Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Jack Bauer, Chef Ramsey To Team Up

As Fox watches the ratings climb for Hell's Kitchen, they've realized they found a solution for their other Monday night show: 24.

Penning the new season of 24 has proven tough for the writers who've already scrapped plot lines involving Africa and Jack working freelance.

The new solution? Teaming Jack Bauer and Gordon Ramsey for a "hybrid" show, Hell's 24 Hour Kitchen.

The show will combine the reality elements of Hell's Kitchen with the real time elements of 24, with contestants cooking meals for fictional characters who either talk in whispers or shouts.

"And there will be moles," said producer and director John Cassar. "Oh, sweet mercy, will there be moles."

Producer Joel Surnow also expressed optimism for the show's new direction. "We've learned that people care about food just as much as they care about terrorism. We'll have Ramsey cussing them out on this side, Jack shooting them in the thigh on that side, Audrey wandering around aimlessly muttering about the Chinese--that's TV gold right there."

"The hardest part is coming up with new ways to off the eliminated contestants," said Surnow. "Bullets, poison gas, stabbing, strangulation--those are the obvious ones, but where do you go from there? Bow and arrow, maybe?

"I was thinking deadly animals, but we brought in a cougar this one time, and man, we never heard the end of it."



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