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Comic-Con '07: One hour with 24

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SAN DIEGO--24's Jack Bauer may not cast spells, have superpowers, or be hand drawn, but he was represented at Comic-Con 2007 nonetheless. Above the busy show floor, the 24 panel was held with director Jon Cassar and executive producers Evan Katz, Manny Coto, and David Fury.

This panel took place between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

1:25:34--Fans are lead into room 6A.

1:31:24--The panel begins. It only takes a few seconds for producers to jokingly point blame on each other for season six. "I wanted to say we decided to blame season six on David Fury," said Coto.

1:32:56--After a few jokes, the execs officially start the panel with big news. The CTU will not be in season seven. The organization is actually disbanded by the government, leaving Jack Bauer to fend for himself. However, the execs admit that it's only officially disbanded, meaning that it could exist in some sort of underground state.

The other big news dropped on the still-gasping audience is that season seven will take place in...Washington D.C.

They explain that the season will start off with Jack Bauer being hauled before the Senate Committee to answer questions about "what are perceived to be" crimes that he committed. From there, the plot will thicken and Jack will be pulled into--wait for it--something that turns into something huge.

1:37:13--Mary Lynn Rajskub will return as her character Chloe O'Brien. However, it is not explained how or when she will reappear. "And we're very close to re-signing Kiefer Sutherland," quipped Fury.

1:39:07--The subject turns to fan favorite Tony Almeida. Is he dead? The go-to comment of "Keep watching!" from the execs is the immediate reply, followed by the funnier, "Tony is alive in our hearts."

1:42:54--Finally the quartet--who could double as a comedy troupe the way they're fielding questions--gets a bit serious and drops a small hint that Almeida is actually still alive...by not confirming he is dead.

"To say anything definitive either way would ruin the process," said Coto.

1:46:24--But Katz took it even one step further. "I think it's fair to say if we haven't definitely portrayed a character as dead, it's a good bet they're probably not dead."

1:50:26--The writers have not yet decided on how far season seven takes place after season six.

1:55:16--Finally, a fan questions one of the show's weaknesses--the suspension of belief needed to make the show work in real time.

"I live in [Los Angeles'] San Fernando Valley. How is it possible that Jack Bauer can get from downtown Los Angeles to Van Nuys in 10 minutes!?!?"

"You have to know the right side streets," said Fury, who emerged as the star of the panel with his Kevin Nealon-like presence.

1:59:23--Audience members voice their displeasure with the character of Kim Bauer and plead with the execs not to bring her back. They pull no punches, bluntly saying, "Kim Bauer is retarded."

2:03:33--The character Aaron Pierce may be returning to the show at some point. "There is a definite possibility of yes; we're big fans," said Coto.

2:08:27--There's no way the writers decide who lives and dies. They're real people with jobs and children. They originally didn’t tell cast members when they would die. Peter Weller was supposed to die after five episodes, but he talked his way out of it. At one point Aaron Pierce was going to die, and at five points, Tony was supposed to die.

"Louis Lombardi still doesn’t know he's dead," said Coto.

"He keeps coming by every week; it's really embarrassing," joked Cassar.

2:14:05--Hopefully the 24 movie will still happen, says the panel. They explain that it would be hard to do both at the same time, so a movie--if it ever happens--would have to wait until after the show is done on TV.

2:17:00--Donald Sutherland--Kiefer's biological father--was considered for Jack's dad, but things did not work out.

2:20:09--Jack Bauer's magic bag is discussed. They joke that only Jack Bauer could look walk around with a purse and still look cool. The bag is the size it is because the crew doesn’t know what the writers will say is in the bag until later. Kiefer actually picked the design of the bag.

2:22:17--An alternate ending was considered for the finale of season six that saw an old character coming back. In it, Bauer is walking along a cliff when he hears a voice. "Jack," says the voice. A figure walks out of the shadows and its Tony Almeida. "Jack, come with me, we have a lot to talk about." This is further evidence that Tony may still be alive.

2:23:45--"We're not doing anything on the DVD for between seasons," says Cassar to a disappointed crowd.

2:24:12--One fan compliments Fury's ability to write strong female characters, to which the boy's club immediately rails on him.

2:27:46--The panel recalls when Kiefer found out that there is a college-drinking game focusing on every time Jack says, "Dammit!" Sutherland allegedly improvised "Dammit" five times in a row in one scene and said, "Boy that’s going to be a great night when they do that one," referring to the soon to be drunken frat boys playing the 24 drinking game.

2:30:12--The panel ends to applause.

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I also hated it when Tony supposedly died, but I also liked it when he seemed to come to Jack as a ghost. Having him help Jack as a ghost is an interesting concept to me. It could bring Tony back and at the same time make people think he might be still alive!
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Sounds like it was good.
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Well, hopefully these little tidbits are just a sense of a tastier season to come for Season 7. I am curious as to the statement about Kiefer almost being signed on ... did he not sign a 3-year contract not too long ago?
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After being a huge fan of Seasons 1-3, and feeling the show had a steady decline since then culminating in outright horrible seasons in 5 and 6, I have to admit this gives me great hope. The removal of the repetitive CTU drama will be a great start, bringing back Tony would be another amazing step(killing off characters non stop = bad), and a possible return to the grittier underground feel of Season 1 hinted at in some of the comments would be more than welcome. Most of all they just need another strong villian that isn't a generic super-terrorist. The Bond-esque series of season 3 villians by far being the best model.
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Oooooo, Tony might come back? Sweet! Here comes my enthusiasm for the series!
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I'm quite excited for the location change. It'll be cool to see how that affects the show. Are we gonna see more scenes where Bauer and the President are actually in the same room?
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I miss Michelle. If they bring back Tony they better bring back the charred Michelle as well.
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Alias lost a LOT of points with me by never killing characters for good. Vaughn coming back was just plain silly. Tony's situation's a bit different, it was a strong injection, but maybe, just maybe, it wasn't as lethal as he thought when he went to "kill" Henderson with it.
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They better have a damn good explanation for Tony's comeback, otherwise the show will look like a joke. Don't get me wrong I was so upset that Tony died but at the same time it made for strong, dramatic viewing. For them to bring him back would ruin it and the shows credibility. Why is Kim Bauer hated? I like her and because of the stupid fans dislike of her, the producers won't bring her back (and she is Alive, they should use her and not bring back dead characters). If they wanna bring back dead people, then bring back Nina, the greatest villain ever in 24 or David Palmer. Can't believe the movie won't come out until the show is over, that could be ages (I don't want the show to end) No ctu sounds like a bad idea, however, having an underground station similar to ctu would work. I can't wait for season 7 in 2008.
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No LA!! :)

No CTU (hence no moles :) )

Tony !!??! :D



Can't wait
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24 rocks
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Oh baby!!! Tony still has hope! He has to be alive and you know that they are thinking about it. The creators know that they made a huge mistake in killing him and they now thank God that they left the door open for him to be alive, which who very much please all the audience.
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thanks for this :)
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Wow, looking forward to Tony Almeida
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