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'24' New York Edition Coming In Season Eight, Carlos Bernard On Tony Almeida

After six seasons set in Los Angeles and a rejuvenated season in Washington D.C., '24' is planning to head to New York for its eighth season.

Michael Ausiello of 'Entertainment Weekly' reports that while product on season eight won't get underway next month, producers are already planning to keep things exciting by making the switch.

The show will still be shot for the most part in Los Angeles, just as this season, except for some setup shots and New York location footage, but it will have the look and feel of the Big Apple.

Cherry Jones' President Taylor, and Annie Wersching's Renee Walker will also be back, as will CTU, which will reportedly make a comeback under the leadership of a yet-to-be-cast male character named Brian Hastings, who is described as "an MBA type with a razor sharp intellect."

Additionally, Oscar-winning 'Slumdog Millionaire's game show host, Anil Kapoor, who has appeared in over a hundred films in India, will be joining the cast as Arman Hashemi, a Middle Eastern leader who is on a peacemaking mission in the US.

Since we saw an invasion of the White House this season, you can be sure we will at least one major sequence set in a famous New York landmark next year.

Meanwhile, Carlos Bernard reveals he wasn't as surprised by Tony Almeida's turn on this week episode, as many of us were: "It felt very organic, oddly enough. As an actor, you can't judge your character. The only way I have to go about it is to put myself in the situation of the character and the circumstance of what he's been through and play it."

"Is he a good guy or bad guy? That’s up to the audience. But for me? If I were to judge? It made perfect sense. As the rest of the episodes play out, I found myself completely on Tony's side as far as what he believed he was doing. It's very strange."

"I remember when we were done shooting, and all of the producers had seen the final cut of the final episodes, one of them looked at me funny and asked, 'Did you believe what was coming out of your mouth?' And I said, 'You know what? Absolutely, I believed it. It made sense to me.'"

"We knew it was going to go in this direction, yeah. How it was actually going to play out, you never know. It’s such a complex show to write. They'll map out where they think a character is going to go and see if it actually plays with the story. But it was always in the back of our minds that this is where he was going. It was just a matter of how he was going to get there over the season."

And is it still Michelle's death that Tony is upset about? "I think he's motivated by still being stuck in a place of anger and resentment. He still feels betrayed by the government but there is more to it than that. I just can't spell it out yet. This has been his plan."

April 15, 2009 |

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