02 September 2006

Not enough hours in the day

The surest sign of television's respect for 24 is not this week's Emmy, but this year's imitators. Entertainment Weekly's roundup of the new TV season offers several shows that are uncannily reminiscent of 24, and two that come with direct comparisons. Of a Hollywood sort.

Jon Turteltaub, Executive Producer of Jericho, said of his post-nuclear apocalypse show, "It's an odd mixture of 24 and Little House on the Prairie. To which you go, 'What? That's the worst thing I've ever heard!' But it's not."

And Craig Silverstein, creator of FBI drama Standoff, reported, "When I first told the studio about it, I said, 'It's kind of like 24 meets Mad About You.' They said, 'Okay, don't ever say that.'" But he just did.

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