Emmys upheaval: ’24’, Kiefer Sutherland will not compete till 2015

Jack Bauer always gets want he wants, but that won’t be the case with this year’s Emmy Awards. Fox officials confirmed Friday that the miniseries “24: Live Another Day” won’t be eligible this year as it won’t air enough of its 12 episodes before the May 31 deadline.

The 2006 Emmy champ returns on May 5 but will only have aired four installments prior to the end of the month. To qualify for Emmy consideration, half (six) of the episodes would have to be screened. Other series have gotten around this requirement by streaming them online prior to the deadline, while airing them after but Fox has chosen to wait till next year. With HBO’s “True Detectivefar ahead in the newly reinstated Miniseries race, this looks like a smart move. 

Kiefer Sutherland starred as government operative Jack Bauer for eight seasons and reaped six consecutive bids for Best Drama Actor, winning on his fifth try in 2006. That was a good night for him, as he also shared in the show’s win for Best Drama Series, which came on the last of its five nominations.  Over its eight-year run, “24” won 20 of its 68 Emmy bids.

The upcoming miniseries is set in London and will reunite fans with Sutherland, fan favorite Mary Lynn Rajskub as tech wiz Chloe O’Brian, Kim Raver as Bauer’s former love interest Audrey Raines, and her father James Heller (William Devane), who is now president.

New cast members include Benjamin Bratt, Tate Donovan, Michelle Fairley, and Yvonne Strahovski. The plot centers on an exiled Bauer coming out of hiding in England to head off a massive terrorist attack. Once in the open, President Heller sends American forces to hunt him down.

With “24” no longer in the race, what are the closest rivals to “True Detective,” which stars newly minted Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and past Emmy champ Woody Harrelson

Among those miniseries in contention are: “American Horror Story: Coven” (Jessica Lange), “Dancing on the Edge” (Chiwetel Ejiofor), “Fargo” (Billy Bob Thornton), “Klondike” (Richard Madden), “Sherlock” (Benedict Cumberbatch), and “The White Queen” (Rebecca Ferguson).

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