Fox to Redo Show After Virginia Tech Shootings

By Lisa de Moraes
Monday, July 23, 2007

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., July 22

Acampus shooting scene that was filmed before the Virginia Tech killings is being redone on a new Fox drama series based on the "Terminator" flicks, Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Liguori told TV critics Sunday.

Meanwhile, scripts for the upcoming season of "24," which will feature a female president of the United States, will be vetted from a "dramaturgical" perspective, not from a political point of view, Liguori said at Summer TV Press Tour 2007.

"The Sarah Connor Chronicles" won't debut on the network until next calendar year -- the real start of Fox's TV season, when "American Idol" comes back -- because the singing competition brings a lot more female viewers to the network, Liguori said.

In the series, Sarah Connor must protect her teenage son because he is destined to save mankind from evil technology.

One critic wondered why the shooting scene was shot in the first place, given that the Virginia Tech shooting was just the latest incidence of campus violence in the past several years.

Liguori insisted it was justified, explaining, "This woman is charged with protecting and preparing her son to be the future leader of the resistance; the one single place a parent has to give up control of their child is school."

But after a student killed 32 people and himself at Virginia Tech last April, the executive producer was the first to say the scene needed to be redone, Liguori said.

Cherry Jones, meanwhile, has been hired to play President Allison Taylor when Fox's counterterrorism drama "24" returns in January for its seventh season, the network announced Sunday morning.

Jones's term will coincide with Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign to win the presidency in real life.

Critics wondered how Cherry's character would be portrayed and whether Fox would look closely at the scripts to see whether the show is using her character to try to influence the election. This past season, the show got blamed for influencing real soldiers with graphic torture scenes.

The show would be vetted only "from a dramaturgical perspective," Liguori told the Associated Press.

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