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The Ausiello Files: Time's up for '24''s Dana

Q&A with Katee Sackhoff. Plus, scoop on ”Smallville” and ”Desperate Housewives”

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Dead Woman Talking: Time’s Up for 24‘s Dana
The body count is piling up as 24 nears its May 24 series finale. The latest casualty: Katee Sackhoff’s CTU analyst/mole, Dana Walsh, who in Monday’s episode found herself on the wrong end of Jack Bauer’s pistol. Here, the actress — forever immortalized as Battlestar Galactica’s Starbuck — talks about the Dana backlash and finding hidden meaning in her hair.

Do you feel any sadness for Dana?
None whatsoever. [Laughs] She doesn’t have one redeeming quality. I tried desperately to give her one. The only thing I could come up with was that she didn’t crack when she was tortured. [Laughs] My goal was to try and make everyone hate her, and I think I succeeded.

Were you looking to play a one-note bad guy?
[Before 24] I always had to give tons of thought to my characters. But with Dana, I just kind of went to work and played what was on the page. It was altogether a much easier process.

The Dana plot wasn’t well received. Were you aware of this?
I didn’t realize that. [Pause] I don’t care. I played a character [Starbuck] who was hated just because she was a woman, so I learned a long time ago not to read [the feedback]. It’s counterproductive to doing your job.

Let’s talk about your hair. For a good chunk of the season it seemed permanently swept over one shoulder. Why?
It started as a continuity thing, and then it became a character trait. She was a bit OCD, and the hair thing kind of lent itself to that. And you can see that when she starts to fall apart, her hair starts to fall apart too. It was like, ”She’s not off the deep end yet, but she’s got her toe in. So maybe her hair is behind her head now!”

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Smallville Spoiler: Is Lois Dead?!
She sure isn’t! The grim-looking image above — from Smallville‘s May 14 season finale — finds Lois (Erica Durance) only briefly knocked unconscious after a near miss with a telephone booth. ”[The Blur] rescues her,” reveals Brian Peterson of Clark’s (Tom Welling) superpowered alter. Fellow exec producer Kelly Souders adds that the Clark/Lois/Blur triangle will ”come to a head” in the episode. ”Lois is struggling — unbeknownst to her — between Clark and his alter ego,” she explains. ”She’s torn between these two guys.” Clark, meanwhile, is faced with a major decision of his own. ”This whole season has been about Clark’s struggle between his alien and human side,” says Souders, ”and he definitely chooses sides in the last couple of seconds in the episode.” But will we have to wait until season 10 for the answer? ”We’re ending on a little more of a cliff-hanger this season,” concedes Peterson. ”We leave midscene.” I had a feeling.

A Housewives Baddie Returns!
Desperate Housewives is adding a new villain to Wisteria Lane. The twist? It’s an old villain! Sources confirm that Mark Moses is slated to reprise his role as Mary Alice Young’s creepy widower, Paul, on a full-time basis next season. The character was last seen in season 3 when Mike (James Denton) paid him a visit in jail, where he’s currently serving time for murdering Martha Huber. Earlier this year, Housewives boss Marc Cherry hinted to EW that he was thinking of bringing on a new vixen to succeed Nicollette Sheridan. ”We hope to add a troublemaker,” he said, ”but I’m not so sure it’ll be a woman.” Sneaky!