Monday, June 20, 2005

Fox Outsources "24" To India



Fox has unleashed it's lawyers on a company in India for trying to steal stealing the real time plot of 24. Fox claims that Zee-TV's show, Time Bomb, is a copy their own hit show, 24. Zee-TV lawyers shot back, stating that nobody could monopolize the concept of terrorism. I think we now have a glimpse of the new plot behind Jack Bauer and CTU for season 5, Indian show-pirates.

The first episode of Time Bomb, which even uses the "real-time" format as 24, airs tonight. The show even has 24 episodes, with each episode covering one hour of the day. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation filed a suit in the Delhi High Court, but after watching 2 hours of 24, Justice Anil Kumar ruled that Time Bomb was an original concept. Kudos to the Zee-TV execs on one aspect of the show, Time Bomb keeps the muslim terrorism theme and even includes Osama.

Kumar was unswayed by the evidence that the lead character in Time Bomb, Varun Avasthi was given the same superhuman speed that Jack Bauer has. Varun has the ability to change out of his sherwani, and drive the ACT van across New Delhi in less than 5 minutes. Other similarities involve the random deaths of ACT backup agents sent to aid Varun and the obsessive use of torture throughout the show.

Zee-TV should also be free to produce a TV show based on a group of friends who live in a hip section of New Delhi. One works in a coffee shop, one is a Bollywood actor, another works in a museum, and one works at job where no one knows what he does. The group spends their time talking about dating, work, and a naked man who lives across the way.


Sean Hannity is a member of the Time Bomb cast?

Time Bomb is an international political thriller of global terror with its epicenter in South Asia. Our protagonist Varun is a special agent of an exclusive, secret, multi-disciplinary intelligence agency created under the PMO to deal with terrorism and related matters known to the very few as - A.C.T. – Agency to Counter Terrorism
24 is an international thriller of global terror with its epicenter in America. The protagaonist Jack Bauer is a special agent of agent of an exclusive, secret, multi-disciplinary intelligence agency under the PMO to deal with terrorism and related matters known to the very few as C.T.U - Counter Terrorism Unit.

The security agencies have to protect the Prime minister of India from the unknown assassins, simultaneously they have to try and stop the terrorists from carrying out their plans to destabilize the world. Varun soon realizes that the plot to assassinate the Prime Minister is only a distraction ploy to keep the intelligence agencies busy. He realizes that the actual plan of the terrorist was to simultaneously explode nuclear devices in Washington, London, Tel-Aviv and New Delhi. - Plot of Time Bomb

Give me a break; this is a total rip-off of 24. The station is nice enough to have a "Post your views" section on the Time Bomb website. I took the liberty to send Zee-TV some suggestions, go ahead and send them your 24-related comments. Please post yours to the comments section below or email me.

(linked on OTB)