24

An epic homage to 24’s hero, Jack Bauer. Enough said.

Launched in 2001, starring Kiefer Sutherland as the heroic Jack Bauer, 24 employed a pioneering split-screen, fast-paced format with complex interweaving storylines as viewers followed US anti-terrorism agent Bauer through 24 pulse-pounding episodes, each covering one hour and presented in real time.

Jack has shown time and again he’s willing to do whatever it takes to save the day, and, during the course of 24, has battled against terrorist plots, biological and nuclear threats, attempts to assassinate the US president and moles within his Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU).

Unfortunately for Jack, he’s suffered a number of personal tragedies, including the death of loved ones, along the way, and the show’s executive producer Howard Gordon has promised more of the same as the show reaches its final conclusion: “(It) leaves him in a compromised place morally, ethically and emotionally,” Gordon said. “This show is a tragedy, and to give Jack a happy ending didn’t feel authentic.”

Day 8 saw CTU back in action and based in New York, headed up by Special Agent Brian Hastings (Mykelti Williamson), with further new additions to the cast including Dana Walsh (Katee Sackhoff) as a double dealing CTU analyst and her fiancé, head of field operations, Cole Ortiz (Freddie Prinze Jr). CTU devotee Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), ex-FBI agent Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) and President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) all returned to the action as Jack was pulled away from cosy family life with this daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) to help prevent the assassination of IRK President Hassan (Anil Kapoor) by Russian terrorists, determined to prevent a major peace agreement led by the US.

With plenty of twists and turns along the way, Jack is now facing the final hours of day eight fighting against all those he’s previously stood beside. After the shocking death of love interest Renee, Jack is intent on bringing to justice those responsible, whatever it takes. Unfortunately for him, it means going against President Taylor who is committed to getting the peace deal signed, no matter how, and has even accepted advice from villainous ex-president Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin) to make it happen. Under President’s order Chloe O’Brien, now temporarily in charge of CTU, has instigated a man hunt to bring Jack in…”Chloe and Jack are in a real face-off,” reveals Gordon, “Chloe has to decide between her duty and friendship to Jack. It’s about as hairy a confrontation as you can possibly imagine.”

Watch Jack in action for the final time on the small screen in the breathtaking, unmissable, two-hour finale on Sunday 6th June at 9pm, exclusive to Sky1 HD and Sky1.

Viewers can also get to know the man responsible for bringing TV’s toughest and most tortured hero to life, Kiefer Sutherland, with an exclusive interview Kiefer Sutherland on Alex Zane’s Guest List showing first on Sky1 HD and Sky1 at 10pm on Monday 30th May 2010.

In an illuminating interview, film and television buff Alex Zane interrogates the Hollywood star about the end of 24, plans to take the series to the silver screen and his fondness for the word “Dammit”. Kiefer, who’s cinematic CV includes cult favourites The Lost Boys and Flatliners, also selects the movies that mean the most to him.

 

Jack Bauer will not find himself in a happy place at the conclusion of hit TV series 24, says the shows executive producer.

According to Howard Gordon, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) will be left in a position which he says is fitting to the style and mood of the character and show.

“(It) leaves him in a compromised place morally, ethically and emotionally,” Gordon said. “This show is a tragedy, and to give Jack a happy ending didn’t feel authentic.”

Gordon has remained tight-lipped as you would expect as to the details of the conclusion to the show, which has been running for eight seasons since its premiere back in 2001.

He says the writers are “taking him to a place he’s never been before.”

Plans are also underway for a 24 movie, with a first draft of a script written and a second underway.

“We’re honoring the series and the creative integrity of (Bauer) and then possibly bringing in a whole new group (of characters),” Gordon said of the big screen project. “What I do think is important is that we do not retread over old ground.”

Source: THR

24 returns to Sky 1 on January 17th with a brand new series. And it’s pretty star-studded too, with Katee Sackhoff, Freddie Prinze Jr., Mykelti Williamson, John Boyd, Jennifer Westfeldt and Chris Diamantopoulos featuring.

And, we’ve managed to get an exclusive trailer from the show!

