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'24' Returns to Fox in May



PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Jack Bauer is back, and he's on the run in London.

Kiefer Sutherland returns as the intrepid counter-terrorist in a 12-episode run of "24: Live Another Day," debuting with a two-hour show May 5 on Fox. It will take up its regular one-hour slot starting May 12.

"I'm about as anxious and wound up as I've been in a long time," Sutherland said Monday at the Television Critics Association winter meeting.

He returns to a character he played for eight seasons, from 2001 to 2010.

"There's a great impetus for all of us to create something new with the show," Sutherland said.

The show will be set and shot in London and retain the real-time format with split screens and interwoven story lines. It picks up four years after the events of "24's" final season, with Bauer now a fugitive being hunted by the CIA.

"Things will be blowing up - cars, double decker buses, things like that," said Sutherland, who was born in London. "I'm sure we'll be hated by a large portion of London for snarling up their traffic here and there, and for that I apologize in advance."

Also back from the original series are Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver and William Devane. Several newcomers have joined the cast, including Oscar nominee Judy Davis and Yvonne Strahovski of "Dexter."

Rajskub, who plays Chloe, said she closely followed Internet speculation about the series return and waited eagerly to find out whether she'd be included.

"I have a lot of people who refuse to call me anyone but Chloe," she said. "I never thought `24' would come back and in this format."

A potential "24" movie has been bandied about, too.

"If this ends up rebooting the show or causing a film to be made, so be it," Sutherland said, adding any script for a movie version would be "very, very different."

"The film is sort of an ongoing situation," he said.

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Ron Winkler January 14 2014 at 9:49 AM

Whoo-Hoo! ... Glad to have you back Keifer. Never was nor has there been since a weekly action drama to match "24". Cheery-o .... see you in London in May.

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barbara January 14 2014 at 8:55 AM

That was a good show and Sutherland did a great job.

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Dave Yeager January 14 2014 at 8:51 AM

So glad to hear that 24 is coming back!!!! It was one of the few shows on TV that we made a point to watch!!! Fastest hour on television!!!!! Good job! We missed you Jack!!!!!!!!!

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freedomfirst1791 January 14 2014 at 8:50 AM

I still don't understand how Jack Bauer could have saved the world eight different times, and still end up despised and hated.

For me, this is the ultimate supspension of disbelief. If this had really happened we would be worhipping this man and paying tribute to him, and not chasing him and hunting him down like a rabid dog.

Compare Bauer's accomplisments to those of Barack Obama. A man who is a real underachiever, who somehow gets worshipped and adored.

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GUNSLINGER January 14 2014 at 8:47 AM

My Jack Bauer for President T-Shirt will be relevant again!!!!!!

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JANET January 14 2014 at 8:41 AM

Soooo happpy !!! Loved the 24 show. Looking forward to May 5 !!

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thuff31564 January 14 2014 at 8:39 AM

It was one of the fastest hours on TV. The series was riveting.

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thuff31564 January 14 2014 at 8:38 AM

Great to hear it is coming back. A movie would be great. Jack Bauer needs to become the President that really gets things done. WE need a President just like this Charactor to get more things done with common sense.

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Mr. McLendon January 14 2014 at 8:37 AM

jACK is Back brilliant on someone's part

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Joan January 14 2014 at 8:28 AM

Bringing back one of the best shows of the best, is a great move! Looking forward to watching the show, for sure!

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