Sorry, ’24: Live Another Day’ fans: Jack won’t be back at Emmys until 2015

Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is finally back on TV after four years in new miniseries “24: Live Another Day” but it’ll be another long year until the show will be recognized by the Emmys.

As we reported back in March, Fox confirmed that this new miniseries won’t air enough episodes within the current Emmy eligibility period (which ends May 31), and thus will have to compete at the 2015 Emmys intead.

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The original “24” series polarized Emmy voters during its series run on Fox between 2001 and 2010. The first five seasons were all nominated for Best Drama Series, culminating with a series win and a Best Actor victory for Sutherland in 2006 for its masterful fifth season. (Watch the Emmy speeches here.)

However, beginning with Season 6 in 2007, the show was snubbed in the top Emmy race and never received another Best Drama nomination. Many fans and critics agreed with the Emmys’ decision, saying that the show lost its luster after Season 5 and never regained its magical touch.

First look: Kiefer Sutherland returns in ’24: Live Another Day’

Will “24: Live Another Day” follow a similar trajectory at the Emmys? Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a year to find out.

Potential 2015 Emmy nominations for “24” in the TV Miniseries categories will be four actors reprising their original series roles — Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, William Devane and Kim Raver — as well as new acting contenders Benjamin Bratt, Tate Donovan, Michelle Fairley and Yvonne Strahovski.

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