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Jack is back! Fox confirms new 12-episode limited series return of 24 with Kiefer Sutherland

05.13.2013by:

That's right, kids, Jack is back! Fox has officially confirmed the return of 24 with Kiefer Sutherland returning to the role of Jack Bauer in 12-episode limited series run of the show, called 24: Live Another Day. Since the show ended after 8 seasons in 2010, producers have tried in vain to translate the show to the big screen with directors like Tony Scott and Antoine Fuqua being attached at various points. Unfortunately, the show never found the right footing (or timing) to make the transition. Sutherland's most recent TV venture, Touch, has been cancelled, which opens the door for him to stop screwing around and get back to the character he excels at playing.

This is great news to many of us fans and I think the scaled back format is a great idea. 24 episodes can be a little daunting and may be off putting for new viewers. Plus, it eliminates the need to stretch out so much of the story and tighten things up. Either way, it's going to have Jack Bauer kicking the shit out of terrorists and shocking the hell out of everyone with his badassery, so you count me in.

Here's the lengthy press release with all the details:

JACK IS BACK!!!

NEW ACTION-PACKED EVENT SERIES “24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY”

TO RESTART ICONIC CLOCK IN SUMMER 2014 ON FOX

Kiefer Sutherland to Return as JACK BAUER in New Event Series

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and Howard Gordon’s Teakwood Lane Productions

FOX has ordered 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, a thrilling new tent-pole event series set to restart the clock on the groundbreaking and Emmy Award-winning drama franchise starring Kiefer Sutherland. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and Howard Gordon’s Teakwood Lane Productions, 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY will make its historic debut in the summer of 2014 on FOX.

The high-octane saga will reunite showrunner Howard Gordon with Sutherland and retain the real-time, pulse-pounding, fast-paced format with split screens and complex interweaving storylines, with 12 episodes representing 24 hours. The suspenseful event series once again follows the exploits of heroic agent JACK BAUER (Sutherland), who will resume his story several years following the events of the final season.

“It’s great to have Jack back. ‘24’ redefined the drama genre, and as we reimagine the television miniseries, this iconic show will again break new ground for the network,” said Reilly. “The series remains a global sensation, and everyone at FOX is thrilled to be back at work with Kiefer, Howard and the incredibly creative ‘24’ team.”

“When Howard came to us saying he had an idea for a new chapter of ‘24,’ he quite simply had us at ‘hello,’” remarked 20th Century Fox Television Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden. “’24’ is a signature series for this studio, beloved by critics and audiences worldwide. Howard’s idea to revive the franchise as an event series couldn’t be timelier, and with the brilliant Kiefer Sutherland on board to reprise his iconic role, we can’t wait to get started.”

Added Imagine Television Chairman Brian Grazer, “I’m both excited and proud that Howard, Kiefer, and I, along with ours partners at 20th and Fox, have this new opportunity to give ‘24’ fans what they’ve been asking for – more Jack Bauer. It’s been my experience that people love Jack Bauer because he’s a guy who cuts through the red tape and gets the hardest things done. I am certain 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY will again have a huge impact on our culture.”

“The response to ‘24’ is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before,” noted Sutherland. “To have the chance to reunite with the character, Jack Bauer, is like finding a lost friend. The story ideas from Howard Gordon are exciting and fresh, and will not disappoint. Great thanks to 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and the FOX network for this opportunity. Make no mistake, my goal is to knock your socks off. See you soon.”

“Jack Bauer has always been an exciting, thrilling character, and I confess that I’ve missed him. I think the audience has too,” said executive producer Howard Gordon who served as showrunner for most of the series’ run and won multiple Emmy Awards for his work. “The character has evolved through the years, and this new and exciting event series format is perfect to tell the next chapter of his story and continue to reflect how the world is changing. Fans can rest assured that the Jack they know and love will be back.”

Originally premiering November 6, 2001, ‘24’ was nominated for a total of 73 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Over eight seasons, Kiefer Sutherland garnered seven Emmy Award nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series. While the series gained global recognition, Sutherland’s portrayal of the legendary character penetrated the American psyche like no other dramatic television character to become part of the cultural lexicon.

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY is a production of 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television in association with Teakwood Lane Productions. Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer and Kiefer Sutherland will executive produce, along with an additional team to be announced. The original series, which had its last American broadcast on May 24, 2010, was created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran.

