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Dawn of a New Day

Day 5 of the hit Fox television show "24" promises another season of tension and unexpected twists and turns.
Gordon Mott
From the Print Edition:
"24", Jan/Feb 2006

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The same can probably be said for the actors and actresses on the show. The exposure of being on a critically acclaimed television series, which is also a commercial success, brings attention to the actors.

Sutherland is unequivocal that the success of "24" has gotten his career back on a track that he is excited about. "I've been very lucky in an industry that is giving actors less and less room to move," he says. "I've been given a lot of latitude, and with '24' as successful as it is, opportunities that I didn't have access to, I have now. That's good." Later this year, Sutherland will co-star with Michael Douglas in a spy-thriller film called The Sentinel.

Mary Lynn Rajskub, the actress who plays Chloe, is now in her third season on "24," as a wonky computer analyst that works in the CTU offices. From her background as a stand-up comedian, she couldn't fathom why she was being asked to join the show. But she loves it, regardless. "People recognize me more, and in the industry, now people realize I can do drama," she says. "I didn't realize that I was tied into sitcoms. But this has broadened my horizons. And it's so much fun being here."

Gregory Itzen, who plays Charles Logan, the vice president who stepped into the Oval office in Day 4, says, "This is the happiest I've ever been on a set, because they give you the freedom to do what you want to do." The 25-year Hollywood veteran adds, "Since I'm just beginning to swim in this pool, and I don't know what else is out there...I want to be this character for a while. I don't really want to be anywhere else right now."

The "let's see where this goes" mentality pervades the entire show. Surnow thinks there is still a lot of upside, and he has a group of actors, writers, producers and directors who admit that the last thing they want to do is leave the show.

"We are the only show that is dealing constantly with terrorism in a heroic way. But it has a touch of reality in it, too. Here, though, the good guys are getting the terrorists."

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