Here’s a lengthy (24 minute) live radio interview I recorded where TV Confidential interviews Howard Gordon, showrunner of 24 and the author of Gideon’s War.
Comparisons of the Gideon Davis and Jack Bauer characters come up, Howard shares his writing past, reveals what other writers and stories he was inspired by, they talk about Gregory Itzin (who was recognized by LA Times as one of TV’s top supporting characters in 2010) and Dennis Haysbert, Howard’s favorite episode of 24, his two television pilots, and briefly about the 24 movie.
Gordon revealed that his favorite episode of 24 was in Season 3 when Jack Bauer was forced by Stephen Saunders to execute Ryan Chapelle, saying it was very challenging to write and iconic for the character. This is the episode that is going to be screened at his Gideon’s War book signing.
He also mentions the two television pilots he has in the works, Homeland for Showtime (with 24 writer Alex Gansa) and Legends for NBC. He says that Legends is just a pilot script and doesn’t know if it’ll actually get filmed so it’s probably too early for him to talk about.
When asked if the recent snag with the 24 movie is the end of the line for Jack Bauer, Gordon said “I think that’s something only FOX knows, but I think, and I think Kiefer thinks and believes strongly, that there’s definitely life in Jack yet. And I think there’s more story to tell, so I hope we get that chance one day.”