Jack Bauer Will Return in ’24: Live Another Day’ TV Event

By May 13, 2013

The FOX series “24” served as a cathartic experience for the American public in the aftermath of 9/11. We couldn’t stop Osama bin Laden and his cronies from committing a massive terrorist attack on American soil, but we sure as hell could watch Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer counter-terrorist agent character foil countless plots that threatened our nation in the eight seasons the show was on the air.

“24” went off the air almost exactly three years ago in May of 2010, and talks of a feature film adaptation have been tossed around ever since. But the writers could never figure out how to break down the 24 hour real-time structure storytelling method the show used into a two hour movie. The film ultimately never came to pass, but now TV Line is reporting that we will get one more chance to see Jack Bauer kick some terrorist ass: FOX has greenlit a 12-episode limited event called “24: Live Another Day” which will air in May of 2014.

FOX Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly spoke to reporters today and confirmed the story:

“[It’s] 24 compressed over 12 weeks. It will go chronologically over the day, but it will skip hours. It will be dictated by the plot…[The producers realized that] 24 compressed into two hours is not 24…The spine of the original 24 episodes was about 12 hours. Those were when the big events occurred, and then there were little events and connective tissue in between. So [we’re] taking the best 12 [of the 24].”

Resurrections like this are rare, but not completely new: “Arrested Development” is about to experience rebirth thanks to Netflix, and “The Killing” was cancelled by AMC in 2012 but then renewed at the last minute, starting a new season this summer. With Netflix being seen as the go-to place for dead shows to find new life, it’s interesting that a traditional broadcast network like FOX is bringing back one of their own shows after a few year absence. Could this signal the beginning of a new movement by the major networks? Is a “LOST” follow-up in the cards at ABC, or maybe a “Friends” reunion on the way at NBC? Only time will tell, but I’m guessing all eyes will be on “24: Live Another Day” when it comes to TV this time next year. For now, though, my eyes (and hopefully yours) will be on this ridiculous video compilation of Jack Bauer demanding to know where things are:

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