24 Will Return with 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, a 12-Episode Limited Series Set for May 2014

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24 almost seems like a relic in 2013.  It was perfectly in tune with the neo-con zeitgeist when it came to dealing with the War on Terror.  Specifically, “If the suspect doesn’t give you information, torture him or her some more.”  The show also wasn’t very good, but it still managed to run eight seasons.  We previously reported that Fox was considering bringing Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) back for a limited series, which would be the only way to see the character again since in March we learned that the 24 movie wasn’t going to happen.  Today, Fox has announced that 24 is set to return to Fox next May for a 12-episode limited series entitled, 24: Live Another Day.  If it’s really the same show, shouldn’t it be titled, “12: Live Another Day“?

I’m curious to see where Jack Bauer fits in when it comes to the age of drone strikes.  Then again, after the Boston bombings, Bauer may be relevant again.  The show was almost born out of 9/11, and with a recent terrorist attack, some viewers may want to take comfort in a hard-charging special agent who has a gun in one hand and a PDA in the other.  Hit the jump for the press release.

24-live-another-day-kiefer-sutherlandHere’s the press release:

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 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.”

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.




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  • Jack

    “….DAMN IT CHLOE!”

  • Person

    The first few seasons were great, but after 4 or 5 they got a too repetitive, redundant, and forgettable. I don’t even remember the last couple aside from Anil Kapoor being in the final season. Here’s hoping they bring it back to its full glory.

  • #goldiloxneedsgobyebye

    The neocon zeitgeist and wasn’t any good. The last few weren’t hence it going away. Before that the ratings seem to stand in the way “wasn’t any good” posit. When your left and close minded, it’s fun to pull zeitgeist out of the lexicon and you have no idea- no one does or ever did- what “neocon” is. I dont come to this site for small minded political commentary! In the name of all that is good and holy would someone please yank Goldilocks here of posting duties. I cringe everytime I see his name on anything. Love this site and his commentary kills the mood every single time!!

  • Frankie Hollywood

    This show kicked some major ass for a looooong time. But yeah, the last few seasons, meh! For me, Tony coming “back to life” is when the show jumped the shark. Always liked Tony, but dead should be dead – not “implied” dead.

    And I’ll always see Dennis Haysbert as the President.

    Glad it’s coming back, even just for a little while.

  • Andy

    “The show also wasn’t very good”

    Burn in hell Goldberg, 24 is a masterpiece

  • T-800 Solo

    Season 1,2,5, and 7 were the best. I didn’t see 7+8 for a couple years because season 6 just killed the show for me. But I ended up LOVING season 7. The switch of location, lighting style, new characters, return of a series favorite character really helped things. The fact that they had time to plan out the whole season because of the writers strike really helped. Season 8, which I didn’t like at all, was almost a repeat of season 4. Last 6 episodes have a old president coming into help the newer president with Jack ending up on the run in the last episode.

    • ikkf

      I thought Season 1 was the best by far. I think they shot it before they had a network, so it had a nice low-budget look that made it gritty. Plus, the writers were able to integrate his whole family into the plot. Afterward, when they had a major network financing it, the look became polished and glossy and it lost some of that grittiness.

      The writers in subsequent seasons became constrained by the 24-hour story format, which is why the show became predictable. But the last 5 episodes of the last season were great because the writers were able to let loose again.

    • STFUcrime

      (SPOILERS!) Seasons 1-4 were the best with 5-8 ranging from pretty good to okay. 5 was the strongest of seasons 5-8 but it was quite dull with the scenes of Logan and his wife. And it killed off almost every great character, leaving a completely diminished cast and no real replacements. That’s why the following seasons lacked, they only had Jack and Chloe, the latter of whom was good in an ensemble but irritating without Michelle, Tony etc. to drown her out sometimes.

    • STFUcrime

      (SPOILERS!) Seasons 1-4 were the best with 5-8 ranging from pretty good to okay. 5 was the strongest of seasons 5-8 but it was quite dull with the scenes of Logan and his wife. And it killed off almost every great character, leaving a completely diminished cast and no real replacements. That’s why the following seasons lacked, they only had Jack and Chloe, the latter of whom was good in an ensemble but irritating without Michelle, Tony etc. to drown her out sometimes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lorena.sanzvallas Lorena Sanz Vallas

    Matt, you’re wrong. 24 is a series that treats its audience like adults and talks about complex issues such as the limits of the war against terrorism and the price charged to people struggling in that war, without being condescending or patronizing. But please don’t let your prejudices clouds your judgment, okay?

  • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

    Typically Goldberg, blatant contempt for the material he’s paid to cover and a perspective completely out of touch with the readers of this blog.

    In an article where he quotes a press release which says, ” ‘24’ was nominated for a total of 73 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006,” he’s perfectly comfortable to flippantly declare, “The show also wasn’t very good,” without explanation.

    Just contrast how Frosty writes about something versus how Goldberg writes about anything. Frosty clearly loves his job because he loves the movies he covers. Goldberg hates the majority of the movies he has to watch and TV shows he writes about.

    Why does Goldberg write for Collider?

    • Haha

      He probably gets some sort of joy from reading comments like this.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        You’re probably right. :(

  • Lance

    Where’s that guy who kept demanding a 24 movie anytime there was a post about some action movie? Surely he’s got to be happy about this!

    • Northern Star

      I’m here and DAMN excited too, thanks for asking! Yeah, I wanted a ’24′ movie like gangbusters, but so did many people, it was FOX nickle-and-diming that project that killed it… although from what Kevin Reilly and Howard Gordon said about the movie – that trying to condense ’24′ into a two-hour movie isn’t really ’24′, I still respectfully disagree with that assessment (I think with the right script and a tight cut, it would work brilliantly but that’s just my humble opinion) but I’m not going to argue, they know what they’re doing, I’m just a viewing fan – I’m not really worried now anyway, it’s in good hands, and we’re going to get more Jack Bauer doing what Jack Bauer does best… and for that, I’m a happy, happy camper right now!

    • Northern Star

      I’m here and DAMN excited too, thanks for asking! Yeah, I wanted a ’24′ movie like gangbusters, but so did many people, it was FOX nickle-and-diming that project that killed it… although from what Kevin Reilly and Howard Gordon said about the movie – that trying to condense ’24′ into a two-hour movie isn’t really ’24′, I still respectfully disagree with that assessment (I think with the right script and a tight cut, it would work brilliantly but that’s just my humble opinion) but I’m not going to argue, they know what they’re doing, I’m just a viewing fan – I’m not really worried now anyway, it’s in good hands, and we’re going to get more Jack Bauer doing what Jack Bauer does best… and for that, I’m a happy, happy camper right now!

  • Tiago Andrade

    Geez, will Goldberg every write a post without passive-aggressively criticizing whatever he’s writing about?

    Anyway, this news kinda proves that Fox is willing to have Kiefer Sutherland paying their bills for some more years. But Jack is back to kick some more asses, so I guess it’s worth after all.

  • Travis Vang

    It’s exciting to think that 24 will return to TV, if only for a limited run. That being said, I really liked Touch, and I’m bummed that it’s been canceled. The summer premiere will be perfect filler until the fall premieres, but I’m not going to be home to watch because I will be travelling a lot for my job at DISH this summer. Thankfully I’ll still be able to keep up with 24: Live Another Day on my iPad. Whenever I have downtime on the road; I’ll be able to watch the show on my iPad by using the DISH Anywhere app which can stream my DVR’d shows to me wherever I have internet access available.

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