News Briefs: The CW Kicks Cult to Fridays

THE MIDSEASON HITS CONTINUE

... The CW's Cult has already been broken up. The network is moving the low performer to Fridays at 9pm starting March 8 because no one is watching it—only two episodes have aired so far. The show drew a 0.3 in the 18-49 demographic in each of its airings, which is like H8R levels of bad. Taking over its Tuesday 9pm slot will be repeats of other CW shows that people don't watch. [The CW via press release]


OH YEAH THIS SHOW EXISTS NEWS


... After developing it, casting it, shooting it, editing it, sound mixing it, and polishing it for broadcast, Fox finally remembered that it also has to air The Goodwin Games, a sitcom that it announced way, way, way, way, way, way back in May at its Upfronts. But the show will make it to air Monday, May 20 at 8:30pm, 375 days after it was ordered. All seven episodes (its order was cut down from 13) will air for seven straight Mondays as a summer burn-off. The Goodwin Games stars Becki Newton, T.J. Miller, and Scott Foley as siblings who reconnect in order to get a stake of their father's inheritance. It's the same old routine for Becki Newton, who was a hot property after Ugly Betty was canceled and landed on NBC's Love Bites. Love Bites was also dumped to the summer, over a year after it was ordered. TV, what do you have against the adorable Becki Newton? [TV Line]


DATES AND SERIES ORDERS

... ABC has announced a pair of premiere dates for shows aimed at ladies who want to dump their boyfriends. The next cycle of The Bachelorette will premiere Monday, May 20 at 9pm (right after The Goodwin Games!). My bet is that Desiree will be the new lady picking a man. Oh come on, don't lie, you watch The Bachelor too. Midseason soap Mistresses, starring Alyssa Milano and Yunjin Kim as ladies "on a path of self discovery" (a.k.a. recklessly bonin' married dudes), will debut Monday, May 27 at 10pm, right after The Bachelorette. Monday on ABC, adultery night! [ABC via press release] 

... USA continues to steer toward reality with a series order for Camp, a 10-episode competition show that throws adults into a summer-camp experience. Sixteen adults will play campy games, form summer romances, and ask their kids to come pick them up after the first day because it's terrible and they don't know anyone! [Deadline Hollywood

... Discovery Fit & Health has ordered the docu-drama Funeral Boss, because there's a [blank] Boss for every other occupation out there, so why not? Funeral home director Bill Harris and his family will be at the center of the six-episode series. Look for it March 14 at 10pm. I hope the show includes the pitch to grieving families: "We'll knock $25 off your funeral if you let us film and broadcast your grandma being embalmed." [Variety]

SO MUCH CASTING. SO MUCH.

... Pilot-casting season always does a bit of fortune-telling for current shows as stars take new jobs and signal the demise of their former employers. In related news, Touch star Kiefer Sutherland has been offered a lead role in NBC's The Black List, about a master criminal who offers to turn himself in and hand over every bad guy he's dealt with if he's allowed to give them up to an FBI agent that he seemingly has no connection to. But if you were Kiefer, would you rather be on a doomed Fox show or an NBC pilot? You're going to see a lot of news stories out there that refer to Kiefer Sutherland as 24's Kiefer Sutherland, but let's be honest here, he's The Lost Boys' Kiefer Sutherland. [EW]

... Angela Kinsey, Angela from The Office, has been cast in Fox's comedy pilot The Gabriels. She'll play the wife of Rob Riggle's character and the mother of a Wisconsin family "that lives in a community of over-sharers." Whatever that means. You're going to see a lot of news stories out there that refer to Angela Kinsey as The Office's Angela Kinsey, and they'll be right.  [TV Line]

... Ron Livingston has been cast as a regular in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. He'll play a fancy businessman who catches the eye of Gretchen Mol's character. You're going to see a lot of news stories out there that refer to Ron Livingston as Office Space's Ron Livingston, but let's be honest here, he's Swingers' Ron Livingston. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fringe's J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams has a new pilot in the works about ROBOT COPS. And playing the main ROBOT COP will be Michael Ealy. You're going to see a lot of news stories out there that refer to Michael Ealy as Common Law's Michael Ealy or The Good Wife's Michael Ealy, but let's be honest here, he's Sleeper Cell's Michael Ealy. [EW]

