Kiefer Sutherland’s calendar has been cleared with the cancelation of “Touch” which means he is free to fill the shoes of Jack Bauer once again. The return of “24” to Fox was the idea of produced Howard Gordon, despite his involvement in producing the ShowTime hit “Homeland”. The show comes back with a new title: 24: Live Another Day, (Does that ring a James Bond bell to anyone?)
The show will be brought back for a 12-episode limited run. The series will pick up where the finale left off, so die hard viewers can refresh their memories and new enthusiasts can catch up before the series premieres next summer.
Sutherland is pumped, and explained, “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 … Make no mistake, my goal is to knock your socks off. See you soon.”
Sutherland might be just as excited as Gordon, who said, “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.”
Gordon has his hands full with both shows, and a commencement speech at Connecticut College’s graduation, but he was the brains behind “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The X-Files” so we think he can handle it.