Jack Bauer is Back: 2 Hr "24" Prequel Tonight

"Redemption," the two hour prequel to Season 7 of "24" airs tonight. It takes place in Africa, America's president-elect is a woman and, the review says, while there's torture, it's not being done by Americans. (Does that make it more acceptable for us to watch?) Season 7, which starts in January, will take place in America.

Audrey (Jack's old girlfriend who was the daughter of the William DeVane character) is listed as being in the Season 7 cast. I've gotten so used to watching her as Nico in this season's Lipstick Jungle, I wonder if she will still seem real as Audrey.

In other tv news, I was really sorry to see Bachelorette Deanna Pappas and snowboarder Jesse from Breckenridge have broken up. [More...]

Jesse posted the news on You Tube, practically in tears. Deanna will be heading to LA instead of Breckenridge where she'll be hosting a talk show about weddings. Jesse got their My Space page and DeannaandJesse.com is now Jesse.com.

Network tv series have been very uneven since the end of the writer's strike. Grey's Anatomy took a serious downhill spill but the last few episodes have been a little better. Desperate Housewives' seems to be stuck in middle age. Almost all of the characters on Brothers and Sisters have gotten whiny and far too self-absorbed. The sleeper of the season for me has been Life on Mars, which started off boring and banal, despite it's terrific cast including Harvey Keitl and the Sopranos' Michael Ippolito -- but really kicked off with the episode about the Black Liberation Army, guest-starring Whoopi Goldberg. It's coming back in January and is well worth checking out.

Weeds had the best season but won't be back for many months. Boston Legal has been very good but this is its last season. Eli Stone hasn't resonated with me and neither did this season of Dancing With Stars.

I doubt many of you watch these tv shows. (Those who are interested can watch for free at Fancast.com.) I watch them as I'm surfing the news, reading e-mail and blogging. Needless to say, I've been very disoriented the last ten days, since my "home invasion" left me without a tv and laptop in the room where I do this. As of yesterday, that's been fixed, the new burglar alarm system is up and running and life is normal again. I'm really looking forward to "Redemption" tonight.

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    It's a TV morning (none / 0) (#1)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 11:56:31 AM EST
    I wonder if Oculus has heard of Jack Bauer?

    I have never watched an episode (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:01:47 PM EST
    of 24.  I might have had to but between reading in between the lines of the torture terror fighting Bush administration and everybody's references to 24 I have never had to to understand the gist of 24.

    Why is the publishing industry (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:04:21 PM EST
    faltering?  I think we have the answer here today.

    I am usually committed to one (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:15:48 PM EST
    cable series, sometimes two a week.  I can't seem to get into network serials though since Seinfeld.  Can you believe that Joshua has seen almost every Seinfeld and now wants the episode game?  I really liked the HBO Rome series.  I have always been fascinated with serial killers and why they do what they do so I'm very smitten with Dexter, and Jimmy Smits as the now joint serial killing DA has sealed my fate and I must watch every Sunday.  I loved 6 Feet Under as much and will never recover from the loss.  When the Tudors come back on this winter I'll be into that again as well.

    A very good friend says of people (5.00 / 2) (#11)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:19:52 PM EST
    (me) who spend lots of time on a blog:  blogging is for people who don't have a life.   But, she watches cable news shows constantly and has an opinion on every series on TV.  What's the difference?  Here's one:  she was an early-adopter re Obama and has no patience for my compliments re Hillary Clinton.  

    I blog much less now (none / 0) (#19)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:34:38 PM EST
    but I can't say it is for people who don't have a life.  In order to really appreciate people you must be able to discuss with each other.  I have really cool friendships with people via blogging that are much harder to come by on the streets.  I might have one or two such friends preblogging instead of the five or ten I have due to blogging.

    Rome was great (none / 0) (#23)
    by The Poster Formerly Known as cookiebear on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:50:06 PM EST
    I toy with buying the dvd set (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:59:58 PM EST
    So do I (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by The Poster Formerly Known as cookiebear on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 01:14:01 PM EST
    I wish they'd do a Rome-ish series of King Arthur a la that British guy who Arthurian "experts" are all atwitter and upset about.

    You know - the one where Merlin was a pagan and the pagans painted themselves blue and there was all kinds of sex and drama and guts and gore.

    Gawd, I would be so glued to the tv!


    Oh Yeah (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 01:30:35 PM EST
    What I loved about Rome was how it challenged my modern notions.

    I almost forgot about the John Adams series (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 01:33:02 PM EST
    that HBO did too.  At first Joshua didn't seem all that interested so I was a little insistent that we were going to watch it as a family.  Now he wants the soundtrack for the series.  He will get it at Christmas.

    Oh yeah (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by The Poster Formerly Known as cookiebear on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 01:42:56 PM EST
    We're so sure we invented the wheel and sex and stuff.

