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Fox's '24' Elects Cherry Jones As Female President

We reported back in June that FOX show '24' was contemplating a female president on the show next season, now we have confirmation.

And it appears Tony Award-winning actress Cherry Jones will play President Allison Taylor when the show returns in January for its seventh season with counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland.

Jones, winner of best-actress Tony Awards for "The Heiress" and "Doubt," has appeared in films including "Ocean's Twelve" and "The Perfect Storm."

"It's a dramatic decision. ... The president is a very important piece of '24," says Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Liguori. "We've had a broad array of presidents on the show; why not a female president?"

The series has been an Oval Office groundbreaker before, when Dennis Haysbert played President Palmer, the nation's first black president.

Liguori said he wouldn't call the past season "disappointing," but promises believes the seventh will be better.

July 23, 2007 |

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