The Emmy Award-winning drama starring Kiefer Sutherland returns with season eight unfolding in New York City amidst the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations.

In this new day, CTU has been upgraded and is run by MBA-schooled and razor-sharp head honcho Brian Hastings (Williamson, “Forrest Gump”). Cole Ortiz (Prinze Jr.), an ex-Marine who wants to follow in Bauer’s footsteps, runs the division’s Field Operations. Expert data analyst Dana Walsh (Sackhoff, “Battlestar Galactica”) collaborates with systems analyst Arlo Glass (Boyd, “The Notorious Bettie Page”) inside CTU. Rob Weiss (Diamantopoulos, “The Starter Wife”) serves as President Allison Taylor’s (Cherry Jones) new chief of staff, and Meredith Reed (Westfeldt, “Grey’s Anatomy”) is an ambitious journalist with ties to the unfolding situation.

In addition, Bollywood icon Anil Kapoor (“Slumdog Millionaire”) makes his American TV debut as Omar Hassan, a Middle Eastern leader who comes to the U.S. on a peacemaking mission.

Here’s a trailer from Day Eight… and as ever, it’s looks preposterous and a thrill-a-minute.

When we last saw Jack Bauer, his life was hanging in the balance. It’s always hanging in the balance. When evil-doers aren’t trying to kill him up, he’s turning into a smack head. Of course, the best thing about our Jack is that he’s as hard-as-nails and always bounces back like a mental rubber ball.

Now he’s back for another heart stopping, action-packed series of the award-winning US drama series 24. This time he’s in New York.

At the start of 24’s new, eighth season, Bauer is hoping for a quiet life with his daughter Kim (feel free to phwoar at the mere mention of her) and his granddaughter. However, a group of terrorists have other plans and an assassination plot against a visiting Middle Eastern leader Omar Hassan is uncovered.

It’s not long before Bauer is called upon to help prevent Hassan’s murder.

Kiefer Sutherland said: “Season 7 and 8…are really connected together. The storylines from Season 7 really do play all the way through into Season 8. The setup for [this season] is the most realistic political thing that I think we’ve ever done since we started the show. This season is more grounded in what possibly could happen. There’s a sense of reality that almost brings it back to Season 1.”

24: Day 8 launches with a double bill on January 24 at 9pm on Sky1 HD and Sky1 and viewers can bring themselves up to date with a 24 Day 7 catch up, from Tuesday 29 December at 8am through to Wednesday 30 December at 8am.

24 is one of the most ludicrous shows that has ever been aired. If you’re a fan of the show, that’s one of the best bits about it. The world is always in danger and in Jack Bauer, we’ve got a super hero who has powers that stretch to being really hard, growing a beard, the ability to exist without sleep and occasional heroin use.

Excellent.

However, imagine a 24 without our Jack aka Kiefer Sutherland. Imagine that for one second. How does it feel?

Well, maybe you should think about it a little harder because Sutherland has said that 24 could survive without Jack Bauer.

Keifer has been playing Bauer since the show started in 2001 and has ShortList that he is afraid that the drama could continue without him.

Sutherland: “I’m not the real star of the show, not at all. All of us, from the actors to the writers on 24, have always understood from Day 1 that we are not, and never will be, the heartbeat of the show.

“You only have to look at the casualty list of major characters that have died over the years to know you can be killed off, and the show will only get better without you. The real star of 24 has always been the concept of doing this show in ‘real time’.

“You involve a running clock and inherently it makes the viewer sit forward and feel on edge. That changed TV forever, I think.”

Asked who he wanted to replace his character should he die, he added: “Nobody. F**k. I’ll switch into Jack Bauer mode and do whatever I have to do to kill that b*stard. It’s my job man, and people should know when I go, I’ll be going kicking and screaming. Let’s say, even if Jack were to die, there are a lot of great actors that could do it, and be successful at it, but that doesn’t mean I’d be happy about it.”

Time runs out for Jack (Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Kiefer Sutherland) as Day 7 reaches its thrilling conclusion with an emotionally charged, action packed double episode finale, exclusive to Sky1 and Sky1 HD on Monday 25th May at 9pm.

