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24 So here's the thing: For these...

Kiefer Sutherland, 24

24So here's the thing: For these handy-dandy Watercoolers we bring you every morning, we're supposed to shoot for something in the 250- to 300-word range... longer if it's a big event, shorter if it's a rerun, but you get the idea. Do you know how many words I have for this week's two-hour 24 extravaganza? Zero. That's right. Abso-frickin'-lutely speechless, kids. But I gotta start somewhere, and since my eyes are still all red and blotchy from the completely unexpected sobfest that was the final 60 seconds, well... nope, still not ready to talk about it. Let's think back to happier times, shall we? Say, back when Jack Bauer totally shot Henderson's missus in the leg to get the intel out of him? See, it was her fault, really, for uttering such a boneheaded line as read more

We Debrief 24's Chloe and Edgar

Mary Lynn Rajskub and Louis Lombardi, 24

Chloe and Edgar are the yin and yang of Fox's 24 (Mondays at 9 pm/ET). She's a hottie who kicks butt out in the field. He's an aerobically challenged techie who never leaves his computer. But CTU's loyal systems analysts keep saving the world, which is why Mary Lynn Rajskub and Louis Lombardi think they have the coolest characters on the show. When she's not shooting 24, Rajskub hangs with Fiona Apple and makes movies (most recently, the Harrison Ford thriller Firewall). Lombardi, an alum of The Sopranos, prefers homier pursuits. "I have the new Xbox," he says. "Come to my house and I'll play you for money." Here read more

Matt, I look forward to your ...

Mary Lynn Rajskub, 24

Question: Matt, I look forward to your columns each week and agree with most everything you write — due in large part, I'm sure, to the fact that we share similar taste in programming. However, the one idea that I just can't get onboard with is your appreciation of Mary Lynn Rajskub's acting ability. As much as I love the show, to me, MLR is 24's answer to Beverly Mitchell. Her overdone facial expressions and bitten-off phrasing most often leave me cringing. (But, I have to admit, a couple of times she's made me smile.) Still, what's the attraction? Answer: Focus on that smiling thing. The thing to keep in mind is that Mary Lynn Rajskub is primarily a comic actress, and her being cast against type is what makes her portrayal of the eternally grouchy, socially inept computer whiz Chloe such a joy. (Note to fans of hers, and of Louis Lombardi's Edgar: Check out the interview in this week's issue of TV Guide.) She never fails to amuse me, especially when she's at her most impossibl ... read more

You know that nasty smell permeating...

Kiefer Sutherland and Kim Raver

You know that nasty smell permeating throughout TV land? It's most likely the stench of death. As if regular readers of Ask Ausiello needed to be reminded, many of our favorite shows will be bidding permanent farewell to pivotal characters in the coming months — capping a bloody TV season that has already claimed lives on Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Las Vegas, 24 and Lost. Who's next on the Grim Reaper's hit list? Let's sift through the latest evidence and see if we can ID the victims. 24 The buzz: As exec producer Howard Gordon made pretty clear when I spoke to him in early January, Palmer and Michelle won't be the only 24 MVPs getting clocked this season. "I would say it's a pretty good bet that we will have another major loss… or two," he said. "No one read more

Can We Get 24's Chloe to Break?

Mary Lynn Rajskub, 24

That glorious glowing digital clock is ticking away again, now that Fox's 24 has returned with a four-hour Season 5 premiere (continuing tonight at 8 pm/ET). TVGuide.com invited quirky little Chloe, aka Mary Lynn Rajskub (rhymes with "rice cub," says the actress), to leak to us some top-secret vittles.

TVGuide.com: So what am I missing by not bothering with the Season 5 "prequel" packed in the newest 24 boxed DVD set?
Mary Lynn Rajskub:
Oh, you're missing both of our hairdos — Jack Bauer has a great hairdo, and my hair is down, which is exciting. OK, it's not really that exciting. I just get to have a different outfit for a minute. It all just kind of tips off the new season, which I guess read more

Can We Get 24's Chloe to Break?

Mary Lynn Rajskub, 24

That glorious glowing digital clock is about to start ticking away again, as Fox's 24 returns with a two-night, four-hour Season 5 premiere airing Sunday at 8 pm/ET, and continuing Monday at the same time. TVGuide.com invited quirky little Chloe, aka Mary Lynn Rajskub (rhymes with "rice cub," says the actress), to leak to us some top-secret vittles.

TVGuide.com: So what am I missing by not bothering with the Season 5 "prequel" packed in the newest 24 boxed DVD set?
Mary Lynn Rajskub:
Oh, you're missing both of our hairdos — Jack Bauer has a great hairdo, and my hair is down, which is exciting. OK, it's not really that exciting. I just get to have a different outfit for a minute. It all just read more

Remember Port Charles cutie Carly...

Remember Port Charles cutie Carly Schroeder? The tot who played Serena Baldwin, the TV daughter of Kin Shriner's Scotty, has grown up into a 15-year-old lovely with hot prospects in Hollywood. Next month Schroeder costars in the Warner Bros. hostage thriller Firewall as the offspring of Harrison Ford and Virginia Madsen. Other notables in the cast include A Beautiful Mind's Paul Bettany and 24's Chloe herself, Mary Lynn Rajskub. Nice going, Carly! read more

Return of the Tough Guys Tense times for Vic Mackey Jack Bauer in sizzling new seasons

Has The Shield’s crooked and combative Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) finally met his match? This dirty cop, who happens to be the most effective and ferocious detective on the meanest streets of Los Angeles, has literally gotten away with murder (a fellow cop’s, no less) since the very first episode five seasons ago. Like Tony Soprano, he’s an antihero you find yourself rooting for while cringing at his brutal excesses. But the noose is tightening, courtesy of a crafty, hungry new Internal Affairs nemesis, Lt. Jon Kavanaugh, played with smiling relish by Forest Whitaker. Cat and mouse — or, rather, vulture and lion — don’t actually meet until the third episode, by which time Kavan read more

Anything new to tell us about ...

Question: Anything new to tell us about 24?


Answer: Mary Lynn Rajskub hinted that "something's brewing this year" between Chloe and Edgar. But sadly, that something is probably not a red-hot affair. "You want that to happen so bad," she teased me. "You want [a Chloe-Edgar] love scene so bad." I kinda-sorta do. I know, I need help.

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Do the Emmys have some sort ...

Question: Do the Emmys have some sort of mental block on 24? Don't get me wrong, it's great that it got nominated for best drama for the fourth time (as you can never take anything, even one as deserved as this, for granted at the Emmys). But why do the Emmys seem to snub the cast of 24 continuously, with the exception of Kiefer Sutherland? The show is so well-cast and performed and always gets raves for the acting, but the Emmys let so many great actors slip through the cracks. They've managed not to nominate Penny Johnson Jerald, Sarah Clarke, Xander Berkeley, Dennis Haysbert, Reiko Aylesworth and Carlos Bernard, and now they've decided to omit Shohreh Aghdashloo and Mary Lynn Rajskub among others. What are your thoughts? Answer: My gut tells me it's more about genre than quality here. Sutherland gets his props each year for carrying the show with his quiet intensity, but the others somehow get lost, as if we're only watching this show for the thrill ride. This year in particular ... read more

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