Earlier this summer, we learned that the Jack Bauer power hour would return with a revival of the action drama series “24” in the form of a limited series TV event called “24: Live Another Day.” Kiefer Sutherland is back as the grizzled hero and showrunner Howard Gordon is also returning, but the real-time format of the show is gone with only 12-episodes spanning the event. However, one more familiar element of “24” is back.
At Fox’s TCA panel it was announced that Mary Lynn Rajskub will reprise her role as Bauer’s feisty, techno-sidekick Chloe O’Brian. She said:
“I am thrilled to be working with Howard and the writers again — and, of course, Kiefer! There’s a lot more room to grow in my character. I’m going to start sharpening my computer skills now!”
As for any other returning cast members from the original series, Chairman of Entertainment for Fox Kevin Reilly said, “I’m pretty sure that will be it for returning cast, but there are several new characters joining.” Reilly also talked about the series return and how the 12-episode format will actually work in favor of the quality. He says:
“I just sat with the team yesterday and heard the ideas. Everybody came in with a new vibrancy. The 12 episode format, Howard [Gordon] has always said, he always had 12 great ones, it was the next 12 that used to kill them.”
The real-time constraints did gradually make it clear to fans when the writers had to fill time or create a weaker subplot in order to allow progress in the larger story arc and give certain characters enough time to go through the plot’s motions. Reilly points out that this new format makes things easier, especially since Bauer will be heading into some sort of international setting. Though we’re still waiting to hear what kind of conflict Bauer gets caught up in this time.
It’s no surprise that fans and Fox are excited about the return of Jack Bauer in “24: Live Another Day,” especially after the original series was nominated for a total of 73 Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Plus, Kiefer Sutherland landed seven Emmy nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Fans have been hungry for more “24” since the series went off the air in 2010, and while a movie was developing in the years following, it sounds like this is replacing those plans for the time being. We might even get more shortened seasons if this one proves successful.
“24: Live Another Day” is scheduled to debut in the summer of 2014 on Fox. Stay tuned for more.
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