Sutherland’s illness stops work on ‘24’
New York — Production of the Fox network thriller “24” has been temporarily shut down so that star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland can undergo surgery.
Shooting is expected to resume next week with Sutherland’s return. Twentieth Century Fox Television would not comment on the nature of Sutherland’s ailment, referring to it only as “a medical procedure.” The Los Angeles Times first reported the production halt and says Sutherland suffered from a ruptured cyst.
About six more weeks of production time remain for the season. Fox says no disruption is expected in airing the episodes.
Walters’ 29th Oscar special to be her last
New York — Barbara Walters says next month’s Oscar interview special will be her last, ending a 29-year tradition.
Walters made the announcement Monday on her weekday talk show, “The View.” She says she feels like she has “been there, done that.”
Walters’ farewell Oscar special is tied to ABC’s Oscar Awards telecast and will air March 7. It will feature Academy Award Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock and Best Supporting Actress nominee Mo’Nique, along with a retrospective of past specials.
Walters says she will continue her other annual ABC News special, “The 10 Most Fascinating People,” as well as co-hosting “The View” and other assignments.