Now that Dexter Morgan's serial-killer secret has finally been discovered by the person closest to him — his sister — Dexter's producers promise to slice right into the juicy setup over the next two seasons...and maybe even a feature film after the show ends its run on Showtime.
While the writing team has yet to formally ...
Question: Sometimes when the creators of a hit show begin to focus their attention on another project, their first project suffers. Do you think this might be what is happening at 24 this season, while Joel Surnow and Manny Coto are currently trying to get their comedy show for Fox News up and running? (Let's not even get into why anyone would choose the folks behind 24 — which despite its many other merits is one of the most humorless shows in TV history — to do comedy.) Something is terribly wrong at 24, and while they've pulled out of creative nosedives before, it's looking less and less likely this season. For instance, I totally agreed with your recent Dispatch about how much Jean Smart's appearance added to 24. Suddenly I felt like the show had a pulse for the first time since the conclusion of the first four hours of this season, and here were two characters, Martha and Aaron, I actually care about. You'd think that the show's creative team would realize what they have and run ...
Why should liberals have all the laughs? On Feb. 18, Fox News Channel is looking to get a few younger viewers into its tent with The 1/2 Hour News Hour at 10 pm/ET. It's a satirical news program akin to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but will aim more of its shots at the left side of the political spectrum. It repeats on Feb. 25 and a second episode airs on Mar. 4, before FNC decides whether to make a weekly series. The show was developed by Joel Surnow, cocreator and executive producer of 24 and a self-described "right-wing nut job." The Biz talked to him and his fellow 24 executive producer Manny Coto about their new project and the recent heat over Jack Bauer's torture methods.