Very interesting to see that people are now getting all excitable about blood & gore happening on TV where, horrors! The children may see it! But we have a TV show running around showing us in full color and explicit detail that torture works and helps protect innocent lives.
The New Yorker article on "24" makes it clear that nobody explicitly believes that torture is a good thing, but the show time and again shows bad guys breaking down, giving our heroes the truth (Just in the nick of time, natcherly) and revealing things that our heroes didn't know, like the combination to the safe containing the explosive device that will take out a whole city block if it's not stopped in time.
In my humble opinion, we should worry more about "24" and the fact that the Bush Administration appears to approve of that show and less about what Hollywood finds profitable to show at the moment.