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Casting Couch: Janeane Garofalo to Count Down for "24"

Maybe reality doesn't bite, after all.

Following on the heels of the suggestion that there would be no CTU mole this year on 24, rather largely due to the fact that there would be no CTU at all, FOX has finally announced another piece of the casting puzzle that is Season Seven of 24.

Sure, we already knew that Cherry Jones had been locked as 24's first female president, but who will producers bring in as potential allies and/or enemies to BFFs Jack and Chloe next season?

Surprising answer: former Generation X poster girl Janeane Garofalo, that's who. Garofalo will a government agent tasked with investigating what The Hollywood Reporter calls "the crisis befalling Jack Bauer and company."

Just what the crisis of Day Seven is remains a mystery but perhaps it's just a subtle dig at 24's woeful production delays?

What's On Tonight

8 pm: NCIS (CBS); America's Got Talent (NBC; 8-10 pm); Gilmore Girls (CW); Just for Laughs/Just for Laughs (ABC); On the Lot (FOX)

9 pm: Big Brother 8 (CBS); Beauty and the Geek (CW); Primetime (FOX); House (FOX)

10 pm: The Unit (CBS); Singing Bee (NBC); I-Caught (ABC)

What I'll Be Watching

9 pm: Eureka on Sci Fi.

Season Two of Eureka continues tonight with "Family Reunion," in which Fargo's granfather, cryogenically frozen 50 years ago, is awakened with no memory of just how he got there. Curious.

9 pm: As You Like It on HBO.

Director Kenneth Branagh tackles his fifth Shakespeare adaptation with tonight's lavish retelling of comedy As You Like It, set in 19th century Japan. It's got assumed identities, disguises, exile, and forest natives. You know you can't resist.

10 pm: Damages on FX.

FX's addictive legal drama Damages continues. On tonight's episode ("A Regular Earl Anthony"), Fiske is spurred by Frobisher to take a more aggressive tack with Patty, who finds herself on rather insubstantial ground with her clients, while Tom meets with an old friend (Donal Logue) and someone gets beat up.

10 pm: Flipping Out on Bravo.

Okay, I know this is unexpected but I can't help but watch the crazy people in this topsy-turvey world. In this week's episode, Jeff begins to burn some bridges as he pits potential buyers against one another and pushes his contractors a little too far.


Anonymous said…
Janeane Garofalo? I'm going to party like it's 1994. Seriously, I'd rather the producers focus on improving the plots and furthering the characters instead of stunt casting.
Anonymous said…
There's so much on tonight! I'm totally hooked on both "Damages" and "Flipping Out" (an odd pairing, I know) and I am definitely going to check out "As You Like It." It's going to be a busy TV night!
Bill said…
Eventually, the entire cast of the Larry Sanders Show will end up on 24. Rip Torn takes over CTU, Wallace Langham as the new tech guy, Scott Thompson would have to be a terrorist.
Anonymous said…
Hey, Jace... I think that bringing Janeane Garofalo on-board 24 is a brilliant component of the effort to revamp the show. She'll be the wry voice of reason in an otherwise ridiculous setting. My full take... hope you enjoy:

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