Fox's '24' elects first female president
Fox's '24' will have its first female president this season as out lesbian actress Cherry Jones joins the cast to play President Allison Taylor.
While it seems coincidental that Jones character will be the first female president on the show, producers say it has nothing to do with New York Senator Hillary Clinton's bid to be the first real-life female commander-in-chief.
"It's a dramatic decision. ... The president is a very important piece of '24," Liguori told The Associated Press. "We've had a broad array of presidents on the show; why not a female president?"
This isn't the first Oval Office groundbreaker for '24' as Dennis Haysbert played President Palmer, the nation's first black president.
Jones, winner of best-actress Tony Awards for "The Heiress" and "Doubt," has appeared in films including "Ocean's Twelve" and "The Perfect Storm" and has guest-starred on TV shows including the White House drama "The West Wing."