Female 24 prez leads casting changes

The idea of a female president in the White House is ever so close to becoming a reality, but until the first president to wear high heels gets sworn in, it's up to the world of television to fill the gap.

Cherry Jones is slated to be the next fictional female president in Fox's 24, Fox announced today. Though Jones forte is stage work, she has an extensive film portfolio, including recent films Ocean's Twelve and The Village. She also has experience in a fictional Oval Office setting, as she guest starred in The West Wing.

Female presidents are far from new to television, as evidenced by a few recent examples. Mary McDonnell has received rave reviews for her portrayal of Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica, though her ascension from Secretary of Education to president was due to the rest of the government being evaporated in a Cylon attack. She at least fared better than Commander in Chief's Mackenzie Allen, played by Geena Davis. ABC impeached the show before it could go for a second term.

Elsewhere in Hollywoodland, Jericho will welcome Esai Morales to its cast, according to Reuters. He'll play Colonel Hoffman, a military-minded man who is searching for his wife and is scheduled to appear in six of the seven renewed episodes of the revitalized drama. Morales most recently appeared in Vanished and played Lt. Tony Rodriguez in NYPD Blue.

Friday Night Lights is adding to its team and has recruited a pair for its upcoming season. Glenn Morshower will play Chad Clarke, father of Landry Clarke, and Daniella Alonso will play Carlotta, a nurse who helps Matt care for his grandmother. Morshower is best known as 24's Aaron Pierce, and Alonso played Anna Taggaro on One Tree Hill.

Finally, wrongfully imprisoned cop drama Life has swapped out one 30-plus-year-old hottie for another. Brooke Langton (Friday Night Lights, The Replacements) has signed on to replace Melissa Sagemiller (Sleeper Cell) as the lawyer who gets the lead character (played by Damien Lewis) out of jail. Sagemiller played the part in the show's pilot.

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well...ok....we will see how how she is doing as Mrs.President ^^
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Just what 24 needs.
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Go Life and OTH!!!
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Looking forward to see Cherry Jones as the new president for 24
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The best female President so far Laura Roslin (Mary McDonell)
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Brooke Langton should have stayed on Fiday Night lights, I'm not going to watch life, see will be missed.
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They need to do something different - 24 is getting really tired, season 6 was pretty bad.
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Chloe is coming back.



Hopefully this will be the first of many changes. I'm excited to see the new season.
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Long as Chloe is back I don't care...
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You should note that the gaps *between* seasons in 24 are a few years, so it makes perfect sense for them to go from Palmer, to Keeler/Logan, to Palmer/Daniels to newbie. Though I'm disapointed Daniels won't be president for season 7. Powers Boothe rules.
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so thats been 3 presidents in the last few year, doesnt seem very realistic but o well.
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good news for Jericho, hope that it gets a full second season
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See: Prison Break: Patricia Wettig, President Caroline Reynolds.
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OMG! I have no clue what's happening! Daniella Alonso - pfft! - the girl can't act!



But YAY! Another female president!
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female president...cool!!



should make the show quite interesting
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i want a real female president vote clinton!
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Cherry Jones... wasn't that Punk Brewster's best friend? lol
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Daniella Alonso is an awesome actress. Its a shame, OTH could've written her back in with this 4 year jump but oh well. It'll be great to see her on yet another fantastic show. :)
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