Jean Smart Begins Pivotal Role in '24'
The clock has already started ticking for the thrilling and unpredictable fifth season of 24, which will be featuring Jean Smart in the pivotal role of First Lady Martha Logan.
One of the most innovative, thrilling and acclaimed drama series on television, the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning 24 stars Kiefer Sutherland as Agent Jack Bauer, who heads -- or at least used to head -- the field operations of the Counter Terrorist Unit in the United States. Created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, the series is presented in a unique format where each episode covers one hour of real time with the season’s entire story taking place in one day. Once again, viewers will be able to follow several key characters through a day that none of them will ever forget.
In season four of 24, Jack Bauer returned to CTU when his new boss, Secretary of Defense James Heller (William Devane), was kidnapped in connection with a terrorist-coordinated train crash. Although Agent Bauer helped prevent an attempt to melt down the nation’s nuclear power plants, he could not stop terrorists from successfully shooting down Air Force One and attempting to assassinate the President. After this event, the most devastating and momentous in the show’s four thrilling seasons, CTU operatives were faced with shielding the nation from a nuclear terrorism threat that could kill millions of people and change the world forever.
Season five picks up 18 months later as national security is brutally breached and the thrilling clock begins to tick again. A presumably dead Jack Bauer is actually living a new life with Diane (Connie Britton) and her son Derek (Brady Corbet). Panicky President Logan (Gregory Itzin) is running the nation, while composed Bill Buchanan (James Morrison) commands CTU alongside key operatives Curtis Manning (Roger Cross), Edgar Stiles (Louis Lombardi) and Chloe O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub).
Jean joins the cast as Martha Logan, the emotionally volatile First Lady to the petulant, legacy-obsessed President, and her performance has already blown away critics and reviewers.
"Smart expertly injects Martha with enough irrational bitchiness -- bittersweet outbursts, wild tears -- to seriously undermine her. Yet just when the audience is ready for Martha to be packed off, she goes lucid, turning her manipulations into wily, surprising street smarts." ~ Entertainment Weekly
"The standout element this season is Jean Smart as Martha Logan." ~ Orlando Sentinel
"The most compelling person in the season opener -- Jean Smart as the first lady. Smart makes us empathize with her frustration without overselling it." ~ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
24's "Day 5" begins with a four-hour, two-night season premiere
on Sunday, January 15th and Monday, January 16th (8 pm - 10 pm ET/PT), and then returns to its regular weekly time slot on Monday, January 23rd at 9:00 pm, with the intense series unfolding on a weekly basis without repeats or preemptions all the way until the heart-stopping season finale.
Jean's January 13 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show -- which is probably now available on a Podcast somewhere across the Internet -- is just the beginning of numerous interviews and feature articles that will be featuring Jean to promote 24 throughout the season, so be sure to keep visiting Jean's official website, Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart, to keep updated!
**Source: Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart, Photos courtesy of FOX Publicity.