20 years later, it is clear early predictions that the trauma from such terrorism on US soil would alter common leisure turned out to be unsuitable. If something, “24” demonstrated how the 2 would coexist, with Kiefer Sutherland’s counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer battling on via the last decade, turning into a short-hand image for the conflict towards terror, even referenced within the debate over public tolerance for torture in “ticking-clock” eventualities.
Earlier than that, nonetheless, the producers needed to edit a sequence within the opening episode that concerned a terrorist blowing up an airplane. The pilot for CBS’ CIA drama “The Company” — which made a reference to Osama bin Laden and concerned a terror plot to explode a division retailer in London — was additionally delayed, and rescheduled for later within the season.
“Alias” turned Jennifer Garner right into a star (and launched viewers to Bradley Cooper) as a super-spy in a extra fanciful sequence that ran for 5 years on ABC. It was extra a feminine James Bond motif than the others, however however wound up lumped in with them discussing whether or not programmers have been prescient or had actually unhealthy timing.
Though “The Company” was canceled after two seasons, “24” grew to become a serious hit, one invoked by politicians and pundits to buttress their arguments concerning the want for Jack Bauer-like motion in response to the specter of terrorism.
It is price noting “24,” “The Company” and “Alias” made their debut earlier than there have been streaming companies, again when the 4 main broadcast networks — whereas feeling strain from cable –accounted for a lot bigger proportion of general TV viewing.
On the time, networks preferred to characterize such programming as “consolation meals.” Whereas the packaging has advanced, in some respects, a lot of the menu stays the identical.