Leslie Hope, Runaway
Leslie Hope and Elisha Cuthbert were two of the first actors I interviewed for TVGuide.com, back in 2002, during the debut season of a little-show-that-could called 24. Coincidentally, I was slated to talk with each of the "Bauer women" again this week, but one of them "politely passed" at the last minute. The actress I now like a bit more is Ms. Hope, who called me from the set of Runaway, a CW drama debuting Sept. 25, and concerning a family that assumes a new id
Question: Everything I'm reading suggests Wayne Palmer will already be president when 24's sixth season begins. But now I'm hearing he gets elected later in the season. Do you know which is true?
Answer: Unless Season 6 takes place on Election Day, I think it's safe to assume he'll already be the president. When I ran into exec producer Evan Katz at press tour, he explained his decision to install David's bro in the Oval Office. "It's a great choice. It's RFK. It's the slightly less-polished younger brother who has something to prove and is living in the — 'shadow' is too strong a word. But living with the martyred, heroic older brother is very powerful. What I think we need to remind people is that we're not just [making him the prez] because he's [David's] brother. He was [David's] chief of staff in Season 3. He's a big part of politics."
Question: I was wondering, how long have you been doing AA? And could we pretty please have some 24 scoop? I'll buy an AA T-shirt!
Answer: Did you see my little Ausiello Report scoop on Will & Grace's Michael Angarano joining the show on a recurring basis? Funny thing is, it wasn't much of a scoop since, as someone just pointed out to me, Angarano made the announcement on his official website earlier this week. But I'm going to take credit for it since, let's face it kids, no one reads michaelangarano.net. And in response to your first que
And the rapid repopulation of 24 continues... Fox is confirming that Michael Angarano aka Jack's long-lost son on Will & Grace is joining 24 on a recurring basis. For those keeping track, that brings the number of new 24 characters to, well, a lot. In totally unrelated news, CSI fans, listen up: Got a burning question for William Petersen (Gil Grissom) and Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle)? Well, post them below ASAP! I'm told your question if posed intelligently and without profanity stands a good chance of getting answered in an upcoming issue of TV Guide! Just keep it smart and clean. You can do this, people!
Question: You recently mentioned that this season is likely The O.C.'s "last hurrah." Why do you think that is? When the show premiered, everyone was comparing it to Beverly Hills, 90210, a comparison I still think is valid. That show ran for 10 years and almost 300 episodes. If The O.C. ends this year it will be after only four years and likely not even 100 episodes. So why did it peter out so quickly? Do you think it was because of bad scheduling, or did poor story-line choices drive viewers away? Even if the show isn't the phenomenon it was when it started (and how could it be, given how overhyped and overexposed that first season was?), I still think it's successful enough that Fox's decision to cast it aside so quickly is surprising.
Answer: I'm struggling with how to answer this one. A cynic would just say, "The show sucks now," and be done with it, but that's neither fair nor relevant; 90210's long run can hardly be attributed to its quality. It may be the fact that Fox and the
Lane Garrison, Prison Break
Starting tonight at 8 pm/ET, the Prison Break on Fox continues, as the second season sends Michael, Lincoln and the rest of the at-large Fox River 8 running from the bulls and dogs, and heading for, hopefully, freedom. Among the fugitives is Tweener, played by Lane Garrison, who, alas, can't escape the heat in Texas, where the drama is now filming.
TVGuide.com: How are you, Lane?Lane Garrison: I'm in 158-degree weather in Decatur, Texas, but other than that I'm awesome! Global warming is a good thing.
TVGuide.com: Do you know who I just off the phone with? Paul Scheuring [Prison
Question: I am completely confused. In the Aug. 2 Ask Ausiello, Evan Katz told you that the new season of 24 would begin 18 months to two years after the end of Season 5. However, in this week's TV Guide, it says the season opens two months into Jack's Chinese incarceration. Which one is correct?
Answer: Eighteen months to two years is correct.
Just got off the phone with my 24 mole and he/she informs me that Eric Balfour has signed on to reprise his Season 1 role as independent CTU contractor Milo Pressman. My spy wouldn't say how Milo would be re-introduced, but he'll be sticking around for a while: Balfour will be credited as a series regular. (If you need a refresher on who Milo is, click here.)In other 24 news, former Star Trek: Deep Space Nine doc Alexander Siddig is joining the cast as one of the evildoers behind the big Season 6 plot. Additionally, Carlo Rota (aka Mr. Chloe O'Brian) will be back as a series regular. And now, in completely unrelated news, a rep for CBS' new Thursday-night drama Shark confirms that James Woods has had a death in the family and production has been temporarily halted.That's all the scoop that's fit to print. For now.
Question: Any other 24 casting news you can report?
Answer: It sounds like someone's jail-bound. A casting call has gone out for an actor in his thirties to play a "no-nonsense soldier" stationed at a military prison. Also, CTU is recruiting a new agent by the name of Samuels to head up field operations. THIS JUST IN: Check out the Ausiello Report for some breaking 24 casting scoop!
Question: I think I've solved your 24 asterisk quiz: Peter MacNicol beat out Mark Linn-Baker for the role of next season's big baddie, right?