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24 Vet Cherry Jones Says 'No Thanks' to Emmy Award Race

24 Vet Cherry Jones Says 'No Thanks' to Emmy Award Race
Cherry Jones as President Allison Taylor on '24'
One Emmy is enough for Broadway's Cherry Jones.

Two-time Tony Award winner Cherry Jones (Doubt) has removed herself from Emmy consideration for her role of the now-cancelled 24 despite having won her first Emmy for the role just last year, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Jones played U.S. President Allison Taylor for two seasons on the Fox drama. Unlike many other awards including the Tonys, TV actors must submit themselves for Emmy consideration each year. When an actor declines to be considered for the prestigious trophy, it is often seen as a swipe at the show’s creators and writers for not providing a challenging part.

Jones recently talked to about the extreme directions her character took in the show’s final season. When the reporter asked if she’d tried to talk to the show’s producers about her concerns, she replied: “By the end of the season, these guys are just this side of brain dead. They have been trying so hard. They don’t have an arc. Most TV shows would have an arc and they would figure out how to nudge everybody in the direction they wanted to go... [These guys] try to follow things they think will be the most shocking.”

When the reporter asked Jones if she expected to be a part of the in-the-works 24 film, she replied, “I can’t imagine that would be the case.”

This year’s Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced on July 8, 2010, with the ceremony set for August 29.

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