The answer to the question of whether "24" could return to Fox is now an unequivocal "yes."
Fox's Chairman of Entertainment, Kevin Reilly, confirmed to press during a conference call on Monday that Kiefer Sutherland's Agent Jack Bauer is back in an event series that'll run over 12 weeks.
As had been previously reported, there was much talk surrounding a "24" movie, but, Reilly said, the creative team "all agreed that '24' compressed into two hours is not '24.'" But with Fox's new mission to run event programming, "a lightbulb went off for [former executive producer] Howard Gordon," Reilly said. "This is the perfect form."
Called "24: Live Another Day," the episodes would "go in chronological order of the day, but skip hours," Reilly said, as "dictated by the plot."
The plan is to air "24: Live Another Day" in early May 2014, and have it run through the summer to lead into Fox's other event program, M. Night Shyamalan's "Wayward Pines" starring Matt Dillon.
In other news, Fox also presented its fall 2013 schedule, which includes three new comedies and two new dramas. The schedule below for the fall season includes new shows, complete with descriptions, in bold:
8:00-9:00 p.m. - "Bones" (fall)/"Almost Human" (late fall): "Starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, the new series is an action-packed police drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids."
9:00-10:00 p.m. - "Sleepy Hollow": "What if you suddenly woke up from the throes of death 250 years in the future to find the world is on the brink of destruction, caused by unimaginable events, and you are humanity’s last hope? Welcome to 'Sleepy Hollow,' the thrilling new mystery-adventure drama from co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (“Star Trek” and “Transformers” franchises, “Fringe”). In this modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers."
8:00-8:30 p.m. - "Dads": "This new multi-camera comedy series follows two successful guys – and childhood best friends – Eli (Seth Green) and Warner (Giovanni Ribisi), now in their mid-30s, whose relatively stable lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck patriarchs move in."
8:30-9:00 p.m. - "Brooklyn Nine-Nine": "Detective Jake Perlata (Andy Samberg) is a good enough cop that he’s never had to work that hard or follow the rules too closely. ... That is, until the precinct gets a new commanding officer, Captain Ray Holt (Braugher), who reminds this hotshot cop to respect the badge."
9:00-9:30 p.m. - "New Girl"
9:30-10:00 p.m. - "The Mindy Project"
8:00-10:00 p.m. - "The X Factor"
8:00-9:00 p.m. - "The X Factor: Results"
9:00-10:00 p.m. - "Glee"
8:00-9:00 p.m. - "Junior Masterchef": "Move over grown-ups ... the kids are taking over the kitchen! 'Junior Masterchef' (working title) is a new culinary competition series for talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 who love to cook. Based on the hugely successful U.K. and Australian format, the series extends the 'Masterchef' brand in the U.S. to include a younger group of aspiring masterchefs."
9:00-10:00 p.m. - "Sleepy Hollow" (Encore)
8:00-9:00 p.m. - "Bones"
9:00-9:30 p.m. - "Raising Hope"
9:30-10:00 p.m. - "Enlisted": "An irreverent but heartfelt single-camera comedy about three brothers on a small Florida Army base and the group of misfits who surround them. Charming, funny and a natural-born leader, Sergeant Pete Hill (Geoff Stults) was on a path for a huge military career until one mistake overseas got him booted stateside to Fort McGee, the base in Florida where his two younger brothers are stationed. Now, as head of their platoon, Pete must serve both as big brother and military boss. Corporal Derrick Hill (Chris Lowell) is the middle brother – smart and sarcastic, he likes to stir up trouble and doesn’t really care about being a soldier. Private Randy Hill (Parker Young), on the other hand, loves it."
8:00-8:30 p.m. - "The Simpsons"
8:30-9:00 p.m. - "Bob's Burgers"
9:00-9:30 p.m. "Family Guy"
9:30-10:00 p.m. - "American Dad"
tomorrow morning kiefer and i will talk and we are going out also at some point...
that enviroment is not good for people who want too be friends.
I'm doing what i want...because its the right thing too do......crashing is your game it ain't mine....
you have done enough and in huge trouble but because i am a good person you wll survive.
i don't have time for these plain jane hackers i have rehearsal...
however i cannot wait too see kiefer on the tube again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i am so happy about this reunion...
it will be so much fun–
i love this show...
its the truth Kiefer's girls are all thick....truth!!!!
Kiefer is hot...gotta see this show!!!!
This show needs too happen....soon
i'd love to fool around with kiefer he's into thick women with huge breasts...truth
is the bomb!!!! i hope this show returns!!!!
He's got a bomb! Get down on the ground now!
I betting that at some point Jack will go rogue.
I don't mind taking the occasional dump in my pants.
i saw him recently he is bald now.
... O P
Not banging al, he does want me though–i can be a little picky about who gets my cootch...the W awaits for the ole madge..
Yay.....bye all have a fun afternoon!!!!!
YOU HAVE MADE MY YEAR....THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
One thank you would have been sufficient, Traci. Now you're just being BORING.
Uhh where is The Following in the schdule????????!!!!!!!
i wish i was like you
i love this show.
"24" is ok, but the rest of the schedule is utter rubbish. Especially New Girl and The Mindy Project.
not a problem as long he shuts up
FACT: PLEASE JACK THIS TIME ON "24" LEARN HOW TO FIGHT AND NOT GET CAUGHT...ALRIGHT ALREADY....
my hair won't frizz for my interview.
Nancy, this is the fall schedule. The Following will likely be back in January like it premiered this year. Thats how 24 was too.
All I have to say is "YAY"! 24 was a great series. Jack is back!
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My husband and I are very happy about 24! We loved that show and were so sad to see it go. Can't wait to see what the screen writers have planned for us all. Will Chloe be back? You can't have 24 without her and of course Jack!
You and your hubby are morons.
You and hubby can do it doggie style, and both see the TV. How nice.
Awesome news!!!! Now well have a great show and entertainment back on TV. Jack is back! 24 is still one of the best shows ever and now fans have something to look forward to. Dink Dink Dink Dink the clock is ticking for the return!
WHERE IS THE FOLLOWING ON THIS SCHEDULE?????????????
Didn't watch 24 the 1st time around. Doubt I will this time either.
Uh, yeah, thanks for the contribution of something nobody cares about.
It was pretty good overall. You should give it a try, it's available on Netflix and I believe Hulu.
Nest news ever that 24 is coming back. I love Kiefer as Jack Bauer. Although he doesn't make a bad Martin Baum, as Jack Bauer he gets to kick ass.
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