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TV Junkie meets - Gets the Scoop on the "24" Marathon

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Starting tomorrow, Saturday, January 13th, at 5:00 p.m., embarks on a marathon of "24" viewing in eager and obsessive anticipation of the season premiere on Sunday. They've got tons of schwag they're going to give away, an Edgar tribute, call-ins, guests, contests, and they're hoping to get Kiefer and anybody else from the show to stop by. I had a chance to pepper co-host Saul Friedman with some LAist-specific questions, namely what "24" drinking games are good, as well as what he thinks is going to happen in Season 6.

LAist: Saul, thanks for answering our questions, so you are a host for MTV Overdrive _and_ now you're going to stay up and do this "24" marathon – how do you do it? I'm sure the sheer adrenaline of watching "24" all over again (sarcasm) will be a contributor, but spill some beans here. Are you and co-host Marc (Horowitz, the guy who has been living in his car in those Nissan commercials) going to rely on each other a bit to pull yourselves through this?

SAUL: Energy drinks. . . lots and lots of energy drinks. We'll have a running tally of energy drinks consumed and subsequent bathroom breaks it takes to get through this 24 tribute.We really want to get Kiefer to call in (or better yet pop in) and we will spend a lot of time hunting him down. We also hope our viewers who know anything about him or where he hangs out will call or text in and help us out. We have a ton of activities and guests planned to keep us occupied. Marc and I haven’t talked much about what we have planned for each other so the shock of each new thing we do will be enough of an adrenaline rush to push us through. Also, joining Marc and I for the full 24 hours will be a 24 newbie who we need to catch up on 5 seasons of the show. . . ummm, how obvious is it that I'm talking in circles trying to avoid the real answer to your question which is, “Crap, what am I getting myself into?”

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LAist: A couple years ago some friends and I came up with a drinking game for "24," so that, for example, every time somebody got killed or if Jack said "dammit" we drank – some nights were just brutal. Do you have any such plans in the works and/or could you help us out with our game because, since I've written it down here in black and white, it doesn't look so brilliant.

SAUL: I’ve played the first game you talked about, but Ive never heard of the “dammit” drinking game, I don’t know if my liver could handle that. At we’ve done the "Chloe furling of the brow" drinking game. When she’s on, if she furls her brow, you must drink, be sure to have an EMT nearby,

LAist: Part of what makes "24" interesting for LAist readers is that in the show Los Angeles is perpetually in peril: from terrorists (and corrupt Administrations) using nukes, bioterror, bullets/bombs – so the question is, what are they gonna do to us now? Some visitors to LA may feel that losing all or part of the city wouldn't be such a bad thing. Your thoughts on this? Any particular neighborhoods you think should go?

SAUL: For your readers who watched SHOWTIME's incredible second season of SLEEPER CELL, they saw the Hollywood Bowl nearly get nuked. While I wouldn’t want to see the Bowl go, I would be fine if the Highland exit of the 101 North all the way down to Hollywood Blvd was attacked so that during its rebuilding, a little common sense could be used. I don’t know who thought building a ginormous amphitheatre next to a bottle-necking street, but they didn’t take my shot-glass bladder on a Friday evening in the summertime into account. Other than that, all the places I kinda gate in LA individually, when put together give this town the perfect balance of beauty, history, opulence, pompousness, car theft and reality that makes LA, LA. . .except Little Ethiopia, I mean really, at what point did someone say “we need a little Ethiopia?”

LAist: How about some favorite parts of LA, places that you would like Jack Bauer to take a stand and say, "Hey, hands-off"?

SAUL: I've always been critical of the level of Jack's energy and focus without sleep or food. My friends at will tell you, Im kind of obsessed with it. So, I guess I'd like to see an entire season called 24: Jacks Day Off. And there would be the episode of Jack standing in line at PINK's picking up lunch. Would he get the Three Dog Night or the Rosie O'Donnell Long Island Dog? These are the things we don't know about Jack. Just 60 minutes of complete awkwardness with a dash of avoiding too much eye contact with those around you and reading the "history of Pinks" on their menu 18 times, just in case the story changes from one read to another. Maybe see Jack actually stuck in traffic instead of being able to leap from one end of town to the other, midday mind you, in a single commercial break. Perhaps the Jack Bauer Burke Williams episode. That would be a season we would love to recap at

LAist: Who have some of your favorite characters in "24" been in the previous seasons? Personally, I wish they would take some of Nina's DNA and grow a new one of her but they've had some great characters, the last sniveling President was brilliantly done.