... Chyler Leigh has been cast in NBC's interesting-sounding comedy pilot Holding Patterns, about a group of friends whose lives are changed after they survive a plane crash. She'll play a flighty slacker named Leah. You're going to see a lot of news stories out there that refer to Chyler Leigh as Grey's Anatomy's Chyler Leigh, but let's be honest here, she's Not Another Teen Movie's Chyler Leigh. [TV Line]

... Donal Logue will return to Sons of Anarchy in Season 6, as the mysterious Lee Toric. Logue has also signed to join BBC America's Copper in its second season. Both roles allow him to keep that awesome beard. You're going to see a lot of news stories out there that refer to Donal Logue as Terriers' Donal Logue, but let's be honest here, he's The Tao of Steve's Donal Logue. Actually screw that, Terriers' Donal Logue works for me too. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Stephen Root has been cast in the Fox comedy pilot To My Future Assistant, a show about assistants at a prestigious law firm in New York City. He'll play the boss of the character played by Brittany Snow. You're going to see a lot of news stories out there that refer to Stephen Root as NewsRadio's Stephen Root or Boardwalk Empire's Stephen Root or King of the Hill's Stephen Root or Office Space's Stephen Root, but let's be honest here, he's so awesome he's just Stephen Root. [The Wrap]


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I am curious to check Cult out. After all it's got T-bag in it from Prison Break!
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No honorable mention of him as Justified's Stephen Root?
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Wishes networks would plan alternative "mysteries" into single season "mini-series". Pre-plan a proper close - then if it's wildly successful, these multi-mystery type shows would be fairly easy for writers to extend.

Planning a cool ending ahead of time might draw in more viewers that've become wary of fickle network execs being cancel-crazy, not delivering the ending we crave so much!
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CBS did this a few years back with a show called "harpers island".It is a cool horror mystery about people being killed and trying to figure out who the killer is.Sounds like the same ol same ol but it's really good and ran through the summer for 13 episodes.So yes i agree with what your saying.
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Sooo basically, Chyler Leigh is playing Lexie Grey in an alternate universe where she actually survived the plane crash?! M'kay.

Oh Cult. So the show , about a show about a cult that's really a cult. Or that show about alternate universe Alaric buddying up and potentially sleeping with alternate universe Bonnie Bennett in the search to find out what happen to his brother, in an alternate universe of The Following isn't so much fizzling out as it is crashing and burning. Matt Davis deserves a bottle of Bourbon for this. And then he can mosey his way back to TVD where he belongs, and they can find a way to raise him from the dead so he can be snarky,sad, drunk "responsible adult" with the best friend who is a sociopath. Maybe Bonnie can nosebleed and blow leaves and raise him from the dead or something. Please tell me this can happen! Maybe she can put Jeremy's spirit into Alaric's body, since Jer no longer has one (such a waste...it was such a spectacular body) and then Jer and Alaric can be all Jekyll and Hyde with a split personality in the same body, which leads to inappropriate moments with Bonnie, and good time shenanigans with Damon.

The what games? Huh. Becki Newton. Scott Foley. I can get down with that. You know, if I remember that it's actually coming on two months from now and what not.

Robocop? Oh for heaven's sake. Why?! Why Michael Ealy? I love you man. I really do. Which means I'll indulge my shallow side and actually watch something I know I'll hate, something I know will fail, just to see those gorgeous eyes and that pretty face. Ugh.
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I can't help myself--> TERRIERS!!!

