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'24' crystal ball: female president

In what could become a self-fulfilling prophecy, producers on Fox's "24" are contemplating a female president on the show next season, sources said. The real-time drama's upcoming seventh season will coincide with the peak in the Democratic Party's presidential race that might see Hillary Clinton as the first woman nominated by a major political party for the top political office. "24," starring Kiefer Sutherland, has been popular among Washington's elite, and at TV Land's upfront presentation in May Clinton's husband, President Bill Clinton, who has been involved in his wife's presidential campaign, listed "24" among his favorite shows "even though an uber-right-wing guy writes it." He was referring to "24" co-creator Joel Surnow, an outspoken Republican. While "24" broke ground introducing the first black president on a TV series (Dennis Haysbert), the show would not be the first to have a female president. In the past few years, ABC's "Commander in Chief" and Fox's "Prison Break" both featured women in the Oval Office. Sources stressed that no final decision has been made on the role of the president next season and that the "24" creative team ultimately might opt to go in another direction. (Nellie Andreeva)