’24’ Filming Derailed by Fire

Jack Bauer seems to have met his match in the fires blazing across Southern California.

Two CBS shows, “NCIS” and “The Unit,” have sets at Santa Clarita, but neither shut down shooting Monday, according to the industry trade paper. The Stevenson Ranch fire was near enough that “NCIS” staffers could see the smoke, according to The Hollywood Reporter, another trade paper.

Fox’s “24” wasn’t quite as lucky on Monday, The Hollywood Reporter reported. The show was shooting at a Marine Corps air station in Irvine, about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles, and had to cancel filming at 7:30 a.m. at one of the base’s hangars due to smoke from the Santiago fire. The show’s producers decided to shoot other scenes on its stages elsewhere in Southern California.

A handful of shows, including CBS’ “Cold Case” and ABC’s “Big Shots,” either scrapped shoots or changed locations due to the fires. “Cold Case’s” Simi Valley sets were blown over by the strong winds in the area, The Hollywood Reporter said.

They’ll probably figure a way to work this into the show.

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