Sunday, July 22, 2007

Madame President? Will Life Imitate Art?

Are TV viewers going to be the guinea pigs to determine whether a woman can be President of the United States and fight terrorism at the same time?

Apparently, that's what the producers of Fox's former uber-hit '24' have in store for us.

After killing off the first African American president, David Palmer a few seasons ago, and having a poor showing last season, series producers need to spice things up a bit.

As a result, they've enlisted the help of 51-year old actress Cherry Jones to be the show's first female president who will give orders Jack Bauer (played by Keifer Sutherland) and the folks at CTU.

Of course, it's easy to draw a frightening parallel to the real-life potential of Hillary Clinton becoming the first female president and having to preside over the nation during a time of terror attacks. Yet, it seems that's what the producers may be trying to infer with this season's plot. And we're sure Hillary's people will be watching the show closely, as well as audience reaction.

It won't be the first time a series has a woman as president...

Commander in Chief starred Geena Davis as President MacKenzie Allen. Unfortunately, Geena didn't last long in the Oval Office, getting panned by the likes of the Cato Institute and ignored by viewers.

Although we are former fans of '24,' it's lost our attention for the last year or two. Hopefully, if the TV audience reacts the way we suspect it will with a female POTUS, it will be a precursor for the 2008 election and Hillary Clinton will become known as the 'junior senator from New York and the former presidential candidate.'

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