24: Live Another Day returns in May 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Are you happy with a scaled back TV format or would you still rather see a movie version?
Source: Fox

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7:24PM on 02/23/2014
Thank God somebody finally got their head out of their butt and realized how bad they screwed up taking 24 off the air. and no I don't want it on the big screen where it takes years to put it out. I also want the 24 shows not 12.I loved this show and thrilled that it is coming back, the only thing that would make it better is if Tony was back on the show, after all Dallas did it.
Thank God somebody finally got their head out of their butt and realized how bad they screwed up taking 24 off the air. and no I don't want it on the big screen where it takes years to put it out. I also want the 24 shows not 12.I loved this show and thrilled that it is coming back, the only thing that would make it better is if Tony was back on the show, after all Dallas did it.
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2:59AM on 08/19/2013

OK, i'll be the one who says it...

...instead of "24" the new series should be called "12"! Heck, it could be called 60 Minutes and I would still be excited to see Jack back!!!
...instead of "24" the new series should be called "12"! Heck, it could be called 60 Minutes and I would still be excited to see Jack back!!!
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3:29PM on 05/14/2013
My god I am so fucking excited for this.
My god I am so fucking excited for this.
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11:10AM on 05/14/2013
24 was the first "next-gen" series. Actually the first series which got me into series. Everything before it was "last-gen" (aka very cheaply made etc). 24 changed the whole tv landscape (we're now at the point where tv shows are better than most movies - Breaking Bad *cough*). Can't wait! Hope it will get a real return.
24 was the first "next-gen" series. Actually the first series which got me into series. Everything before it was "last-gen" (aka very cheaply made etc). 24 changed the whole tv landscape (we're now at the point where tv shows are better than most movies - Breaking Bad *cough*). Can't wait! Hope it will get a real return.
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10:59PM on 05/13/2013

YES!!

CAN. NOT. WAIT.
CAN. NOT. WAIT.
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10:55PM on 05/13/2013
Ore-wa JAKKU BO-WAHH!

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Ore-wa JAKKU BO-WAHH!

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8:51PM on 05/13/2013
This is great news! It will be great to have Jack Bauer back gracing our small screens again. Every new season of 24 was like an event. Just so much badassery.

Hopefully they bring back Tony because he was easily the best character next to Jack.
This is great news! It will be great to have Jack Bauer back gracing our small screens again. Every new season of 24 was like an event. Just so much badassery.

Hopefully they bring back Tony because he was easily the best character next to Jack.
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7:58PM on 05/13/2013
Jack Bauer Power Hour!
Jack Bauer Power Hour!
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7:17PM on 05/13/2013

Shorter season ensures more tension

Season 5 was my personal favorite because it honestly left me on the edge of my seat and truly felt like something that could happen within 24-hours. The later seasons, not so much. I hope this isn't some quick grab for reviews and will actually be consistent.
Season 5 was my personal favorite because it honestly left me on the edge of my seat and truly felt like something that could happen within 24-hours. The later seasons, not so much. I hope this isn't some quick grab for reviews and will actually be consistent.
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11:00PM on 05/13/2013
season 5 was awesome, after i heard the rumors of it coming back i started rewatching season 5, man did i miss this show
season 5 was awesome, after i heard the rumors of it coming back i started rewatching season 5, man did i miss this show
11:00PM on 05/13/2013
season 5 was awesome, after i heard the rumors of it coming back i started rewatching season 5, man did i miss this show
season 5 was awesome, after i heard the rumors of it coming back i started rewatching season 5, man did i miss this show
6:26PM on 05/13/2013
only twelve episodes??? DAMN IT!!!!!!!
only twelve episodes??? DAMN IT!!!!!!!
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5:26PM on 05/13/2013

Great for fans, I suppose!

24 was one of those shows that I felt the world loved but I couldn't get myself into. Every episode I saw seemed to be just cut/paste standard political thriller. Nothing happened that caught my attention, and nothing about it was memorable at all. It was so plain that I have no idea why people loved it so much.

But I also sympathize with fans clamoring for their beloved series to come back for a final hurrah, as this happened with Arrested Development (May 26th! :D), so I feel great
24 was one of those shows that I felt the world loved but I couldn't get myself into. Every episode I saw seemed to be just cut/paste standard political thriller. Nothing happened that caught my attention, and nothing about it was memorable at all. It was so plain that I have no idea why people loved it so much.

But I also sympathize with fans clamoring for their beloved series to come back for a final hurrah, as this happened with Arrested Development (May 26th! :D), so I feel great for the fans of 24 :) It felt like the fanbase was split down the middle. Half the fans thought the show had run its course, half thought it still had a story to tell.
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5:11PM on 05/13/2013

Still would've loved a movie

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad we're getting Jack back, I'd much rather this than the character fade into obscurity, and a twelve episode mini-series is a far better idea than getting right back into another 24 (I think it's far to say that that particular format had run its course in the eight seasons), but this is precisely the reason I really really wanted a 24 movie.

