May 11, 2013 at 10:40 am #275176
This just in:
“The clock may start ticking again on Fox. I’ve learned that the network is looking to bring back its signature real-time drama 24 as a limited series. Kiefer Sutherland is in talks to reprise his Emmy-winning role as Agent Jack Bauer. No deals are in place, but Fox is eying 24 as part of its recent push in limited event series. Since 24 ended its eight-season run on Fox in 2010, there have been efforts to continue the story as a feature, which ultimately didn’t take off. I hear the idea to do another 24 chapter on TV came from longtime 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, now executive producer on Showtime’s Homeland. I hear he pitched the plan, which would start from scratch with a new story arc, to 24 producers 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine TV as well as Fox, which all jumped on board. Gordon will likely executive produce through his 20th TV-based company Teakwood Lane. In addition to Homeland, Gordon executive produces the newly picked up TNT series Legends and high-profile FX pilot Tyrant, which is being directed by Ang Lee. Sutherland most recently starred on the Fox/20th TV drama Touch, which is being cancelled after two seasons. The original 24 was created by Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran, who executive produced with Gordon, Brian Grazer, Sutherland, Evan Katz and Tony Krantz. At the 2006 Emmys, the show won five Emmys, including best drama series and best actor in a drama series for Sutherland.”
Plus, David Fury, one of the 24 writers has confirmed the series will be 12 episodes long. There are also rumors that they may not be 43 minutes long and might all be feature lenght!
This is a very surprising move indeed by FOX. And it was made precisely on the same day as they canceled Kiefer Sutherland’s other series, “Touch”.
EDIT: FOX will confirm or deny this on monday. Spoiler alert: they will confirm itMay 11, 2013 at 10:58 am #275178
to see a 24 movie, and now it looks like Howard Gordon is set to dominate the TV world…May 11, 2013 at 11:12 am #275179
Seeing as how that film was never able to get off the ground, I’d like to see something close out Jack’s story in a satisfying manner. Season 8 was pretty meh.May 11, 2013 at 11:19 am #275180
Seeing as how that film was never able to get off the ground, I’d like to see something close out Jack’s story in a satisfying manner. Season 8 was pretty meh.
Not the last 8 episodes. But yeah, i see your point.May 11, 2013 at 11:22 am #275181
No. Just, no. You can’t call it ’24’, the show ran its course and was on fumes in its final season. I’d rather have another reality show with Gordon Ramsey than 24.May 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm #275182
[quote=”KeithHarrisonAllison”]Seeing as how that film was never able to get off the ground, I’d like to see something close out Jack’s story in a satisfying manner. Season 8 was pretty meh.
Not the last 8 episodes. But yeah, i see your point.[/quote]The first half of the final season was just as insufferable (Katee Sackhoff, anyone?) as the sixth and seventh seasons, but that second half of the final season was incredible once the writers realized that the series was cancelled. The back-to-back silent clocks that Anil Kapoor and Renee got in the sixteenth and seventeenth episode, Jack going rogue and shooting up a mall, Jack halting traffic in his Iron Man getup to kidnap President Logan and Jack saying goodbye to Chloe were harrowing moments and storylines, while Cherry Jones gave the best female performance on television that I have seen in years. I would have given Brad Turner the directing win that year for the series finale.
I do not need the show to come back, but unlike the return of Arrested Development which seems entirely unnecessary because that series ended perfectly and has nowhere to go but down from the quality of the first three seasons, 24 was always expected to return in some capacity even during the final season and it already has a tarnished reputation, so if the new season fails, it will be easy to lump it in with most of its last three seasons.
Commercial broadcast network television really sucks these days, so if they are going to bring it back, I say why not go all the way and just bring it back for a twenty-four-episode ninth season? The eighth season bounced around between a 2.1 and a 3.9 in the key demographic, the latter of which networks would kill for just three years later and the former of which they would be perfectly satisfied. It averaged a 2.8 for May sweeps.May 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm #275183
I actually do agree that they picked up in the last half. Bringing back Gregory Itzin marvelously helped things out (it’s a shame that the man had to go up against John Lithgow in Guest Actor that year). It would be a stretch for me to say that the finale itself was all that great (all I could think of was how sad it was that Reed Diamond got shafted so unceremoniously), but it did leave me wanting more.
My greatest hope would be that they introduce some really interesting characters to the 13-episode run, as I feel like the show has struggled with keeping them around in the last few years. I thought it was a shame to lose Bill Buchanan and Larry Moss in Season 7 (what the heck, Tony). Anil Kapoor and Renee became pretty great characters in the final season, which made their deaths pretty impactful, but with the atrocious Dana Walsh and the oddly flat Cole Ortiz. Also, I found it peculiar how the only characters to appear in every episode of the season were Jack, Chloe, Cole and Arlo Glass, yet Arlo never seemed to have much of an arc or contribution to the plot, at least not in the last few episodes.May 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm #275184
I’m all for this. Bring back Jack!May 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm #275185
Uhhh… No thanks.May 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm #275186
I’m obviously excited for this.
Here’s hoping they have a solid supporting cast and an exciting storyline for the limited series.May 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm #275187
This reeks of desperation.May 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm #275188
This reeks of desperation.
Very much this.May 11, 2013 at 5:55 pm #275189
I thought the series ended quite well. It’s tough to wrap a show in this kind of format, but I thought they did a good job. Well, I HATED that they killed off Renee, which just seemed like a move to clear the way for Jack to be “unattached” for the movie, but it was a solid ending.
That being said, I wouldn’t mind them revisiting the show. But only if it’s done well. This show was very hit and miss over 8 seasons. I’d want it to be like season 2, 5, or 7. The rest…Not so much. But I think they would put a lot of effort into making it great. I don’t really get how the 13 episode thing would work since it wouldn’t be 24 hours, but we’ll see.
I’m still not sold this will actually happen. How many times has the movie almost happened?May 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm #275190
[quote=”SaraER”]This reeks of desperation.
Very much this.[/quote]
This reeks of Fox desperate to find something for Kiefer to do now that they wasted one of the biggest stars in the network’s history on a bad cancelled Tim Kring show.May 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm #275191
If this limited series (season 9?) avoids the pitfalls of some of the earlier seasons, the whole of Season 6, and the 1st half of Season 8, then it may work. With 12 episodes, they can avoid the filler and focus only on the characters and plots that matter. No cougar plot, no Dana Walsh plot etc. And yes, Sutherland needs to have an excellent cast to work with. As great as Sutherland is, 24 works best when he has excellent actors to play off of. Season 5 is the premiere example, with Gregory Itzin and Jean Smart turning in Emmy-worthy performances as Charles and Martha Logan, as well as excellent supporting players like Peter Weller, Glenn Morshower, and the invaluable Mary Lynn Rajskub. Season 7 had the great additions of Cherry Jones, Annie Wersching, and Jon Voight, and even saw series-best work from long-time regulars Carlos Bernard and Elisha Cuthbert. And of course, Season 1 had Dennis Haysbert, Penny Johnson Jerald, Sarah Clarke, and Xander Berkeley, all of whom nailed their roles. So, I’m cautiously optimistic.