13 May 2013

[Update] Jack is Back - 24 Returns For 12 New Episodes

Come May 2014, Kiefer Sutherland (a.k.a Jack Bauer) will be back as an agent of the Counter Terrorist Unit, as he races against time to stop various terrorist plots. Kevin Reilley the broadcasting chief at Fox announced that 24 will be returning in 2014 via his twitter account.

But this time the season (ninth) will consist only of 12 episodes according to Brian Stelter of The New York Times. This is a big deviation from its longstanding format, where each hour-long episode represents an hour in realtime. It was the unique approach of "real time"that had caught the attention of the public back in 2001 when the show began.

Fox plans to switch things up for Jack Bauer's ninth day-long adventure. "What they'll be able to do is go in chronological order of the day, but skip hours," Reilly said. That means each hour viewers see will still be "real time," but 24's writers will be able to tell a tighter, more engrossing narrative. Apparently that idea came fromshowrunner Howard Gordon, who told Reilly that each 24-episode season of the show ultimately contained about 12 episodes of compelling storyline.

Reilly says the show is likely to return to Fox at some point in May 2014.

Update: According to Zap2It the 12 episode series will be called "24: Live Another Day"

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