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Kiefer Sutherland talks about how ’24’ is going green

January 21, 2010

From the Mother Nature Network – The Fox drama 24 returns for Jack Bauer’s eighth really bad day on Jan. 17 with its tense real-time formula intact, and its carbon-neutral initiative firmly in place. “When we started around season four, the goal was to be able to make 24 and not leave a carbon footprint,” says star Kiefer Sutherland. “I don’t know if that’s possible because we have to drive to work, but all of the trucks we’re using are hybrids. We’re not using gas fuels and there are a lot of things being done within the office and the production building as well. We’ve made a marked improvement from where we were in season one.”

As the clock begins ticking, Bauer is preparing to retire to L.A. with his daughter and her family, but a terrorist assassination plot thwarts his plans, keeping him in New York, the new headquarter for CTU, which — Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) excepted — is staffed by new characters to clash with Jack. One is a computer analyst played by Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), engaged to an agent (Freddie Prinze Jr.) but hiding a secret past that a blackmailing ex threatens to expose. “She’s got some baggage, but let’s just say she’s very good at cleaning up problems,” says Sackhoff, her lips zipped on the details.

Raised in Oregon by a green-living mother, “I’ve been recycling every single thing since I was 4,” Sackhoff announces. Also new this season is Chris Diamantopoulos as Rob Weiss, President Taylor’s chief of staff. “He’s not afraid to speak his mind,” he says. “I love that he’s a little bit of a bull.”

Although the show is set in the Big Apple, it still shoots in Los Angeles so Diamantopoulos and his wife Becki Newton (Amanda in the New York-based Ugly Betty) continue their commuter marriage. He took a fuel-burning 51 flights last year, but tries to make up for it by conserving at home. “Not using bottled water and drinking filtered water is a big thing for us. We switched every single bulb to fluorescents,” he notes, “and we recycle both in New York and L.A.”

By Gerri Miller
Ecollywood
Mother Nature Network

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