Monday, January 13, 2014
Start the countdown!
Fox announced today that 24: Live Another Day (doesn't that sound like a James Bond movie title?) will premiere May 5 at 8 p.m. with a two-hour episode. Once again, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) will be barking threats and orders like no one's business in the 12-episode series, which takes place in London four years after the series ended with Jack vanishing into the wind and Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) choking back tears.
Jack, still a fugitive on the run finds himself --what else? -- trying to stop another terrorist threat. Man, that kind of nasty business really follow him around. If Jack had a family and took them to Disneyland for vacation, odds are shady guys with funny last names who spoke very little English would probably be at the park that day, too, trying to blow it up.
Joining the cast is Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter) as Kate Morgan, an impulsive, but brilliant CIA agent on Jack's trail. Hmmmm....that character description almost sounds like Homeland's bipolar Carrie Mathinson.
Sutherland admitted he's a little nervous about returning to play Jack. He shouldn't. I'm sure it took Sutherland as much time to slip back into character as he does for him to yell, "Where's the bomb?"
While Fox only brought back the series -- one of TV' all-time best -- for a dozen episodes, if Live Another Day does well, the network is open to bringing back Jack for more terrorist chasing badassness.
Kevin D. Thompson writes news stories and features on Lake Worth and Greenacres for The Palm Beach Post. He has more than 30 years of newspaper and magazine experience as a writer, editor, reporter and blogger. Kevin joined the Post in January 1996 as an entertainment writer. He was the paper's television critic for 12 years (1996-2008) and theater critic for one (2008-2009). He also covered higher education and the Palm Beach County School District. Before joining The Palm Beach Post, Kevin covered entertainment extensively and wrote celebrity profiles for such newspapers and magazines as the New York Daily News, the New York Post and Essence while working as a freelance writer.