The execs at Fox have announced that the next president on 24 will be a women, and will be played by Tony Award-winning actress Cherry Jones. Peter Liguori, Fox Entertainment Chairman, said “It’s a dramatic decision. … The president is a very important piece of 24. We’ve had a broad array of presidents on the show; why not a female president?”
OK, season six of 24 was weak because partly because there were no new twists. It was the same old, same old. We had Jack battling terrorists, presidential power in question, the government being infiltrated by bad guys, and CTU headquarters being attacked. Things we’ve seen too many times already. And to make matters worse, we had to deal with Bauer family soap opera on the side.
Now are we supposed to believe that the ‘dramatic decision’ of casting a female president will really shake things up? All this says to me is that once again the president will play a major role on the show. Nothing new there. If Sherry Palmer would have been president instead of Wayne Palmer last season, would the season have been any better? Not at all. Season seven will not succeed because there will be a woman president, it will succeed if the writers start thinking outside the box and give us something new and different for a change.