Female Empowerment Continues in 24 Season 8

I have to admit, 24′s current Season 7 is not exactly the pinnacle of excellence, but it’s still the damn best action-adventure show on TV right now. Yes, even after this week’s WTF moment with Tony Almeida. Is he or isn’t he, guys? Decide already! Anyways, now that we know the show’s 8th season (set to commence production next month!) will be set in New York and that CTU will be back, EW adds that FBI agent Renee Walker (played by Annie Wersching) will survive Season 7 and return for a pivotal role in Season 8 along with the show’s female prez, played by Cherry Jones.

Says EW’s Michael Ausiello:

Not only is she coming back next season, but exec producer Howard Gordon tells me that “some part of her past will be necessary in the context of the next crisis.” Gordon also confirms that Cherry Jones’ President Taylor will return for the Big Apple-set Day 8. “Cherry truly defined this character and fashioned our first truly aspirational President since David Palmer,” he says. “She brought an emotional weight and intelligence that exceeded even our expectations.”

Yeah, I don’t know about Jones’ Allison Taylor being all that “aspirational”. If anything, she ranks just a tad higher than the Lesser Palmer as a 24 President. Hopefully her manipulative and I’ll-sleep-with-ya-then-blackmail-ya little spark plug of a bitch — er, I mean, daughter (aka Sprague Grayden) will also be back.

Yay, Female Jack Bauer will survive Season 7! I was kinda worried for our freckled little redhead, too.

Below: “Psst. You coming back for Season 8? I made that happen. Know what I mean? Wink wink.”



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  • Larry

    I have to tell ya, this season is one of my favorites. Probably just below season five. It started off kind of slow but really picked up steam. I guess planning an entire season a head of time really helps.

    Also, if you remember when Tony gave Jack that intel that there was going to be the weapon coming into America. He was at a coffee shop and there was somebody with Tony very briefly. It was most likely that guy who was helping Tony. It’s not like this was out of the blue.

  • Larry

    I have to tell ya, this season is one of my favorites. Probably just below season five. It started off kind of slow but really picked up steam. I guess planning an entire season a head of time really helps.

    Also, if you remember when Tony gave Jack that intel that there was going to be the weapon coming into America. He was at a coffee shop and there was somebody with Tony very briefly. It was most likely that guy who was helping Tony. It’s not like this was out of the blue.

  • Larry

    I have to tell ya, this season is one of my favorites. Probably just below season five. It started off kind of slow but really picked up steam. I guess planning an entire season a head of time really helps.

    Also, if you remember when Tony gave Jack that intel that there was going to be the weapon coming into America. He was at a coffee shop and there was somebody with Tony very briefly. It was most likely that guy who was helping Tony. It’s not like this was out of the blue.

  • Alan Christian

    I read where the produceres of 24 rewrote the final 6 episodes of season 7, because they were not comfortable with the direction the show was taking. The finish of the last episode with Tony seemingly killing the FBI agent makes no sense. There will be a season 8 and there will be a 24 movie shot overseas. Why would you place one of the most popular players in 24, Tony, in a position where he flames out at the end of season 7. If this represents the best creative thinking they can offer, they need to think again.

  • Alan Christian

    I read where the produceres of 24 rewrote the final 6 episodes of season 7, because they were not comfortable with the direction the show was taking. The finish of the last episode with Tony seemingly killing the FBI agent makes no sense. There will be a season 8 and there will be a 24 movie shot overseas. Why would you place one of the most popular players in 24, Tony, in a position where he flames out at the end of season 7. If this represents the best creative thinking they can offer, they need to think again.

  • Alan Christian

    I read where the produceres of 24 rewrote the final 6 episodes of season 7, because they were not comfortable with the direction the show was taking. The finish of the last episode with Tony seemingly killing the FBI agent makes no sense. There will be a season 8 and there will be a 24 movie shot overseas. Why would you place one of the most popular players in 24, Tony, in a position where he flames out at the end of season 7. If this represents the best creative thinking they can offer, they need to think again.

  • Cinnamon Carter

    24′s Producer Howard Gordon says that Cherry Jones’ brought an ‘emotional weight and intelligence (to the role of President Taylor) that ‘exceeded even their expectations’……I guess that goes to show that they don’t just hand out Tony Awards the way they give away Oscars (Box Office/Hollywood Politics)…..

    Cherry Jones not only is America’s premiere stage actress; she also won a National Trophy as as high school senior in Debate….Cherry Jones has the brains and talent to be Pres in real life (love to see her take on Sarah Palin…even Hillary..even Obama……) CJ vs Obama: that could be a Pay-per-view event.

    Too bad that Howard Gordon and Company haven’t given Cherry Jones any scripts worthy of her talent.

  • Cinnamon Carter

    24′s Producer Howard Gordon says that Cherry Jones’ brought an ‘emotional weight and intelligence (to the role of President Taylor) that ‘exceeded even their expectations’……I guess that goes to show that they don’t just hand out Tony Awards the way they give away Oscars (Box Office/Hollywood Politics)…..

    Cherry Jones not only is America’s premiere stage actress; she also won a National Trophy as as high school senior in Debate….Cherry Jones has the brains and talent to be Pres in real life (love to see her take on Sarah Palin…even Hillary..even Obama……) CJ vs Obama: that could be a Pay-per-view event.

    Too bad that Howard Gordon and Company haven’t given Cherry Jones any scripts worthy of her talent.

  • Cinnamon Carter

    24′s Producer Howard Gordon says that Cherry Jones’ brought an ‘emotional weight and intelligence (to the role of President Taylor) that ‘exceeded even their expectations’……I guess that goes to show that they don’t just hand out Tony Awards the way they give away Oscars (Box Office/Hollywood Politics)…..

    Cherry Jones not only is America’s premiere stage actress; she also won a National Trophy as as high school senior in Debate….Cherry Jones has the brains and talent to be Pres in real life (love to see her take on Sarah Palin…even Hillary..even Obama……) CJ vs Obama: that could be a Pay-per-view event.

    Too bad that Howard Gordon and Company haven’t given Cherry Jones any scripts worthy of her talent.

  • Brendan Murphy

    I so glad that Annie Wersching will be back as Renee for the eighth season of 24 and her past will be revealed in that season.