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24, season 4

Postby TerraFrost » Mon May 24, 2004 2:07 am

http://tv.zap2it.com/tveditorial/tve_ma ... 1|,00.html

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - Regular viewers of FOX's "24" know that even if you catch every episode, figuring out where the plot is going is often a challenge. One week Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer is in Mexico and the next week, Mexico doesn't matter anymore. One week Dennis Haysbert's President Palmer has a girlfriend whose husband is committing suicide and the next week she's gone, never to be mentioned again. Some weeks Jack's hooked on smack and a virus is about to take over the West Coast and then the next week, Jack's clean and sober and the virus is a secondary concern.
Throw in the programming interruptions that often preempt "24" for multiple weeks at a stretch and it's no wonder that the ratings for the award winning drama have been erratic this season.

FOX aims to bring stability back to "24" next year. The series won't return until January, when it moves into a new time period on Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET. The show will get a two-hour premiere and a two-hour finale. FOX Entertainment President Gail Berman also promises a two-hour special event episode in the middle of the season. The three instances of doubling down will allow "24" to reach its conclusion by the end of the May sweeps period.


The network's hope is that while the new time slot strips "24" of its protected post-"American Idol" hour, airing on Mondays will prevent the kind of schedule juggling that left the show on the shelf whenever "Idol" stretched to two hours. The plan is to air the entire season without a single repeat (long the "24" standard) and without a single week off (a miracle if it happens).
"'24' is appointment television and we believe that moving it to Monday, creating an event out of it with no breaks in the schedule, will enable the viewer to really get on the ride and have an event that takes you through to May with it," Berman says.

In its third season, "24" averaged 9.35 million viewers before the January premiere of "Idol." The boost from the popular talent show has only been moderate, lifting "24" to its season average of 10.18 million viewers, down by roughly a million from last season's numbers.

Except for random periods where the show has vanished from FOX's schedule for weeks at time, the network has been consistent in its support of the atypical series. In planning the new multi-tiered year-round schedule, though, executives determined that it was time to share the cushy "Idol" warmth.

"We need to make room on the schedule for new hits," Berman admits "We'd like 'American Idol' to be used as a launch pad for new opportunities for the network."

After it premieres in January 2005, "Idol" will provide a Tuesday lead-in for "House," a medical drama from "Quiz Show" screenwriter and "Homicide: Life on the Street" creator Paul Attanasio. The Wednesday results show, moved to 9 p.m., will reward veteran comedy "The Bernie Mac Show."

The move to Mondays isn't akin to being thrown to the Nielsen wolves for "24." FOX has placed the series behind one of its most anticipated new dramas of the season, "Athens." The new offering from Josh Schwartz ("The O.C.") takes a soapy look at a fictional New England college town and the unlikely friendship between a young English professor and an 18-year-old freshman (a relationship FOX is already likening to the bond between Seth and Ryan on "The O.C.").
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Postby Nuxius » Tue May 25, 2004 5:56 am

Next January.... >_<
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Postby shahmask » Tue May 25, 2004 6:25 am

sounds like fox is ready for their ratings to slump. go cbs!!!!!!!!!!!

although cbs is evil. they tried to overcharge dish network and the evil time warner and directv took advantage of the situation. but, i think dish pressured them to back down a bit. i guess dish can handle them. go cbs shows!!
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Postby Nuxius » Tue May 25, 2004 6:51 am

Actually it was Viacom, who owns CBS, who tried to do that.
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Postby TerraFrost » Fri Sep 10, 2004 11:35 pm

on the subject of season 4...

In our news last month about the contents of 24 - Season 3, we passed on from Fox that 6th disc in the set would have a "Season 4 Preview".

We imagined - as everyone else did! - that this would consist of some sort of extended trailer, or an interview with the cast and crew about how excited they were to be working on the show again, or some combination of these things. After all, we've seen this sort of thing before.

Earlier this week, industry insider magazine Video Business reported that this wasn't the case. In editor Scott Hettrick's article, "DVD Set Teases New 24 Season" (registration required), we are told that the preview consists of an "extra half episode (that) intros new characters"! Here are some highlights of that story:


Fox has set the bar a notch higher for DVD versions of TV series by producing what amounts to about half of an extra episode of 24 exclusively for the seven-disc collection of Season 3.

The 10-minutes of new footage on the Dec. 7 release will serve as a teaser for the delayed debut of the new season of 24 on Jan. 3.

Material offers the first introductions of the many new cast members and their characters...The scenes were all scripted and produced by the 24 creative team during production of the new season.

While the scenes do not play in a fluid storyline, they serve as a bridge to the events that took place from the end of last season and the beginning of the next.

They will not be shown on TV or anywhere else, according to Fox.


Awesome stuff, and a much neater way of cross-promoting the DVD and the fourth year of the show: Fans who get the DVD will get teased into seeing the new season, and fans who want to see the new season in its entirety will have another reason to buy the DVD set and see the lead-in to the next story arc.


http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=2187
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Postby Nuxius » Sat Sep 11, 2004 6:05 am

Sounds neat.

Of course, given that I already own Seasons 1 and 2, it's a given that I would purchase Season 3 anyway.
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Postby TerraFrost » Fri Oct 01, 2004 2:25 am

THE last time viewers saw turncoat-agent Tony Almeida on "24," he was facing serious jail time for treason.

His reasons for siding with terrorists against the U.S. may have been understandable — to save his kidnapped wife — but fans of the Fox suspense show ended the season with the reasonable assurance that Tony was gone.

Turns out now that he's not forgotten. Tony Almeida's coming back this season. Read more here.


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Season four, FOX reveals, will begin at 7 a.m. and will, once again, take place over the course of a single day. If you want the twists and turns of the season to be entirely fresh, you may want to turn away, but CTU is now run by Erin Driscoll (Alberta Watson), an agent who fired Jack when she took over on the job. Jack is now working for the Secretary of Defense (William Devane) and dating his married daughter (Kim Raver), but after the explosion of a commuter train, Jack finds himself back at CTU.

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Postby TerraFrost » Sun Oct 10, 2004 11:04 pm

well... the season 4 opener of 24 has apparently moved from Jan. 3 to Jan. 10, according to this site.
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Postby don brennon » Wed Oct 27, 2004 8:21 pm

hi

do you know when 24 season4 will be shown on sky one in the uk as we d not have fox ? :)

thanks ^_^
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Postby TerraFrost » Thu Oct 28, 2004 2:35 am

according to this thread at the skyone message boards, not until August '05...
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Postby TerraFrost » Tue Nov 02, 2004 5:47 am

a trailer for 24, season 4, can be downloaded here:

http://anilax.free.fr/chrono24/modules. ... oad&cid=16
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Postby TerraFrost » Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:46 am

Fox has announced that 24 will launch its pulse-pounding fourth season with a two-day, four-hour season premiere Sunday and Monday, Jan. 9 and 10 (8-10 pm/ET). The show will then settle into its regular Monday 9 pm/ET time slot the following week.

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Postby Nuxius » Tue Dec 21, 2004 6:50 am

I would have rather had them start it earlier. I mean, we would have already been watching it by now. :|
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