Fox to Bring Back ’24′ for Season 9; 13 Episodes Planned [Updated]

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24 movie kiefer sutherland Fox to Bring Back 24 for Season 9; 13 Episodes Planned [Updated]

Three years ago (today), the real-time adventures of 24 came to close. Now, it appears that Jack Bauer could soon be returning to television screens once last time, in an all-new adventure.

Reportedly former 24 showrunner Howard Gordon has approached Fox with a plan to bring the series back for limited run. Though no deals have been officially made, Fox appears to be interested in bringing back the fan-favorite series, and Kiefer Sutherland is currently in talks to return. If (or when) the series does return to the air, however, it will be a completely new story, not a continuation.

In the 24 series finale, following the conclusion of a complicated plot involving Russian assassins, mobsters and terrorists – not to mention President Charles Logan – Jack Bauer’s antics were finally a little too rogue, making him wanted by Russian and American forces. With no other option but to leave behind his life, again, Jack asked Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) to keep an eye on his daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) as his enemies might use his family to lure him out of hiding. Chloe shut down a drone she was using to monitor Jack’s activity on the ground during the climax of the season, and the clock ran down to 00:00:00.

fox 24 season 9 Fox to Bring Back 24 for Season 9; 13 Episodes Planned [Updated]

In the years since the 24 finale aired, there have been talks about potentially reviving the series in the form of a movie, written by Billy Ray (State of Play). Originally, Fox was looking to begin production on a theatrical follow-up in spring 2012, but after budget issues relating to salary for the cast came up, production was put on hold, apparently indefinitely. And even if the series does return to air, it will be Gordon’s idea, not some version of the movie plot, which television audiences will see.

And though it doesn’t seem that difficult to bring Jack Bauer back from the established series finale, it does beg the question as to whether he would be brought back voluntarily, or if he’s just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bauer isn’t too different from Die Hard’s John McClane, so accidentally getting involved in some terrorist plot wouldn’t be a stretch while he’s on the run. However, the mention of a “limited” run does raise the issue of how the series’ real-time format would work, if there are not twenty-four one-hour episodes comprising the season. Maybe we’ll skip a few hours here and there?

24 Jack Bauer Movie Fox to Bring Back 24 for Season 9; 13 Episodes Planned [Updated]

Then again, as the joke now goes “If everybody did what Jack Bauer said, the show would be called ’12.’

With network television now more open to serialized series, like The Following, 24 could easily slide in to a midseason spot, which would allow for a longer run of episodes without the lengthy breaks that fall television series have to deal with. And with potential return of Heroes, as well as the success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter, it’s clear that fans are still interested in revisiting their favorite series from the past. Whether or not 24’s return will be successful, however, is another question – but it’s doubtful that anyone would turn down the chance to see Jack Baur back in action one last time.

Update: Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Fox is looking to bring 24 back for a 13-episode run.

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Source: Deadline; Entertainment Weekly

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  1. OMG YES WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK THE STORY WILL BE ABOUT?

  2. If they bring this back, they need to bring back the original writers/producers – not the people who did the last couple of seasons, which were AWFUL.

    • As in Surnow and Cochran? That’d be worth a watch, that’s for sure! The other guys should stay with Homeland.

      • Exactly this! Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran not only both created ’24′ but ran the show for the first five seasons, which were the golden age of that show, once they handed over showrunning duties to Howard Gordon for Season 6 onwards, that’s when things started going wrong.

        In truth, ’24′ should never have been a long-running show, the amount of story material used per season was so much greater than a normal series (because of it’s unique format), making each subsequent new season that much harder to be as fresh and original as before. Certainly they hit their peak with the glorious Season 5, but I firmly believe that had Surnow and Cochran retained control of the show for Season 6, and that season had been the FINAL season, ’24′ would have went out on a creative and commercial high… leaving them ample cache to make a big-budget ’24′ movie right on the show’s heels, and which would have ended the saga on a real high note, alas, it didn’t happen this way!

        I think the show rebounded to a great degree from the maligned sixth season – Season 7 was much better than 6, and Season 8 was better than 7 – but it never again had that spark of greatness since Surnow and Cochran stepped away from either running the show or even still involved in the show (both left in 2008), although I would have been very happy for the recently planned movie to have been made as a final bow for Jack Bauer, moreso than a new series, but if this upcoming new series proves to be a winner, then all is forgiven… and maybe, just maybe, we yet might see a ’24′ movie in the not-too-distant future, what about it FOX?

