Rick Schroeder and Kiefer Sutherland in 24 by  Kelsey McNeal/Fox Rick Schroeder and Kiefer Sutherland in 24 by Kelsey McNeal/Fox

Fox entertainment chairman Peter Liguori defended the producers of 24 from the critical dings they took over the past season, which is considered by fans, TV writers - and Emmy voters - as the show's worst year creatively. He told the Television Critics Association press tour that he doesn't think the show would benefit from a "bible" that maps out where the story is going from start to finish - rather than the make-it-up-as-they-go style the producers have confessed to. "I feel like part of the high-wire act is their process," Liguori said. "It's a little bit like war strategy, I guess. You have a big strategy, the first bullet goes off, the war strategy goes out the window. I actually think that energy has served them well on the show." - Reporting by Stephen Battaglio