Shortly after 9-11, there was a television series that took viewers on a weekly terrorist-fueled adventure. It was based "in real-time," covering 24 consecutive hours each season with a cast that has made impressions of all kinds over the last eight years. Taking a "day at a time" had a completely new meaning. Whether they've weathered kidnappings, terrorist incursions, caravan ambushes or deadly nerve gas, we've all come to love the cast of "24" for one reason or another.
Fox has released the new trailer for season 8 and after taking a gander, I have to say I am impressed. I've been marveling at the cast additions that have sprung up over the last several months and as usual, their shooting schedule is raucous as ever.
It's time to rev the 24-love gas pedal again.
Included this season along with staple characters we love are a large number of proven character actors gravitating to this last installment of 24 and it looks action-packed already.
While I will always say that John McClaine/Bruce Willis invented the successful, "man in the wrong place at the wrong time" model, there's something about taking that same viewpoint, jamming it into 24 consecutive hours in a prime-time television program that wholly belongs to Jack Bauer and 24.
Here's to inviting a great new season, another large, racing-against-time cast into the Monday night slot of my life and millions across the Globe. It all starts on January 17th, 2010 - well, actually, with this trailer.
What do you think?