24: Live Another Day (Fox): Jack Bauer is back, baby!

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24 had debuted on 2001. With 9/11 still fresh in America’s collective memory, it preyed on the prevalent anxiety and fear. Some would say it was propaganda by the American government. Kiefer Sutherland 24 Live Another Day PosterBut that’s not the only legacy of the show. Today we’re seeing a deluge of TV shows trying to be cinematic in their scope, but it was 24 that truly started the trend and set a benchmark. The show lasted for 8 seasons, each season having 24 episodes which covered a day in the life of CTU agent Jack Bauer. Kiefer Sutherland received movie star-level fame. The real-time gimmick was unprecedented for its time, and made other networks innovate, instead of relying on the same old procedurals.

And staying ahead of the curve like always, 24 has again surprised everyone by doing something unexpected and unusual. It’s coming back for a miniseries, set in London, titled 24: Live Another Day. Will this again set a trend for popular shows coming back for an encore? Well, it has already started. NBC is coming up with a Heroes miniseries. So, will we soon see what Ben and Hurley are up to, or what Jesse Pinkman is doing, or if Tony Soprano isn’t dead after all?

The miniseries is based on a concept by Howard Gordon, who said in a press release:

Jack Bauer has always been an exciting, thrilling character, and I confess that I’ve missed him. I think the audience has too. 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.

Sutherland, who’ll executive produce the show, added:

The response to ‘24’ is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before. 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.

24: Live Another Day Plot

The series will take place four years after the events of Season 8. Jack is now a fugitive, being hunted by James Heller, who is now the United States President. The team assigned to track him includes CIA head Steve Navarro, CIA agent Kate Morgan, field operative Erik Ritter, and Jordan Reed, the tech guy who’ll hack into cars by typing on the keyboard too fast.

Bauer is forced to come out of exile due to an imminent threat of a terrorist attack in London, that could change the world forever. You know, like any major terrorist attack. He’s helped by the brilliant systems analyst Chloe O’Brian, who was last seen being arrested by the FBI in season 8 DVD.

24: Live Another Day Premiere

It’ll premiere with a two-hour episode on May 5, 2014, on Fox, at 8/7c. The rest of the season will have ten episodes. The premiere will be directed by Jon Cassar.

24: Live Another Day Cast & Characters

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer

Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O’Brian

Kim Raver as Audrey Boudreau

William Devane as President James Heller

Michael Wincott as Adrian Cross

Gbenga Akinnagbe as Erik Ritter

Yvonne Strahovski as Kate Morgan

Benjamin Bratt as Steve Navarro

Tate Donovan as Mark Boudreau

Stephen Fry as Trevor Davies, the Prime Minister of UK.

Colin Salmon as General Coburn

Michelle Fairley as Margot

24: Live Another Day Pictures

24: Live Another Day Trailers and Promos


Reasons to watch

With twists and turns at every step, 24 is anything but boring. If you want edge-of-the-seat, suspenseful, action-packed thrillers, then 24 is as good as it gets. Why would you want to miss the chance to see Hollywood level action on television?

Reasons to skip

With 8 seasons, I think we’ve already seen Bauer way too much. I hope this is the last Bauer story, and Fox moves on from him to make newer shows. And if they’re so keen on bringing back old shows then they should start with Firefly.