I thought the CW always planned to move The Cult to fridays but I wouldn't be surprised if I was wrong about this
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On the one hand, I'm glad that Cult is on Friday since there's less competition and Nikita and Cult may have an audience overlap but on the other hand, I'm dreading the day when Grimm comes back to that timeslot since that show has already established an audience and more people would probably prefer to watch that than Cult.
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guy ledouche???? WTH?

on side note looking forward for the Goodwin games, after all if tj miller is in it, it will be funny... well lets hope so :P

Ron Livingston on boardwalk should be entertaining
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Yay for Alyssa Milano! I love her. But her last few attempts at getting on television have been less than stellar, so crossing my fingers.

Or maybe she should just go back to the CW and cast some spells. Maybe she can show those witches on Supernatural and Vampire Diaries how it's SUPPOSED to be done! Bam!
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What, Cult's premise of being a hit show on The CW hasn't come true? Gasp and shock, who could have seen that coming? Oh wait, everybody. And another midseason show falls to the most brutal midseasoning of all.

Wow, I totally forgot about The Goodwin Games... mainly because its premise told me to and because Fox sucks.

Camp sounds like a reality show that I won't watch, but could see tuning into on a slow weekend.

Angela Kinsey playing "the wife and mom" character seems too easy, and it's Fox so it's pre-canceled. Sounds like a waste of her time for pilot season.

I've seen Michael Ealy play a cop, I'll have a hard time believing he's a robot or a cop. Mann & Machine 2014, come on down!

Stephen Root as a boss? I hope he's a Jimmy James type of boss and not a stiff, we've been missing Jimmy James type characters lately.
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I remember the show with Yancy Butler as a cyborg/robot a good 20 years ago, in the early 90s when I was in my early 20s. It was short lived, but I saw every episode of it.
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I'm not sure I ever watched Mann & Machine, I like Yancy Butler but I got the feeling it was destined to be canned quickly and I hate getting invested in shows that die quickly. There were other robot cop shows in that era too, obviously the Robocop live-action show and also Total Recall 2070.
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Cult deserves it. Although I believe the ^original^ Cult, you know the show they are playing in the ^show^ would be a better hit then the coverup-Cult show.
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Not looking good for Cult, which isn't that great anyways.
Been waiting for the Goodwin Games for a while now!
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I don't understand what people find adorable about Becki Newton. Cannot stand her.

I had every intention of watching Cult, but now that it's doomed, all I can think about is Ways Alaric Can Return!!
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totaly my thought too. Suddenly finding myself on board with bringing down the veil
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NOOO! Don't get me wrong, Damion needs Alaric as much as Matt needs Jeremy (that last episode gutted me), but there is too much at stake (pun intended) if Bonnie follows through with the spell. Although I definitely anticipate a greater storyline with Silas, I don't think that will include Bonnie's murder of another dozen people and the return of every deceased person we've hated to see leave over the years. Would I welcome the characters back? Heck yes! Jenna is easy on the eyes. But if anything, I think they should come back as ghosts. Maybe that's what dropping the veil would accomplish. Not the physical return of our favorites, but their spectral return, visible to all, not just those who've touched the other side. Or not. I miss Jeremy. Burn the dozen!
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Esther already told us that Jenna isn't stuck on the Other Side - she's at peace or something. So, no Jenna. Initially I agreed with you - god, how annoying to have to deal with all the dead critters again. But then i started to make a list of who is over there:
Alaric
Grams
Mikael
LEXI LEXI LEXI
JerJer
Vicki
Ana
Pearl
The rest of the Tomb Vamps
Rose
Rose's friend died-almost-immediately
Kol (who would probably head to New Orleans and the spin off, yay)
Sage
Mason
The rest of the hybrids
isobel
did i already mention Alaric?

Out of that list, it's maybe the Tomb vamps that would be annoying. The rest would just be varying degrees of cool or troublesome-but-cool. I'm on board. I think Bonnie will kill 12 vampires, since she knows they will be reborn, and that will include Caroline or Elena, so then everyone will get on board with the plan. Because let's face it, Bonnie is batpoop crazy - not even in a dark willow way, just plain old nuts.