It’s been another very long day for Jack. After being whisked away from the Senate hearing by the FBI and used to track down the very much alive and well Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), Jack saw off General Juma and Colonal Matobo, ensuring the CIP device was destroyed before more innocent lives were lost.

Doing whatever necessary to get his man, Jack has left the FBI reeling at his methods and unsure of his loyalties, despite being instrumental in saving First Gentleman Henry Taylor’s life and winning the eternal gratitude of President Taylor (Cherry Jones). Following the tragic death of Bill Buchanan (James Morrison) at the White House siege, Jack has relied on the close alliance formed with Agent Renee Walker (Annie Wersching), who has stood by him in his darkest hours.

With Tony now dramatically revealed as Jack’s true foe, brutally killing Agent Moss and stealing a canister of the deadly bio-weapon, Jack must face up to this vicious betrayal, stop Tony and find out who he is working for. But time is running out for Jack in more ways than one. Infected by the lethal pathogen and with no known cure, Jack’s condition is rapidly deteriorating and his only hope is a risky stem cell transfer involving daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert). Meanwhile the President’s daughter Olivia must deal with the consequences of her actions as the White House learns the truth behind Jonas Hodge’s (Jon Voight) assassination.

As the season draws to its dramatic end, Jack is left fighting for his country, his family and his life. Executive producer Howard Gordon explains Jack ends Day 7 “with more to live for and therefore more to lose, at least on an emotional level, than at any time since Day 1.”

24 Day 7 Finale, Monday 25th May at  9pm, Sky1 and Sky1 HD

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The first hour dealt with Jack getting into the White House to run down the Burnett lead as to the next terrorist attack and Renee working the same goal by pursuing the Dubaku assassin angle.  Dubaku is dispatched old school Cold War spy-style and his killer just calmly walks in and out of the hospital.  Renee doesn’t buy the heart attack line and succeeds in tracking Dubaku’s killer, who is one of Juma’s men named Udo (Lovensky Jean-Baptiste).  She trails him to the staging area somewhere in D.C. and even to their boat which leaves shore to their destination.

Back at the FBI, this time Janis hacked Chloe’s stuff and got word on what Jack was planning.  Moss detained her as a result.  Hopefully that won’t be the end for her for the season.  What we really need is some Chloe / Janis dual hack action to stop the bad guys. 

Jack gets to the White House with Tony and tells him that what he has to do, he has to do alone, even without Bill: “I’m driving off a cliff here.  I don’t need to put him in the pasenger seat.”  He gets in and subdues Bill, telling him about Burnett and his plan to get the info by whatever means necessary.  With Bill out of the way, Jack gets to Burnett and gives him the tazer gun treatment.  Burnett is about ready to fold until the President, who was meeting with Mayer about pardoning Jack, gets wind of Jack’s actions and her people blow the door in, stop him and arrest him.  Jack was determined to get the info, even ignoring Taylor’s order to stop.  This of course solidifies Mayer’s position that Bauer is a renegade and a dangerous loose cannon.  Jack never ceases to amaze me with how many different ways he knows how to get info out of someone and how good he is at it.

Burnett turns out to be a shifty but determined little bastard and doesn’t give up anything on Juma, even when the President offers him a full pardon.  There’s some good stuff between Jack and Mayer about how determined Jack is to protect the country no matter the cost and how the weak-willed Senator isn’t.  Also some good stuff later on between Jack and Bill when Jack implores Bill to finish what Jack started on Burnett, but Bill tells him he can’t.  By the time Juma and his men gain access to the White House, it’s a moot point and all hell quietly breaks loose.  Turns out Juma’s also got a man on the inside, who cuts off the alarm sensors allowing Juma and his men to gain access from the sewers below.  As this is going on, Renee is running for her life from Dubaku’s son, who was left behind and discovered her as she discovered the target of the attack.  She’s eventually saved by Moss.

The second episode is about the struggle inside the White House between Jack, Bill and the Secret Service and Juma’s men.  Jack is released by Bill in order to help and manages to get the President to a safe room before Juma can get to her.  But Juma and his men have control of the building and take hostages.  We get some good Agent Aaron Pierce action as he safeguards the President’s daughter, Olivia in the locked down White House.  There’s also some decent close-quarter firefighting action and the inevitable standoff when Juma wants the President and threatens to kill her daughter.

