05.03 | 24' boss admits series has sucked this season

In separate interviews published this week, the producers said the current, sixth season of the Fox suspense series has been "challenging" and "tricky."

One of them - co-executive producer David Fury - admitted the season was poorly planned, forcing producers to end its principal storyline earlier than they had hoped.

Nice to see the New York Post putting things plainly with its headline.

Executive producer Howard Gordon promises to "reinvigorate" the series next year.

"I don't dispute it's been a challenging season to write for us," he told the Los Angeles Times this week. "But it's reinvigorated our determination to reinvent the show. This year could be seen to be the last iteration of it in its current state."

Please don't have Jack rejoining CTU within three episodes, like every past season when the show's powers that be have promised to shake things up.

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.

12.12 | Season 6 Intel Uncovered

TV Guide has some interviews with Kiefer Sutherland and executive producer Howard Gordon from the season five DVD release party:

"I think every season is a personal struggle for Jack," executive producer Howard Gordon told TVGuide.com at a party celebrating the Season 5 DVD release. Bauer's latest crucible, Gordon adds, will address "security versus civil rights... this season will be our most uncomfortable."

There's also quotes from Adoni Maropis and Carlo Rota, two new stars of season six.

10.18 | '24' team to produce 'NSA Innocent' pilot for Fox

Here's news of a new show from Bob Cochran, Joel Surnow and Howard Gordon: 'NSA Innocent'.

The creative minds behind '24' are cooking up another tale of espionage for one unlucky soul - but this time, he's no Jack Bauer.

Tentatively titled 'NSA Innocent,' the thriller has scored a put pilot commitment from Fox.

'NSA Innocent' revolves around an Everyman who winds up being recruited by the NSA - and forced to spy.

20th Century Fox TV will produce, along with Real Time Prods. '24' co-creator Bob Cochran is onboard to write 'NSA Innocent' with David Ehrman ('JAG').

Cochran's '24' cohorts - Joel Surnow and Howard Gordon - will exec produce along with Cochran and Ehrman.

Cochran and Ehrman both worked on 'JAG,' 'The Commish' and 'La Femme Nikita.'

This has got me thinking that maybe this is why so many characters were killed off on '24' last season - maybe they just want good actors for their new show. After all, we know a lot of the old 'La Femme Nikita' cast were reused on '24'. Maybe Carlos Bernard will star?

05.17 | '24' may move out of LA for season six

Season five hasn't even reached its reached and the rumours are already flying as the producers of '24' are considering changing locales for the series:

"We've discussed going to a foreign location or another city just to widen the palette of '24','" Howard Gordon, the show's executive producer, said in an interview with TelevisionWeek publisher Chuck Ross. "After five seasons in LA, I feel it's getting shopworn."

(more ) Listen to TVWeek.com's latest Howard Gordon podcast.

The rumour is that some of next season's episodes could be filmed in... China.

03.04 | More rumours that '24' will be filming in London.... again.

Every year it's the same bloody rumours: Jack dies this season, we'll make a movie this season, '24' will film in London next season.

American TV drama 24 is expected to head to London to film episodes during which hero Jack Bauer goes head to head with UK terrorists.

The hit series, starring Hollywood star Kiefer Sutherland, is based in real time, and the show's bosses insist Britain's current terror fears would make great television.

Executive producer Howard Gordon says, "We flirted with going to London last year for six episodes. It's something I'd love to try next year."

It must be so easy working in the Fox press office.

02.24 | Howard Gordon's podcast-style weekly '24' mp3 download

This is good.

'24' Executive Producer Howard Gordon is producing a downloadable weekly "executive briefing" after each new episode. You can hear and download it by visiting the TVWeek.com website. Unfortunately there's no podcast feed to subscribe to - even though it's in mp3 format - so stick the page in your browser bookmarks and remember to visit every week.

There's also some shit about American Idol on there, but you can ignore that.

12.31 | Howard Gordon, showrunner of '24', interviewed

As Gordon takes over in the fifth season of a show that some critics thought would never last because of its serialized format, he says he felt "almost paralyzing" pressure at the beginning of production. "I am worried about being the guy who buried 24," he says. "But at least I am one of the guys who built it, I guess."
Howard Gordon, one of the head honchos at '24', talks about his career and how he ended up working at the show.

12.22 | Jack's Back in TV Guide!

Even more surprising is the planned comeback of another female significant other - Jack’s daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), whom Gordon hopes will heighten the emotional punch of Jack’s return. And while admitting that some of her past perils on the show have been justifiably ridiculed (“We don’t just like to jump the shark,” he laughs, “we like to ride on its back!”), he promises “no mountain lions and no amnesia” this time around.
America's TV Guide has an excellent article on the fifth season of '24' this week.

Be warned - there's a couple of spoilers.