What's that? TVD fans hijacking another show's thread what?
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I didn't even bother watching The Cult,so I won't really talk shit about it. But I will say this...guy who played T-Bag in Prison Break,that was his big break and role,that was meant for him. Ever since then,every character he plays are wanna-be T-Bags and they all suck. Even,when he played T-Bag in Breakout Kings:D It's done,move on...your 15min of fame are up...
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Yeh, I couldn't believe that bit in Breakout Kings. At first I was like wow... that guy has range... he went from playing a one-armed prisoner to a one-armed prisoner. Then I realized he was actually playing T-Bag and I was even more perplexed.

The guy does need to find a better role. And from what little I've seen of Cult I guess he's doing a solid job. But I don't have hopes for the show.
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Tim! You changed your profile pic! Noooooo!!!
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any news on hart of dixie being cancelled? i hope not.
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That is a darn fine show with a wonderful variety of quirky characters, a great sense of community and familiarity, and charm the likes of which we haven't seen since "Gilmore Girls." Viva le Bluebell!
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i know i reckon its the same set as gilmore girls lol
same with bunheads
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I love Chyler Leigh playing in a show about plane crash survivors; it doesn't matter if it'll be good, this casting irony has my like
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Heh, Chyler Leigh returns from out of nowhere to spell doom for yet another show. I like her but the poor girl definitely seems to be a curse.
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"Cult" works better with "Nikita" anyways not "Hart of Dixie". I am all for this move. Now maybe “Cult” will have a chance to catch on.
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I tried giving Cult a fair shake but the first episode was all over the place and the second was twice as bad.
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'To My Future Assistant' sounds absolutely nothing like 'Suits'... -_-
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Cult is as good as canceled
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Stephen Root is the shit. He is always the best in everything he does.
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...or true blood's stephen root or dodgeball's stephen root or tripping the rift's stephen root...

and it's barbershop's michael ealy.
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Well, Cult, like Zero Hour, is another intriguing show which apparently no one is watching, likely because of zero promotion. The only reason I knew about the show was because I check out this website! No ads at all on the CW that I've seen. Anyway, Cult and Zero Hour are shows that had me totally glued to my tv set for the entire hour. Loved them both.
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Cult would have a better chance if The CW had premiered this earlier than TCD since it's promoting the shit out of TCD and TCD is a few episodes in that it's already established an audience.
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If JJ Abrams can get a pilot about ROBOT COPS on the air, we'll know for sure he can get anything on the air. I hope they talk in monotone voices.
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Correction - That 80's Show Chyler Leigh.
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Is The Tao of Steve's Donal Logue related at all to ER's Donal Logue, or Grounded For Life's Donal Logue? Cause I've heard of two of them...
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How about "That 80's Show"'s Chyler Leigh? And "Grounded for Life"'s Donal Logue?!
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With NBC "success" then Kiefer Sutherland could proberly do both shows. :-)
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First of, could you guys at TV.com not post two links to the same article on the top of the home page? Ya know, the one with blue banner then the same at right under "Most Recent News"? Is stupidly redundant, which irritates me, and you're bumping other recent headlines towards the bottom.

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CW should try repeating The Secret Circle. What do they have to lose and I can see the three episodes I missed and watch the rest I recorded.

Becki Newton should have stayed on How I Met Your Mother. She had great chemistry and potential with Neal Patrick Harris. She makes more sense than Robin (Smulders), if developed right.

Reality shows are winning people. Take a look at cable ratings and see shows like Justified, White Collar, and sadly, Being Human losing to them more and more. Then again, Justified is losing to Pretty Little Liars.

I thought that photo was of the funeral guy at first and wondered if Surtherland knew if he had a twin.

And yes, I too noticed the irony of Chyler Leigh not surviving her Grey's crash being on a show where she does survive one. Why did she leave Grey's anyway?
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just go to pirate bay or some thign and the the ones you missed lol
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Not surprised about Cult. Aside from The Following, is there any new network show doing well this late in the season? Red Widow and Hannibal should share the same fate.