Meanwhile, outside the White House, Moss and Renee are stymied by Vice President Mitchell Hayworth, who’s more interested in not making a costly political decision than saving the President, whom they don’t know is even safe or not.  During Juma’s siege of the White house, he has a techie who seems to know all of the Secret Service procedures, including the President’s tracking device, and how to hack the keycard for the safe room door.  We learn that Juma was given inside help by someone named Jonas Hodges (Jon Voight).  The hour ends with Juma getting his hands on the President and planning to have her make “the last statement she will ever make.”

The whole two episodes were absolutly brill, it was good for showing the lengths to which Jack will go to safeguard the nation and protect innocent lives, as well as Mayer’s witch hunt for Jack and Bill’s limits to what he will do. Quite simply, he’s a good man, but he’s not Jack.  Renee’s B-story also was good, and she’s showing that more than a little of Jack has rubbed off on her as she gets the intel into the attack.  It was no big surprise that Dubaku got was killed off and that Juma has now taken over things but Jon Voight fills this role and it remains to be seen who and what his role is in the whole thing.

Jack and Renee are still following Marika, who is their last possible lead to Dubaku. But Dubaku’s people found out she’s working with the Feds, which puts her life into danger.

Meanwhile, Hillinger, now revealed as being the FBI mole, is working to prevent Jack and Renee from capturing Dubaku for fear that Dubaku will give up everybody on his list. President Taylor confronts her estranged daughter and yet another FBI mole is revealed.

 

Last week’s episode I wondered about the importance of Hillinger’s romance with Erika, the FBI techie. Turns out there’s much more to it than was initially revealed, and it has to do with Hillinger’s trying to keep Jack and Renee from capturing Dubaku. Meanwhile Dubaku, aka “the big softie” instead of than just putting a bullet in her head when he found out she’s betrayed him, he still wants her to go with him. She agrees to still go with him and they get into a car and head for Dubaku’s plane. Jack and Renee have been stopped by D.C. Police thanks to Hillinger’s fake arrest warrant, and it takes some doing by Moss to get them released. Luckily Chloe is on it with the satellites and she guides them to Dubaku’s SUV. A short car chase and Marika’s grabbing the wheel leads to a crash and Dubaku is seriously injured.

Unfortunately Marika is killed in the crash, Jack then does what he does best: threatens Dubaku’s family unless he turns over the list. And in a move way back from the second season (if memory serves me right) the list is hidden under Dubaku’s skin. Jack then gets it to Chloe via a police chopper that was at the scene of the car crash. Hillinger has now concocted a plan to crash the FBI servers once Chloe uploads the files, which are of course a one-time download only (tut tut). Hillinger and Erika succeed in crashing the servers (who it turns out to be a mole for Dubaku). Then he shoots her in the stomach, she dies on the spot and he goes one further by shooting himself in the arm and frames Erika. But the little genius that is Chloe works her magic to recover the files.

 

As all that happens, Renee confronts Jack about the consequences of their actions, leading to Marika’s death and she pretty much looses it, slapping Jack numerous times and asks him if he even feels anything anymore, and to twist the knife she brings up his wife (Terry). Jack finally snaps and asks her what she wants from him. He also tells her if she ever pulls a gun on him again to be prepared to use it, to which Renee reply with “I did”.

 

With Dubaku’s caught, the worm has turned and America has once again been saved by Jack Bauer… or has it, Tony returns with some chilling information about a new threat coming straight from General Juma this seems to be the turning point of the season, with one story wrapped up and now a serious threat brought to Jack by Tony. It looks like Juma is going to get his hands dirty and take over the bad guy duties. It also looks like a small civil war maybe brewing in the White House or is the terrorist target going to be The White House itself? With Dubaku’s accomplice Burnett on his way to The White House along with his boss Senator Mayer his reaction makes me this may be where Juma is planning to strike, lets hope Jack meets Tony on 1st and Constitution sooner rather than later…

 

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