02.15 | '24' is to cut down on torture scenes
'24' will include fewer torture scenes in its final episodes this season, according to the show's executive producer.
Howard Gordon claimed that the change was not due to pressure from the military, but rather because it had become cliché:
"What was once an extraordinary or exceptional moment is starting to feel a little trite. The idea of physical coercion or torture is no longer a novelty or surprise"
The Street Corner Society blog points out the LA Times report that '24' is responsible for 67 of the 624 depictions of torture on TV during the past five years.