Washington, D.C. a recurring character in "24"

Wed Feb 4, 2009 10:16pm EST
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer has faced many obstacles in his seven seasons of "24," but he never had to deal with a change of settings.

For the first time in its run, the popular Fox series has changed locales, moving its real-time action from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.

According to executive producer Howard Gordon, there were internal and external mandates to shake up the show.

"For one thing, in Season 6, we started feeling like L.A. had been targeted one season too many," he says. "The improbabilities we were forced to make work were going to the red zone."

The show's writers and producers considered moving the show to New York; they even toyed with the idea of relocating to a European city. Ultimately, they decided on D.C. Storywise, the season's jumping-off point was a Senate subcommittee hearing at which Bauer was grilled about his past actions, so the nation's capital seemed an obvious fit.

"That's where the power is and where those institutions of power can be threatened, more directly and more visually," Gordon says.

But just because Bauer is running around the streets of D.C. doesn't mean his real-life alter ego, Kiefer Sutherland, Gordon and the rest of the "24" cast and crew also moved east.

In fact, the show still shoots in Los Angeles.   Continued...

<p>A view of Capitol Hill in a file photo. REUTERS/Larry Downing</p>