The television show 24: Legacy has quickly become one of my favorite shows on air right now. Coming from someone who barely watches television, it is an amazing feat to count me as a loyal follower. Add to that tall, dark and handsome Jimmy Smits and a spectacular interior design scene and I am pretty much hooked for the next 11 hours or should I say episodes. The original 24 series had 24 episodes in each season, but this latest spin-off only has 12 unfortunately.
While most of 24: Legacy involves action packed scenes, a whole lot of gunfire, covert CTU operatives, and betrayal at its finest, there are some scenes that for a few moments tug at a designer’s heartstrings. As presidential candidate John Donovan (Smits) engages his constituents in the lush outdoor gardens, his dad Henry is putting out fires – or starting them – inside the house. And what a house it is! If you haven’t gotten a glimpse of this beautiful sprawling home, I suggest that you watch the first three episodes on Hulu or On Demand as soon as you finish reading this blog.
The swanky Donovan family home is the most luxurious of the homes that we see on the show, even though sometimes the show alternates between the lead character Eric Carter’s home and Carter’s brother’s home. Carter’s brother’s digs are especially disappointing from an interior design perspective, but I guess we shouldn’t expect much considering the affairs he’s mixed up in. He definitely has bigger things to worry about, like getting busted by the cops and dealing with his sneaky girlfriend.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, Henry Donovan’s office seems to be where all of the craziness happens. It has the quintessential cigar bar look, with wood paneling on the wall – the very cool kind. There is also a winding staircase and a traditional fireplace in the study made entirely of natural stone. In the dining room, we see an uncluttered space with delightful picture molding on the walls and a relaxing light blue and cream palette. I’m digging the juxtaposition, because there is certainly nothing relaxing about watching oil tycoon Henry in action.
Before the camera pans back to Eric Carter blowing up walls and dodging enemies, we are lucky to see the off white kitchen in the Donovan home. As interesting as it is to see John Donovan’s wife Rebecca Ingram pressed by Henry’s inquiries, I’m more concerned with where the set designer got those lovely ivory chairs at the breakfast table. Maybe next week, in between missions gone wrong, we’ll get to explore more rooms in this impressive home.