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The Ausiello Files: August 14, 2009

EW’s TV scooper on ”24” and ”Mildred Pierce”

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24: Time running out for Jack and Audrey
With Fox president Kevin Reilly recently hinting that the coming season of 24 may turn out to be its last, longtime fans are counting down the days to a Jack — Audrey reunion. Unfortunately, exec producer Evan Katz says a series-ending story has already been hatched in the event 24 clocks out for good next May — and it doesn’t involve Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack reconnecting with his former love (played by Kim Raver), who lapsed into a catatonic state at the end of Day 6. ”Some of the things we’re doing this season preclude [her returning],” he reveals. ”So I think not.”

Katz says a number of ”contingencies are in place” that could either tie up the series or keep it going. (Reilly suggested that the show’s hefty budget could make another season cost-prohibitive.) ”We have a scenario that would work well [if it’s the end],” says Katz. ”But we also have a bunch of scenarios where the show could go on in different ways…. We’re remaining flexible.”

Just give her the Emmy now
Oscar winner Kate Winslet is in talks to headline a five-hour TV miniseries based on James M. Cain’s Depression-era novel Mildred Pierce. The project is being developed by Killer Films and may air on HBO. A 1945 film version netted Joan Crawford her only Academy Award.