There has been a LOT of exciting talk in the past few days about the reported television return of the beloved action/drama series 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland as CTU agent/superhero Jack Bauer … and today we learn some really great OFFICIAL NEWS. It was suggested that 24 might return as a limited, 13 episode series IF Sutherland agreed to reprise his role. Fox has announced today, officially, that Kiefer has signed on to play Jack Bauer again in a new version of 24 that will feature only 13 episodes. The show will be titled 24: Live Another Day. According to the press release, which you can read in full below, the show will feature 24 hours of action in a compressed 13-episode timeframe. HMMM.
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 announcement was made this morning by Kevin Reilly, Chairman, Fox Broadcasting Company; Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen, Twentieth Century Fox Television; and Brian Grazer, Chairman, Imagine Entertainment.
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.”
HOLY SHIZZ!!! I’ll take it!!! Of course I would LOVE for the series to return with a full 24 episode run but … the fact that it is returning at all is TOO FREAKING EXCITING FOR WORDS! As I guessed, I’m assuming that this new 12 episode run of 24 will feature episodes that pick up every other hour. So, for example, the premiere episode may start out something like: “The following takes place between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM“. The more I think about it, the more I realize that condensing 2 hours of action per episode will feel pretty natural … we’ll get to enjoy the full season of action in half the time. I’m dying. DY-ING! We know that Kiefer Sutherland has signed on for 24‘s return … but how about the other 24 actors we love so dearly? I KNOW they better bring back Mary Lynn Rajskub to reprise her role as Chloe O’Brian. Maybe she’ll return as President O’Brian?! OMG. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS SHOW TO RETURN!! THANK YOU TV GODS, WE ARE NOT WORTHY!!!