At the end of Season 8 I felt like Jack had outgrown television, that he was naturally making his way to the big screen for
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad we're getting Jack back, I'd much rather this than the character fade into obscurity, and a twelve episode mini-series is a far better idea than getting right back into another 24 (I think it's far to say that that particular format had run its course in the eight seasons), but this is precisely the reason I really really wanted a 24 movie.

At the end of Season 8 I felt like Jack had outgrown television, that he was naturally making his way to the big screen for a good series of movies. That he no longer needed drawn out season long episodes, that he now needed a strong, face breaking, plot twisty action franchise to finish the character's legacy. To have him return to the small screen seems anti-climatic. Also it pisses on my box set that has THE FINAL SEASON scrawled across the box art.

That and the subtitle is utterly terrible.

Still...it's definitely better than nothing
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4:30PM on 05/13/2013

Skip the realtime format

Season 1 was the only time they really made the most of the realtime format. When Kim was kidnapped in the first half of the day they were driving for hours and hours and I was thinking how on earth Jack would find them. In later seasons Jack gets anywhere within 15 mins with his helicopter. I don't think anyone even cares if they abandon it as long as we see Jack Bauer kick ass.

Also, having each season set in a 24 hour period restricts the quality of the writing. It's like 5 episodes Jack
Season 1 was the only time they really made the most of the realtime format. When Kim was kidnapped in the first half of the day they were driving for hours and hours and I was thinking how on earth Jack would find them. In later seasons Jack gets anywhere within 15 mins with his helicopter. I don't think anyone even cares if they abandon it as long as we see Jack Bauer kick ass.

Also, having each season set in a 24 hour period restricts the quality of the writing. It's like 5 episodes Jack gets initiated into CTU, the next 5 episodes the government is helping him catch the baddies, the next 5 episodes he goes rogue, 1 or 2 episodes about moles, 1 episode of Kim and then the last few episodes we find out who the main villain is. That's generally the structures of every season since s2.

So skip the realtime format but maybe keep the split screen. By the way I loved Season 2 and season 5. Long live Jack Bauer!
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4:14PM on 05/13/2013
I think a shorter season is a great idea. Already in season two we were seeing way too much filler. I love this show so much, so I'll take it back in whatever form I can get it, but I think a leaner season will work very much in its favor.
I think a shorter season is a great idea. Already in season two we were seeing way too much filler. I love this show so much, so I'll take it back in whatever form I can get it, but I think a leaner season will work very much in its favor.
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3:42PM on 05/13/2013
awww yeahh.

Also, I see "Where is it" and raise you [link]
awww yeahh.

Also, I see "Where is it" and raise you [link]
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3:25PM on 05/13/2013

Just put it on FX....PLEASE!!!

I know Fox will not but I sent them an email stating why they should show this limited series on FX. I think this will be as close to giving 24 a movie as they could possible get. People love mini-series and they buy more many series on bluray and DVD than they do "24 limited series run" just call it a miniseries and put it on FX to give it the freedom it deserves. Make it a 6 week 2 hour series and raise your advertising space so you can gain maximum profit until you release the DVD and
I know Fox will not but I sent them an email stating why they should show this limited series on FX. I think this will be as close to giving 24 a movie as they could possible get. People love mini-series and they buy more many series on bluray and DVD than they do "24 limited series run" just call it a miniseries and put it on FX to give it the freedom it deserves. Make it a 6 week 2 hour series and raise your advertising space so you can gain maximum profit until you release the DVD and Blurays.

The email sounded more eloquent but I think many of you get the jist,
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3:11PM on 05/13/2013
Great news.
Hope Jon Cassar comes back.
Great news.
Hope Jon Cassar comes back.
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3:06PM on 05/13/2013
Hopefully a better send off then season 8
Hopefully a better send off then season 8
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3:06PM on 05/13/2013

Oh YES!

OH GOD YES
OH GOD YES
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3:04PM on 05/13/2013

Happy, happy, happy. Jack!

Any chance they could send him to Benghazi to sort that mess out?
Any chance they could send him to Benghazi to sort that mess out?
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2:56PM on 05/13/2013
Awesome. I was turned off how they changed Jack from a patriot to an out of control killer but I'm hoping there's some redemption for him. 12 eps will be perfect. All story and no filler!!
Awesome. I was turned off how they changed Jack from a patriot to an out of control killer but I'm hoping there's some redemption for him. 12 eps will be perfect. All story and no filler!!
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