TV The Future Of 24 Hangs in The Balance
The clock hasn’t stopped ticking on this season of 24, but the industry is already wondering whether the series’ time on Fox is up. Though the network has already renewed shows like Fringe, Glee, and Bones, it has yet to indicate whether it wants a ninth year of the action drama starring Kiefer Sutherland, which typically ranks third in its time slot and is down 10 percent in viewers (11.7 million this season versus 12.9 million last season). Not everyone thinks Jack Bauer should finally take a break: Multiple sources have told EW that NBC would consider picking up 24 should Fox cancel it. But that’s assuming NBC’s fall development will be weak, which is hard to imagine given some of the promising new dramas in the works, including projects from J.J. Abrams and David E. Kelley and a reboot of The Rockford Files starring Dermot Mulroney. Even if Fox and NBC give it a thumbs-down, 24‘s eight-year run should be viewed as nothing less than unprecedented, says ex-Fox president Gail Berman. ”It really changed the way networks look at scripted programming. Networks followed the repeat model. We didn’t do that. This was about showing it one time. That was big.”
— Lynette Rice
MOVIES The Final Twilight Films May Be Directed by…an Oscar nominee?!
Breaking Dawn, the coda to the Twilight saga, might end up with a surprisingly high-class pedigree. Inside sources tell EW that the studio, Summit Entertainment, is looking at a list of directors that includes Oscar nominees Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Gus Van Sant (Milk), and Bill Condon (Dreamgirls). The process is still in its early stages, but Summit is expecting an outline of Dawn — which, à la Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will likely be broken up into two films shot back-to-back — from screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg next week. Coppola, Van Sant, and Condon have all been contacted to determine early interest. Van Sant’s reps would only confirm that he was approached. Coppola and Condon did not respond to requests, and Summit declined to comment. Regardless of whom the studio selects, we’d love to hear all three of their takes on Bella’s infamous birthing scene.
— Nicole Sperling