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Fox airs PSA on U.S. Muslims

After much outrage from Muslims in both the U.S. and the U.K., Fox has aired a Public Service Announcement saying the following….

“Hi. My name is Kiefer Sutherland. And I play counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer on Fox’s ’24’. I would like to take a moment to talk to you about something that I think is very important. Now while terrorism is obviously one of the most critical challenges facing our nation and the world, it is important to recognize that the American Muslim community stands firmly beside their fellow Americans in denouncing and resisting all forms of terrorism. So in watching 24, please, bear that in mind.”

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Disappointing start for 24 on Sky One

“Despite a huge marketing campaign, the new season of 24 got off to a disappointing start on Sky One last night… …Early ratings figures show that an average of 610,000 viewers – a 3.5% share of the multichannel audience – tuned in for the first episode at 9pm. The second, screened from 9.55pm, averaged 620,000 (4.1%)…The numbers are down around 400,000 on the premiere of the third season in 2004.”

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UK Muslims livid over ‘hostile’ US TV drama

“Muslims in Britain are raising a hue and cry over a new series of US drama 24 that depicts followers of Islam as terrorists,… the Muslim Council of Britain, has described it as “unremittingly hostile and unbalanced” and is likely to foster Islamophobia… …”We are greatly concerned by the unremittingly hostile and unbalanced portrayal of Muslims,…At a time when negative stereotypes of Muslims are on the increase we feel that Sky – as a major UK broadcaster – has a responsibility to challenge these insidious views, not help to reinforce them.” said Iqbal Sacranie, the council’s secretary general.”

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Don’t lose that number

“Pay close attention to the phone numbers used on your favourite TV shows. They could be real… …The incoming number flashed on the cell for a split-second. But some viewers — especially those with digital video recorders — were able to pause the frame and jot down the Los Angeles-based number…

…Minutes after 24 aired on the East Coast, the cellphone belonging to one of the show’s technicians started ringing…The number — 310-597-3781, if you’re curious — has received more than 50,000 calls since the episode aired last week. Bemused staff now refer to it as the ‘fan phone’…

…Initially, when the calls started pouring in, the technician cancelled the number. But the reaction was intriguing and the line was reconnected…”

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Jack on the box

“…These choices of theme and hero have always given 24 a sense of topicality, a feeling increased because, unusually for a through-plotted drama, many of the episodes are written while the series is on air… …Yet the series’ claim to contemporary realism is complex. While 24 depicts America under permanent attack from terrorists – the fabric of California taking the scale of pounding London suffered in the blitz – the fact is, since 9/11, there has been more terrorism on American TV than American territory…

…The White House may claim that the lack of attacks is proof that the real Kiefers are succeeding in their work but it gives 24 a rather uncomfortable air of impatient fantasy…

…To be really topical, 24 would deal with America as international aggressor rather than defender against terrorism and there are welcome suggestions that series four has at least been influenced by the events at Abu Ghraib jail…

…The problem, as throughout the four-year first term of 24, is the suspicion that Jack’s behaviour is being justified in the defence of America from Arabs. But, though now as far from the heart of American politics as John Kerry, 24 remains a sleek storytelling machine that risks stealing from us another six months of Sundays…”

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Sky snaps up nissan sponsorship

“Sky One has sold an unprecedented sponsorship deal for three of its Sunday night primetime TV shows ’24’, ‘Nip/Tuck’ and ‘Dream Team’ to carmaker Nissan for £1.5m….All three programmes offer the highest ratings for Sky One….The deal was negotiated by Nissan’s media agency Manning Gottlieb OMD. The trailer and break credits will be used to promote five new cars to be launched by the Japansese car maker throughout 2005….Nissan will also sponsor interactive zones for each programme, where viewers can access additional content about the programmes and new car launches.” So what does this all mean?, it means, instead of stupidly annoying adverts for nivea littering the show when it’s shown on skyone, we’ll have stupidly annoying adverts for nissan littering the show.

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Don’t blame ’24’

“Some have asked whether Muslims are being depicted unfairly on the current season of “24.”…The real question is, since when has television depicted any minority fairly?… …The thing is, if there were dozens of minority families, who were shown doing good things, bad things, interesting things, anything, the depiction of the Araz family on “24” would not be an issue…the fact that there are still too few full, rich, intriguing minority characters on television…

…Don’t blame “24” for that…

…The ironic fact is, “24” has been one of the few shows on TV that has integrated a large number of minority actors into its lead cast … Korean-American Daniel Dae Kim, depicted a tough law-enforcement type, the very antithesis of the Asian nerd stereotype…

…The best thing…is they were minorities wasn’t necessarily ignored, but it wasn’t really treated as big deal either. They were just cool characters played by good actors…”

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