  3. You are the man, Agent jack Bauer!!

  4. /me Wipes eyes to be sure he’s reading what he’s reading…

    I think it’s safe to say that I’m more than happy to have Jack back – as long as it’s the strongly-written bookend of the series. The end of the ‘last’ season of “24″ was mangy at best, and I’d love to see a beloved character back – for one last suare’.There’s no doubt that an infusion of something not really matched again was homegrown with 24, and I’d love a solid, strong solution to drink while once again in the land of Jack Bauer.

  5. Ok, I got it..Limited Run 9th Season of 24.

    8 Hours plus OT?

  6. I have been waiting for the movie version to come out, but I will be ok with a TV series again. I cant even say how elated I was to read this. Please FOX make this HAPPEN!!!!!!

  7. please,please bring jack Bauer back

  8. I enjoyed the entire series. Season 7 was much better than season 6, but season 8 dropped the ball. I would really appreciate Chloe’s return for the ninth series. I cannot imagine Jack being involved in a plot without help from Chloe. It is obvious he will keep in contact with her after his departure (like he did between seasons 4 and 5 when he was supposedly dead), so I really hope she returns. She is a great character, probably the best supporting character in the show (definitely the best in my opinion).

  9. I hope the new 24 season starts with Jack torturing the kid from Touch for making Jack Bauer a toolbox for the last 2 years.

    • Very funny about the boy from Touch!

  10. If they bring it back it needs to be a continuation from season 8. If they do something brand new I think it will ruin the entire series and it will destroy the legacy of the series.

  11. They should really bring back Tony Almeida
    Tony and Jack are like brothers

  12. its realy the best ting i have ever see on the tv in my life

  13. We want 24 back

  14. What about Jack Bauer vs. Heisenberg?

  15. Why 13 episodes? Following places between 00.00 am and 23.59 pm….. hopefully each episode have a runningtime of 110 minutes.

  16. Why 13 episodes? Following places between 00.00 am and 23.59 pm…..
    hopefully each episode have a runningtime of 110 minutes.

  17. Why 13 episodes? Following places between 00.00 am and 23.59 pm.
    hopefully each episode have a runningtime of 110 minutes.

  18. Can’t wait to see Jack Bauer again. Wow

  19. I’m really happy so much to see the comming of 24hour or already published season 9. We want it, we need it, we love it so much, jack keep it on we are watching lol

  20. I’m really happy so much to see the comming of 24hour or already published season 9. We want it, we need it, we love it so much nd jack, keep it on we are watching lol

  21. I’m really very happy so much to see the comming of 24hour or already published season 9. We want it, we need it, we love it so much nd jack, keep it on we are watching lol

  22. I am so glad they have answered my prayer @$ is the only series that i have watched 88 times. i am now watching it for the 89th time and am at season 4 ep 14. I am so excited thank Fox this is the best news ever.. Thumbs up

  23. I am sure the 13 episodes will develop more once they put thier heads together.

  24. Please bring back 24. I am sick and tired of reality TV that is not really reality. Reality has ruined TV.

  25. really you have about 15 million people like 24 here in mid east and you want to stop it noooo waay we want it baaack pleeeeeeeeeease

  26. From South Africa – hell yeah! We need Tony Almeida back, and would have been nice to still have Bill (CTU Director) in charge. Chloe was off the hook in season 8- got to love that techno geek!! Season 8 was a killer, Jack against the state and the Russian mafia , Logan is a snake!! , but how could president Taylor fall for his tricks!! I will watch season 9 in one day if you bring it to us. I give you my word!! , as Jack would say.

  27. From South Africa – hell yeah! We need Tony Almeida back, and would have been nice to still have Bill CTU Director in charge. Chloe was off the hook in season 8- got to love that techno geek!! Season 8 was a killer, Jack against the state and the Russian mafia , Logan is a snake!! , but how could president Taylor fall for his tricks!! I will watch season 9 in one day if you bring it to us. I give you my word!! , as Jack would say.

  28. From South Africa – yeah! We need Tony Almeida back, and would have been nice to still have Bill CTU Director in charge. Chloe was off the hook in season 8- got to love that techno !! Season 8 was a killer, Jack against the state and the Russian mafia , Logan is a snake!! , but how could president Taylor fall for his tricks!! I will watch season 9 in one day if you bring it to us. I give you my word!! , as Jack would say.

  29. From South Africa – yeah! We need Tony Almeida back, and would have been nice to still have Bill CTU in charge. Chloe was off the hook in season 8- got to love that techno !! Season 8 was a killer, Jack against the state and the Russian mafia , Logan is a snake!! , but how could president Taylor fall for his tricks!! I will watch season 9 in one day if you bring it to us. I give you my word!! , as Jack would say.

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