal decisions to make. (TV Guide)
3:00 AM-4:00 AM – Airing April 27, 2009
The nation remains vulnerable as Starkwood mastermind Jonas Hodges (guest star Jon Voight) remains at the epicenter of the mounting terrorist threat. Meanwhile, the FBI and the administration scramble to provide security and justice, and Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) questions a key suspect. (Fox)
4:00 AM-5:00 AM – Airing May 4, 2009
While lives remain on the line, some are lost, and an emotional Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) copes with the declining conditions. With only three hours left, the devastating day worsens when the politicking inside the White House corners the divided administration. (Fox)
5:00 AM-6:00 AM – Airing May 11, 2009
With the countdown on and innocent lives still targeted, Jack handles the situation and his imperiled daughter, Kim (guest star Elisha Cuthbert), gets involved. Meanwhile, the imminent threat stokes the heated rivalry between Chloe O’Brian and Janis Gold (Janeane Garofalo). (Fox)
6:00 AM-7:00 AM / 7:00 AM-8:00 AM Season Finale – Airing May 18, 2009
After 22 hellacious hours underscored by the loss of innocent lives, the evil betrayal of colleagues, the First Gentleman’s kidnapping and shooting, a vicious siege on the White House, heroic sacrifices, a conspiracy, exposure to a lethal pathogen and an unthinkable bio-weapon attack, Jack reaches an emotional tipping point as the remarkable day ticks toward its climactic conclusion. (Fox)
Question: News on Tony and the 24 finale? Ausiello: Speaking of Tony, the evil douche was the topic of conversation at Tuesday’s finale screening in Hollywood. Kiefer Sutherland admitted that Carlos Bernard wasn’t expecting fans to hold him personally accountable for his character’s actions. “Two episodes in he started getting hate mail,” he said. “Then he started getting the hate phone calls. It made him a little nervous.” For his part, Bernard views Tony as a victim. “I don’t perceive Tony as evil. He’s gone through really traumatic events. He’s a damaged individual. He’s a guy who doesn’t trust anybody anymore, feels abandoned and feels he has to take matters into his own hands.” Exec producer Jon Cassar urges viewers to reserve judgment until after Monday’s finale. “I know right now they are kind of upset that he’s bad, but it all kind of becomes clear in episode 24. We really wanted [the season] to end with Tony and Jack, and that’s how it’s going to end.” Fellow e.p. Howard Gordon was slightly less apologetic. “If people are disappointed or don’t like [how Tony's arc is resolved], too bad.” (Make that a lot less apologetic.) Source: The Ausiello Files
Question: Do you know if Janeane Garofalo will be back on 24 next season? I’m kind of digging Janis. Ausiello: Sorry to disappoint, but Janis will not be making the trek to New York. “I think the secret of this show is knowing when characters have had their story,” explains exec producer Howard Gordon. “And to transpose everybody [from D.C. to New York] starts feeling very coincidental. Even getting Chloe there … you have to explain how she got from Washington to New York and what happened. You can’t do that for everybody.” Source: The Ausiello Files
Question: Any scoop on the 24 finale? Ausiello: “Renee is all over the place in these last two episodes,” reveals Annie Wersching. “I got to do my favorite stunt [of the season] — and they let me do it myself. It involves hanging off of a car and shooting and saving someone. It was really cool.” Source: The Ausiello Files