Exclusive Interview – Roger Cross, Former Star of 24

Curtis Manning of CTU was one hell of a patriot, but that ended up being his downfall. Curtis was a loyal member of CTU and a loyal friend of Jack Bauer, but it was his friend Jack Bauer who had to murder him for the greater good earlier in this season. This was an unfortunate blow for 24 fans who had come to love Curtis Manning as a character, and also was a blow to the actor who played Curtis Manning, Roger Cross.

Roger Cross sat down for an exclusive interview with Roger Cross recently, and Mr. Cross seems like an all-around genial fellow. He started his career in life as a commercial pilot, but ended up in Hollywood as a stunt man. Born in Jamaica, Cross spent his first 11 years of life there before emigrating to North America for good with his parents. It became clear to him that his path was going to end up in the acting realm and so he pursued it fully.

He got his role on 24 and, although it was originally slated to only be a 6 episode arc for the Curtis character, the show ended up keeping him for full two seasons and the beginning of this last one. His death had nothing to do with how the show felt about him, but just was meant to give Jack Bauer more torment, as if he needed any more. Roger Cross will continue to act in Hollywood, although he doesn’t know where he’ll end up next. Wherever it is, we’ll be watching.

Back to work


24, the hit thriller-drama series resumed its shoot last January for the seventh season all without a break or stop. This is a testament that they are indeed making up for lost time seeing as how the last November strike has caused major problems for the show. The strike forced Fox Network to delay the season probably until early 2009. Fox has tagged 2008 as a major defeat for the show and they are hopeful that come 2009, things will relatively get better. Meanwhile, eight episodes for the upcoming season was already filmed, this includes action scenes from Washington DC instead of the original Los Angeles plan.

The Best TV Download Sites

You see them all the time; advertisements and spam saying they’re the best TV download site. Let’s take a look at a few of your options for downloading your favorite TV shows. In no particular order, I’ve reviewed some top TV download sites for you. All prices mentioned in this review are United States Dollars (USD) and subject to change without notice.


At iTunes you can download TV shows, music, movies and more. They offer music and TV downloads for as little as $.99 per download, a quick and simple registration process as well as a money back guarantee. They offer 24/7 customer service.


Amazon offers their unbox collection of movie and TV downloads Amazon’s prices vary from just under one dollar to about $20 per use. They, too, have a quick and simple registration process, money back guarantee and 24/7 customer support.

Elite TV Downloads

Very quick and simple registration with monthly fees as low as $1.37 per month or a one-time fee of under $35; additional one time fee for downloading movies. You get instant access to millions of downloads, no download limit, free desktop MP3, TV show and movie player. On top of that, they offer 24/7 customer support and an eight week satisfaction guarantee.

Fast TV Downloads

Quick and easy registration process, instant access and a bundle of free software. One-time fee or monthly plans available for less than $2.00. No download limit.

As you can see by the four TV download sites I’ve reviewed for you, the best sites to download TV shows will offer a money back guarantee. They will also offer 24/7 technical support. Most will even offer a great one-time fee for unlimited downloads.

Be sure to do your own research to find the best place for you to download TV shows. What works for someone else may not necessarily be the one that works best for your TV download needs.

Download TV Shows vs. Cable or Satellite

The cost comparison is probably one of the biggest reasons people like to download TV shows. Some cable and satellite TV providers offer packages as low as $30 per month. Some of the best sites to download TV shows, episodes or even movies start at under a dollar per episode. If you don’t watch a lot of TV, this could be a great plan for you. Most also offer a lifetime of TV downloads for about the same price as your monthly cable or satellite bill.

When you watch something on cable or satellite, you can record it and watch it as often as you like. When you download TV shows or movies to your home computer, you can burn them to a cd or DVD and watch them for years to come. You also have the freedom to put them on your handheld for portable TV where ever you go.

There you have it: a brief overview of a few of the best sites to download TV shows and a simple, yet effective, cost comparison. This should help you in your quest to find the best download site for your favorite TV shows, episodes, movies and music.

The Awful Truth About Television: TV Watching Can Become An Addiction

Push a button to feel relaxed

When you turn on the TV, you become relaxed almost instantaneously. The quickness of the relaxation can condition you to associate TV with relaxation. As long as you are watching TV, you will stay relaxed.

Scientific American researchers, Kubey and Csikszentmihalyi, also found that this feeling of relaxation ends as soon as the TV is turned OFF, reinforcing the TV=relaxation association. They compare it to a drug in terms of its relaxation effect.

TV is like a tranquilizing drug

With drugs, the faster a drug leaves the body, the more addictive it is. “A tranquilizer that leaves the body rapidly is much more likely to cause dependence than one that leaves the body slowly, precisely because the user is more aware that the drug’s effects are wearing off.” Similarly, if viewers sense that they will feel less relaxed if they turn off the TV, they may be more likely to leave it on. This can grow into a dependency over time, as viewers increasingly turn to the television screen in order to relax.

