Question: This news about delayed production on 24 is crazy! Any other details on why Jack's African safari was shelved?

Answer: It was simply an issue of dollars and sense. Shooting on location in Africa is not cheap, and, after taking a long hard look at the budget, the higher-ups at Fox asked producers to find a location in Los Angeles that could stand in for the faraway continent. Ultimately, however, the show's quality-conscious creative team decided it was better to scrap the story entirely than try to construct some cheesy faux-African set. And I say good for them. It always bugs me when a show tries to convince us that its characters are in some exotic locale when in reality they're on the Universal backlot. (See Lorelai and Christopher's romantic Paris getaway last season on GG.)