You have to give Kiefer Sutherland a lot of credit. A few years ago, he was just another actor, sleep-walking his way through forgettable movies. Then he became the creative force and face behind "24," a Fox-TV show that started out very slowly. In its first season, "24" was a cult show at best, struggling to find an audience.
But Sutherland stuck it out, the show found its voice and its loyal viewers, and he recently reaped the benefits - a $40 million dollar deal that keeps him in the Jack Bauer role for three more years, saving the U.S. during those harried 24-hour days.
"24's" far-from-overnight success proves that it often takes time to build a following, and that consistency and quality win out. People forget that even the best concepts take time for the public to "get it."
But how many times has the plug been pulled too early, dooming a viable concept forever because it often takes a year or two before entertainment vehicles hit their rhythm? In the rush to write off some of the Howard replacement morning shows, everyone should take a deep breath and realize that even Stern himself didn't hit it out of the park at the beginning. That doesn't mean they're all going to make it, but a couple of trends just aren't enough to really understand what's going on.
Just ask Jack Bauer...