Kiefer Sutherland: Lorenzo Agius
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July 20, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD This fall, there’ll be a massacre on ”24,” but it’ll take place backstage. According to Variety, executive producer Joel Surnow says that virtually the entire cast, save star Kiefer Sutherland, has been fired. That includes Dennis Haysbert, whose President Palmer will be removed from office. Hail to the new chief, former Sen. John Keeler (Geoff Pierson), last seen blackmailing Palmer at the end of Season 3. Still, Surnow says, Pierson will only be a recurring guest star, not a full-time cast member, in Season 4, which premieres in January. One more spoiler: Sutherland’s Agent Jack Bauer will no longer be working for the Counter-Terrorism Unit.

One ”24” refugee, Reiko Aylesworth, who played Michelle for two seasons, has already landed a new job, in a recurring role as a lab detective on ”CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” However, Variety reports, her hiring is unrelated to last week’s firings of longtime ”CSI” supporting cast members George Eads and Jorja Fox.

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