Running a television show is the sort of job that rarely leaves you with free-time on your hands, but during the writers' strike of 2007, “24” executive producer Howard Gordon suddenly found himself with just that – free time, and no scripts to write. So he decided to try his hand at a novel instead. Gordon's debut effort, an international thriller titled “Gideon's War,” hits shelves this month.
" . . .We had a visit from a high-ranking West Point officer, who said that his cadets were not only great fans of our show but were actually taking their cues from Jack Bauer. That was very disconcerting . . ."
There's no denying that Fox's critically acclaimed "24" is a fast-moving show that, unlike other dramas, operates in "real time" -- each 60-minute episode's action literally unfolds over an hour's time.
But what series co-creator Joel Surnow never anticipated was that his rookie show would move as fast in the real world: Not even halfway through its first season,"24" was nominated for Best TV Drama and Best Actor (Kiefer Sutherland)Golden Globes.Dark horse Sutherland won over perennial award show favorites Martin Sheen and James Gandolfini.