Jack Bauer is officially back: FOX has confirmed its plans to bring "24" back to its airwaves next year.
The show will return in the summer of 2014 as an event series called "24: Live Another Day." Kiefer Sutherlandhas signed on to play Jack Bauer again, with the story picking up several years after the last season, which aired in 2009. There's no word yet on any other casting.
"Live Another Day" will run for 12 weeks and keep its real-time format, but FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly says it may skip hours here and there.
"As [executive producer Howard Gordon] would design the season, the spine of the 24 episodes was really about 12 hours. Those were where the big events occurred, and then there were little twists and connective tissue in between," Reilly told reporters on a conference call Monday (May 13). Each episode of "Live Another Day" will still unfold over the course of an hour, but viewers won't see as much of the in-between hours. "It may go 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m.," Reilly says, depending on how the story comes together.
Reilly says the return of "24" grew out of the network announcing it was making a push into limited-run series, and Gordon and the "24" team's frustration at trying to design a feature film based on the show.
"As they got into the feature film, I think they all agreed that '24' compressed into two hours is not '24,'" Reilly says. "Talking about it over the last couple of years, they kind of got their juices flowing again, and when we announced this new [miniseries] franchise, a little light bulb went off for Howard. He said, 'Wait a minute. Why are we killing ourselves trying to crack a feature when this is the perfect format?'"
"Live Another Day" will probably be paired with another scripted series in the summer of 2014 -- Reilly mentioned the drama "Gang Related" as one that might hold until then. Another limited series, the thriller "Wayward Pines," is currently set to launch in the late summer next year and carry into fall.
I liked the first few seasons of 24, but then it got a little old.
I did get a kick out of the spread of episodes, and the ability of the show to make people forget it is all within a 24 hour period. Maybe not forget the time frame, but easily forget things that happened.
One season, the number I cannot remember (The one with Habib Marwan, the mummy guy), Jack had two ribs broken in the "Third Hour" of the show. Skip ahead 3 episodes, 3 hours, and here is Jack leaping over a fence and running at high speed toward a suspect, then rolling on the ground with him.
Now I know Jack was as tuff as nails, but HE BROKE HIS RIBS THREE HOURS BEFORE THIS. Tell me, outside of Superman, who would be able to jump, run, and roll on the ground with BROKEN RIBS!? See, people forgot about that detail. Unfortunately, with my annoying attention to detail, I remember things like that and call them out.
Again, I liked 24 for the first few seasons, but it got a little too fantastical for me and I gave up. Great show. A Mini Series would be good, but a full comeback would not last long, IMHO.
This is Jack Bauer we're talking about, He IS superman. The show got repetitive however it was still very enjoyable, I liked all season but season 2-3-5 and 7 were easily the best in the series. Im confident that the latest 24 project will be success, since it's the same writer from the previous seasons and the writer for Homeland as well...which in fact is also another great show that i highly reccomend if you love 24.