Side effects of TV

TV puts your brain into a passive, suggestible, alpha brain wave state. The left side of the brain largely shuts down and critical thinking diminishes. Viewers feel drained and have difficulty focusing. These side effects continue after the viewer turns the TV off.

Therefore, when you click the ON button on your TV, you may soon feel relaxed, but you will also feel the side effects of passivity, suggestibility, and difficulty concentrating. When you turn off the TV you will stop feeling pleasantly relaxed, and you will still experience the negative side effects. This is a formula for an addiction.

TV withdrawal symptoms

Another sign that TV is addictive is that people often feel withdrawal symptoms when they try to go for long periods without watching TV. Many viewers may feel anxious for a time as they try to adjust to living without TV’s relaxing effects.

According to Charles Winick, who analyzed numerous studies of people trying to give up TV, “The first three or four days for most persons were the worst, even in many homes where viewing was minimal and where there were other ongoing activities. In over half of all the households, during these first few days of loss, the regular routines were disrupted, family members had difficulties in dealing with the newly available time, anxiety and aggressions were expressed…. People living alone tended to be bored and irritated.”

Are you addicted to TV?

An addiction can make it difficult to control TV watching. Naturally, some people are more susceptible to the addictive effects of TV than others are. Are you addicted to TV? Can you and your family turn off the TV for three days and leave it off? Try it and find out.

About ‘The Awful Truth About Television’ Series:

What happens when the average American spends 4 hours 32 minutes every day watching television? Trash Your TV’s ‘The Awful Truth About Television’ Series explores the multifaceted problems with TV in eleven hard-hitting articles. Read the full series and you will never look at your television set the same way again.



Eighth season confirmed

That’s at least what Kiefer Sutherland says, when asked about the future of the hit action series. Fox has no official announcement yet, but you can expect some official news soon, now that the lead actor has broken the ice.

Kiefer has been successful in his portrayal of the grim and dedicated agent Jack Bauer and was awarded with the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award in 2006 at the Emmys.

In tandem with the news that 24 producer and director John Cassar will be leaving the show after he and FOX executives did not agree on the terms of a new contract for the upcoming season, we do not know how to take the news. We can only hope that 24 will continue to deliver fast paced intelligent drama and action in the coming 8th season.

For the die-hard 24 fan


Craving to fill your house up with images of 24? Well you better check out this website! In this site there are plenty of items to please the die-hard 24 fan. A nice box of DVDs where all 5 seasons can be watched. Awesome stores which sell items like t-shirts, cups and everything else 24. Books and magazines to read, collect and display. There are also plenty of roaring games to play with your family and friends. And…you wouldn’t believe this: there’s even an auction where you could buy actual wardrobe and props used on the show! As of now there are discounts on some of the items so you better take a look into them. Hurry! Time is running out!

Episode 1

Episode 1
12:00 Midnight -1:00 A.M.

6 November 2001

Agent Jack Bauer works for the Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit. He is called in for an assignment – to protect an African-American Senator who is running for the presidential seat. Jack Bauer has counted on having to deal with an assassin but he does not expect to learn that there are traitors in his own agency who are working against him and that it is not only the Senator that is in need of his protection, but his own family as well. Things get complicated with tension from his relationship with Teri, his wife, and his relationship with Nina Myers, a colleague who is also Jack’s former lover.

Episode 9


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Episode 9
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.
15 January 2002

Still on the day of the California Presidential Primary (between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM)?

Jack Bauer is arrested. The Secret Service questions him and Jack relays the real story on the power-plant incident. However, he is met with skepticism. Jack is forced to escape by freeing himself from the handcuffs that the secret service agents have shackled him with. He then hijacks a car that is driven by a waitress named Lauren. He proceeds to go to a construction. There, he talks to Nina and Tony. Tony and Nina proceed to pressure Jamey with the latter eventually tries committing suicide.

Meanwhile, Sherry calls Maureen. She promises the story of the assassination attempt plus the conspiracy in the government. The only thing Maureen has to do is to postpone the news about Keith.

Teri makes a sacrifice for Kim by allowing one of their captors to sexually abuse her and thereby protecting her daughter. In the process, she steals the man’s phone.


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Memories of 24


Want to relive the episodes of 24? No problem! You could download episodes over the internet or find stores which sell DVDs of the show. You could also read scripts online if you want. Also, there are lots of pictures available and you could save them in your computer for memories. Here is a site that details a lot of 24 info for fans all over the world. In here, you could also read memorable quotes so that you and your friends could reenact your favorite 24 scenes. Visit the site and make 24 last for a lifetime of adventure, drama, and good cheer.