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Quick Takes: "24" in Action (Figures) and "Nobody's Watching" Jim

Just a few random thoughts this morning as I struggle to open my eyes, thankful that it's Friday and (for me any way), a three day weekend lays before me. But before I peel off for work (and the piles of pilot scripts awaiting me there), I thought I'd take a minute to discuss a few items of note.

I'd be terribly remiss if I didn't mention the release of the new 24 Jack Bauer action figure from McFarlane toys. News of the toy was released yesterday, as manufacturer McFarlane Toys (responsible for the growing line of hyper-real Lost action figures) announced that it had signed a deal with 20th Century Fox Licensing to create a line of 24-based action figures that would feature the world-saving CTU agent in various scenes lifted directly from the award-winning series.

Two sets of Jack Bauer figures are said to be in production and will be offered as part of a boxed set. The line is expected to hit store shelves in August, with the second batch of designs launching in December.

Word on the street is that, no matter what the latest terror attack might be, Jack Bauer the action figure won't need to pause to use the bathroom either.

24 launches its sixth season, picking up the pieces after Jack was kidnapped by some shadowy Chinese operatives, this Sunday with a two-hour season premiere at 8 pm.

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Meanwhile, I also woke up this morning to discover I had received a bloody marvelous email from Derrick Keith this morning. Derrick is, of course, half of Derrick and Will, the dynamic duo from Nobody's Watching.

Seems these two have another new web clip and their topic this time round: summarizing six seasons of ABC sitcom According to Jim in 90 seconds. Can they do it? Head over here to find out if they can pull it off.

Personally, I think it's hilarious that Will is always dressing up as a blonde woman (Courtney Thorne-Smith here, Maggie Grace in the past) and I have to give them kudos for the shout-out to Ed Helms and The Office.

Despite their contention with NBC (Derrick's question to me: "Will you be coming out to Pasadena for TCA's next week? If so, we'll be the ones throwing goat eggs at Kevin Reilly."), one can't help but fall for the charms of The Office and the Ed Helms, even if he is playing one seriously manipulative bastard.

And, Derrick, yes, I will be at the TCA (at least part of the time) next week, but I'd rather see you take on those punks from the CW's new drama Hidden Palms. Besides, um, goat eggs?


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