    I just saw a bad case of that on CNN, where they're breathlessly reporting that a farmer in Colorado or somewhere has OMG! can you believe it??? opened his farm to anyone who can pick owever much they want.

    Um, farmers have always done that, at least in these parts.

    CNN: reinventing the wheel with every breath.


    I have never watched 24; but then I watch (none / 0) (#32)
    by magnetics on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 08:53:36 PM EST
    almost zero television.  Nonetheless, from what I gather, its general premise is sufficiently inimical to right thinking that no progressive person could  watch it  without suffering some degradation of sensibility -- even if the scenes of simulated torture are ostensibly not  performed by Americans.

    That's me.  The spectacle of public execution eats away at civic virtue; in my opinion, 24 is neighbor to that.

    "Le baillement d'un ogre est frere de la faim"
                                                                      - V. Hugo


    Well, he isn't an opera singer. n/t (none / 0) (#2)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 11:58:39 AM EST
    Sez who? (none / 0) (#3)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:00:41 PM EST
    Jack Bauer doesn't have time to... (none / 0) (#8)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:07:12 PM EST
    ...eat, sleep or go to the bathroom, so he certainly doesn't have the time it takes to be an opera singer.

    Never underestimate Jack Bauer (none / 0) (#15)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:23:30 PM EST
    He has one of the Matrix gizmos that downloads knowledge into your brain.

    Tell us, BTD, do you watch (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:10:20 PM EST

    No (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:22:35 PM EST
    Top Chef.

    And Blind Date. Though I like this VH! show called Pick Up Artist which teaches dorks how to converse with women at bars. With an elimination component as well.


    Maybe the guy who (5.00 / 3) (#16)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:28:57 PM EST
    chatted me up at Hard Rock Cafe near Times Sq. watches the pick up show.  Problem is, the essential facts, such as his age, kept shifting.  I think he just liked to talk and so do I.  He was a treasure trove of info as to who the heck was in the blaring videos in the bar.  For example:  young Springsteen, Duran Duran, and, best of all, some glittery guy in pink silk whose music was featured at my informant's high school prom.  

    Then, off to see Frank Langella in A Man for All Season.  Culture shock.


    Name dropping (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:30:22 PM EST
    My friends produced and directed Langella last FILM.

    So, you'd better go see (none / 0) (#20)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:40:51 PM EST
    A Man for All Seasons.  Ben Brantley says Langella is a better sinner than saint but I enjoyed the play.   Then went to the Frick, where Holbein's portraits of More and Cromwell hang on the same wall.  Eerie resemblance to the actors, espec. Cromwell.

    Frost/Nixon? (none / 0) (#21)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:44:03 PM EST
    Another terrific performance on Broadway.

    If you're referring to (none / 0) (#22)
    by shoephone on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:44:54 PM EST
    "Starting Out in the Evening" that was an excellent film. Langella's performance was brilliant. And I hardly ever say that about actor performances.

    Yep that one (none / 0) (#24)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:52:31 PM EST
    I'm a big fan of Kiefer Sutherland's (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:03:13 PM EST
    work in cinema!

    Me too!!! (none / 0) (#7)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:06:06 PM EST
    And it is how I know that he plays Jack Bauer.....and sadly that is the only reason why I know that :)

    Oh well (none / 0) (#12)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:21:11 PM EST
    Cinema . . .

    When I want to be snooty about movies, I prefer to use "films."


    A flick is a flick. ;-) (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by andgarden on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:22:26 PM EST
    When we get away from politics and (none / 0) (#17)
    by Teresa on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 12:29:39 PM EST
    college sports, I'm lost. I will admit to watching Survivor because in the second season, a Knoxville lady won. I still watch it but other than sports and news, that's it.

    Well, I do watch Top Chef when my husband is watching it and I watch the crab fishermen in Alaska on Discovery. I forgot about those.

    Lipstick Jungle (none / 0) (#30)
    by Amiss on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 02:27:48 PM EST
    has been cancelled :( I rather enjoyed it on Friday nites when the tube seems mostly barren.

    My Own Worst Enemy was cancelled too (none / 0) (#31)
    by byteb on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 02:35:21 PM EST
    It was worth watching if only to see what a fine actor Christian Slater is.

    I am a CS fan as well. (none / 0) (#34)
    by Amiss on Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 01:19:42 AM EST
    I also enjoyed Eli Stone, that has also been cancelled and last year's Men in Trees.

    I have always been a fan of Boston Legal, but this year they are doing some really hard hitting pieces on the show and every week make a comment within the show that it is the last season. It was a show that really made me think, yet entertained me at the same time. I will really miss it.


    The Shield (none / 0) (#33)
    by Garmonbozia on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 09:35:43 PM EST
    Jeralyn - I don't remember ever seeing you mention FX's "The Shield," which draws to a nail-biting close this week. I'd think the perpetual moral dilemma of that show might appeal to you...