Haha, robot cops... I'm loving all these high-concept pilots. Hope it gets picked up.
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Anyone else find the irony in Chyler Leigh's first post-Greys gig being about surviving a plane crash?
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That picture of Kiefer Sutherland is so smokin' I'm pretty shocked Creepy Duchovny didn't make an appearance :(
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And why wouldn't a network lean toward Reality shows if they can get idiots to watch 'em. They're cheaper to make...
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an there are idiots by the dozen just going by how many reality shows there are and they keep making!
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IDIOCRACY...it's coming true
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forgot to say Stephen Root is in Idiocracy;D
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Funeral Boss? Wasn't there something like that already tried and failed a few years ago...maybe on A&E...?
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NBC trying to copy White Collar
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It's Justified's Stephen Root. And Knights of Prosperity's Donal Logue. Yeah, I went there.
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I had to think for about ten seconds before I remembered him on Justified. But I remember him clearly from True Blood and Pushing Daisies. I agree about Donal Logue though.
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he's the judge who doesn't like to wear pants =)
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No, its NewsRadio's Stephen Root, but Knights of Prosperity, yeah...
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He was barely on NewsRadio until after they lose Phil Hartman
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Actually, it's Newsradio's Stephen Root. Trust me, I would know.
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To quote Joe, "You tell 'em, Mr. James!"
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For the love of God Kiefer, stop screwing around on unsuccessful tv shows and get the 24 movie series started before it's too late!
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"Body Shots"' Ron Livingston and "Grounded For Life"'s Donal Logue.
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Swingers was pretty great, but no, and I'm being honest here, he's Office Space's Ron Livingston.
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I think the question really should be. Should Kiefer stay on a doomed Fox show or go do a pilot for a doomed NBC show?

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which will pay more? I'm serious and I'm a Kiefer fan (24 is one of my favorites if not favorite show)--plus he killed it in Freeway and Lost Boys
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Actually I say he should move away from TV and just kick out 24 movies for the next few years. I wasn't around for the whole 24 series. But when busted my leg up I think I watched the whole series in a couple weeks time.
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couldn't reply to the comment below.
I have low expectations but I will definitely watch it. It may be best to have low expectations~then one may actually be pleasantly surprised;-)

Jack Bauer is my hero! I never found Kiefer attractive until 24 (insert girly heart shapes~lol). I hope he the jack bauer that tortured and gutted the sniper who killed his "girlfriend" in the last season--total off the rails badass Jack Bauer.

If it isn't to PC and has well choreographed fights/action then it may surprise me.
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forgot to say: ever since 24 ended Kiefer has talked about a movie in the works. If it has a script and funding then he should be able to free up his schedule soon and actually get the movie made. I think the funding fell through earlier or he had scheduling conflicts...

whether or not the movie happens and whether or not it is good or back, Jack Bauer is the most badass character ever. Yes, I'm biased:-)

you can't go wrong with 42 being 24 backwards (you, hitchhiker's guide to the universe know what I mean)...lol, slightly delirious here
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Hardcore 24 fanatic here:-0

I watched all episodes back to back online a few years ago and then re-watched them all back to back a little over a year ago. That's a first for me (hence the moniker "24 fanatic").

Anyway, I don't think a movie would work. It couldn't have the "real time" component that made it so unique. I, a truly fanatical fan of 24, think the movie would be a let down. There is a tiny part of me that wants a movie that gives Jack a better ending but I really don't think a movie would work.

There was a "movie"--took place in Africa I think...right before the season where the white house was invaded and the president and 1st daughter were held hostage. The movie in-between the seasons was ok but wasn't as good as any of the real seasons imo.

Maybe I'm being to negative but I don't see how a 1-2 hour movies could capture the greatness of 24.
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It might not but there was an interview with Kiefer not too long ago on a late night show and he said that a 24 movie is in the works. And show quality or not. I will gladly give up a couple hours of my time and some money to watch Jack Bauer kill some terrorists.
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Doomed as doomed can be...
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