SAUL: There have been several good characters in the past 5 seasons, but only a few amazing ones. I don't think Ill be breaking any new ground with my top picks. President Prescott of course was a fantastic fop, fool, hero & villain. I was taken for a ride with his character that almost makes me forgive the show for the Kim nearly gets attacked by a mountain lion story line. Chloe is also near the top of the list. Her bitter beer face, blind allegiance to Jack and ability to open sockets without detection put her in the 24 pantheon of awesomeness. Hands down the greatest character to ever appear on the series was Edgar Styles. I don't know what they were thinking when they killed him off. I would say that is one of the biggest mistakes they made on the show. They built up a day player into a character that everyone loved, they were building up his apparent crush on Chloe and everyone wanted the pay off, but instead they killed him off. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

During our 24 hour marathon on we will hold a memorial to Edgar and invite viewers to call in and share personal stories and memories they have of him. We did something similar at the time of his death, but thought it appropriate to eulogize him live with the fans.

They have also had some miserable casting mishaps on the show, Im still not over having a Goonie on last season. . .I mean, really? A freaking hobbit running CTU? Oy.

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LAist: Any predictions for the upcoming season? What do you think is going to happen? Tony Almeida's appearance last year was the best moment of the show IMHO, how are they going to top that?

SAUL: I'm a purist, I try to avoid spoilers as much as possible. I never watch the "next on.." for the show, and haven't watched any of the ads for this season. So, any guess I have will be based on absolutely nothing.

I'm guess it'll go something like this. . . The country will be in peril & Jack (who we last saw being shipped off as a prisoner) be the only person who can save us all. Since he's our only hope, I assume it will involve some villain from a previous season, no? Otherwise why would they need to get Jack back. Umm, something involving Kim? She's always great bait for him. And of course the threat they set up in the first few episodes will be a decoy masking the real threat, which will fail 10 episodes in. Luckily, the bad guys will have a minimum of no less than 2 back up plans perfectly planned and nearly flawlessly executed. That's the 24 formula.

Is it wrong that I'm somewhat hoping for Kims death?

LAist: If you weren't doing this marathon, what would you be doing?

SAUL: My DVRs are both above 80% capacity, I would likely spend my weekend emptying them out and having multiple TVgasms.

LAist: In closing, any words/links/shout outs/commentary before you take this big dive for all of us?

SAUL: It's a strange thing, when companies hear people are going to televise stupid things, they hand them a ton of free stuff to giveaway. So now we have thousands of dollars worth of random giveaways from bikes, streak house gift certificates and clothes, to video games and dvds, We are devising a ton of fun and random giveaways to people throughout the broadcast, and while I don't expect anyone to watch all 24 hours, I suggest regularly checking back with us to see what you can win. I want to thank some of our guests who will be popping in, Paul Goeble (, Marc Horowitz (, Jesus H. Christ ( to help make time fly. . . there are 24 hours that we will fill up with a lot of fun and crazy things. Contests, interviews, debates, call ins, stunts. . . I cant even begin to tell you everything we are going to do. Come by and enjoy the 24 hours before 24 with us starting Saturday night at 5pmPST and continuing right up until the east coast premier of 24.

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Now, I need to go sleep in preparation for a 24-hour marathon. Incidentally, if any of your readers in LA are in a 24 tribute band and want to swing by the studio this weekend to play for us, they can email me at I'll also announce here at the for the first time, our call to President Palmer & Jack Bauer look-alikes. We are holding a look-alike contest this weekend and if your readers want a head start they can email me their photo at the same address.

Thanks for talking to me, and enjoy's "24 B4 24", which starts Saturday night 5pm PST, then of course the new season of "24" which starts this Sunday at 8pm!