'24: Live Another Day' ends strong, but what does the future hold?
July 15th, 2014
03:09 PM ET

'24: Live Another Day' ends strong, but what does the future hold?

The finale for Fox's "24: Live Another Day" was super grim, but the good news is that Jack Bauer's story may not end there.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, showrunners Manny Coto and Evan Katz are open to the possibility of bringing Bauer to TV once again.

The idea at one time may have seemed impossible, but Fox has pulled off a successful run with its event series, "24: Live Another Day." The 12-episode plot picked up four years after "24's" end in 2010, and brought back Kiefer Sutherland as counterterrorism agent Bauer, now a fugitive in London. While some were skeptical of Fox's reboot, hardcore fans were thrilled - and they showed their excitement by turning up for Monday's conclusion.

The last episode was watched by 6.5 million viewers, and had a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 - a nice boost from the penultimate episode. Surely that'll help if Fox ever decides to give Bauer another go.

As for Coto and Katz, all they really need is the right tale.

"All it really takes is a story that fires us up. That's what got us excited about doing this season," Coto told THR. "I think what would draw us back if that were ever to happen – and that's definitely up in the air – would be we or somebody presents an interesting take on Jack, on Jack's character, and where he is, which would suggest a great season."

To be clear, no one's talking about more "24" at the moment, but at the very least the character ended the event series still alive. At one point, Bauer dying with the end of "Live Another Day" was a consideration, executive producer Howard Gordon told Deadline.

"We certainly tried out a lot of different endings and we rearranged the furniture every which way in the room," Gordon said. “So we knew what it looked like for other characters to have met with different ends and we tried them all on, up to and including Jack himself. This has always been a show that is really about the days and the life of this man and no day is probably as intense as a person’s last day. ... Killing Jack was something that was intriguing to us all, but it had to be done just right. And that didn’t present itself to us."


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