In many ways 24 and Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer will always be synonymous with the post 9:11 United States. It was the ultimate ticking bomb experiment for viewers. When the show wasn’t putting Jack’s daughter at the mercy of a bobcat or revealing moles inside of federal agencies, it was showing the worst of the new terrorist driven world. Jack Bauer was Captain America born out of a pessimistic America.
As the memories of 9:11 faded, so did 24. The shows constant ticking bombs eventually wore out the audience, and Jack fled into the darkness. Tonight he returns to Fox in an all new season of the show, titled 24: Live Another Day, but this time he’s far from home. Jack’s still trying to stop a terrorist act from changing the world, but doing it in London, England. Placing Jack outside of the USA is a smart move for a show in need of a reboot.
The other smart move by Fox and the show’s producers was cutting the episode number from 24 to 12. That means each episode will be two hours of the story instead of one. While the show’s gimmick was following Jack in real time, the story will be helped by streamlining the episodes. Fox has a trailer for tonight’s premiere that gets viewers primed for the return of Jack.
Here’s the comprehensive description of the show from Fox.
Set and shot in London, the suspenseful event series once again will follow the exploits of heroic agent JACK BAUER (Sutherland). Four years ago, Jack was a fugitive from justice. Now an exile, he nevertheless is willing to risk his life and freedom to avert yet another global disaster. Tracking Jack are CIA head STEVE NAVARRO (Benjamin Bratt, “Law & Order”); CIA agent KATE MORGAN (Yvonne Strahovski, “Dexter”), who is both resourceful and ruthless; JORDAN REED (Giles Matthey, “Jobs”), a smart and sophisticated CIA computer tech; and ERIK RITTER (Gbenga Akinnagbe, “The Wire”), a sharp, strong and arrogant field operative. Calling the shots is JAMES HELLER (William Devane, “The Dark Knight Rises”), now President of the United States. Heller is flanked by his Chief of Staff MARK BOUDREAU (Tate Donovan, “Damages”), who is married to Heller’s daughter – Jack’s former flame, AUDREY (Kim Raver, “Revolution”). Meanwhile, a hardened CHLOE O’BRIAN (Mary Lynn Rajskub, “Firewall”), Bauer’s CTU confidante, is now working underground with high-profile hacker ADRIAN CROSS (Michael Wincott, “The Crow”).
Date: Monday, May 5th
Episode Title: 24: Live Another Day
Start Time: 8:00 pm ET
Online Stream: Fox.com