Since we all can’t stop talking about Jack Bauer, Fox has heard our cries and is looking to bring ’24’ back to television for an all-new season. This time it will be a limited series, most likely meaning only several episodes. Yes, Kiefer Sutherland will reprise his iconic role on the show. Will you watch?
’24’ ended in 2010 after eight seasons. When the series went off the air, the producers hinted that a feature film project was in development. Unfortunately, that never got off the ground. But now, ’24’ show runner Howard Gordon has pitched an idea to the network that has gotten everyone excited. Gordon is an executive producer on ‘Homeland’ and is currently working on a new high-end show for FX called ‘Tyrant’, which will be directed by Ang Lee. Former ’24’ producer David Fury also took to Twitter to announce that he’s involved in the ’24’ relaunch, saying:
24 Eyes Return As Limited Series On Fox, Yep, I’m pulling double duty along w/ TYRANT. Whoo & Hoo!
Now, I was a big fan of the original series. Those first two or three seasons were some of the best television programming of that time. The show was very suspenseful and even induced heavy sweating due to the complex and terrifying situations that Jack Bauer got himself into. However, after the show passed season 5, the storylines became redundant. How many times could we see a terrorist plot in a major city? How many times could CTU and the FBI ask Jack for help and then completely not trust him? How many times would Jack Bauer have to go rogue and kill all of the bad guys and save the day by himself? It just got old after a while.
The last season amped up the stakes pretty high and ended on a solid note. So, since the feature film isn’t happening, I for one am excited to see Bauer on the small screen again. I think that enough time has passed to garner new and fresh interest in this show. I just hope that it doesn’t follow the same formula as the previous seasons. It would be nice to see something different.
I’d like to see Jack Bauer face a diabolical situation in a confined setting like a small building where he just happened to be at the wrong place and the wrong time. Please, no more of these threats against the entire planet or country, just something small and intense.