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24 will be back on screens sooner than expected as a TV Movie is being made to make up for the delay because of the writers strike.

"The wait for Jack Bauer's return won't be quite as long as expected. While 24 still won't be back with a new season until January, FOX is planning a special 24 TV-Movie to air this fall, says The Hollywood Reporter.

24 was perhaps the biggest example of the problems networks faced thanks to the recently concluded writers' strike. There had already been frequent changes to the 24: Season 7 story last summer, leading to a delay in production for the hit series. Then, when the strike began, only eight episodes had been completed. Eventually, when it became clear that it wasn't possible for a complete, uninterrupted 24-episode season to be finished before this TV season ended, FOX decided to simply wait until January 2009 to bring the show back. However, this meant the show would be off the air an incredibly lengthy 19 months – an unprecedented delay in network television.

The TV-movie seems like FOX's way of at least having some 24 content on during that long delay – a similar tactic was used by SCI FI Channel during the long wait between Battlestar Galactica seasons last fall, with the TV-Movie Razor.

The Reporter says the 24 movie will bridge the gap between Season 6 and 7. Deals are being made to sign cast members to the film. In the meantime, the writers are back at work on Season 7, which will go back into production in April. It's unclear where the movie will fit into the Season 7 production schedule."

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Post on Sat Nov 22, 2008 1:49 pm by kane


'24' Reasons to Be Excited About Jack Bauer's Return
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 Yahoo! Buzz

24: Redemption airs in mere days. Jack Bauer will, finally, return to our TV screens this Sunday, November 23, for a two-hour prequel film. It's been nearly two years since 24 last aired new episodes on FOX, and all of us 24 fans have been waiting in agony for the series to return. In the interim, there was a writers' strike, Kiefer Sutherland spent time in the slammer, and a new president was elected. Days away from Bauer's triumphant return, it felt like the right time to consider why we should all be excited for 24 to be back on the air. I know you love lists. Everyone loves lists. Check it out below.

Because Jack Bauer makes Chuck Norris look like a beached Manatee, and those stupid jokes need to end.

Because it's been almost two years since someone bit a terrorist's neck off on network television.

Because of “Beep. Beep. Beep...”

Because Chloe O'Brian hasn't pissed my friends off since 2006.

Because of “Damn it!!!!”

Because with 90210 ,Gossip Girl ,Grey's Anatomy and Dancing with the Stars, someone needs to balance out the universe.

Because Jack Bauer probably knows how to solve recessions. Let's just hope he tells us.

Because without David Palmer, there would be no Barack Obama (at least according to David Palmer) .

Because if Jack Bauer can go to Africa and do good, we can all at least remember to recycle.

Because Carlos Bernard needed work.

Because Jon Voight is the new bad guy and, in his life he has played the likes of Coach Bud Kilmer, a Midnight Cowboy, Howard Cosell, and a litany of bad, bad guys. He also fathered Angelina Jolie. Impressive, sir.

Because 24 is the crack cocaine of the TV world, and I've gone nearly two years without a fix. Hit me! Hit me!

Because I can envision Hilary Clinton, at home, watching Cherry Jones as 24's new president, and cursing maniacally at the screen while Bill watches on, popcorn in hand, quietly telling Hilary to shut up.

Because the only thing Thanksgiving week has always been missing is Jack Bauer thwarting terrorists. Goes great with candied yams.

Because, after the election season, the FOX News team needs a vessel to vicariously release all their vitriol, and Jack Bauer is the person to help them along in these trying times.

Because, if you time it just right, you can watch Andy Rooney's segment on 60 Minutes, and then catch the start of 24: Redemption. This is as close as any human will ever get to time travel.

Because freedom isn't free unless Jack Bauer is thwarting nameless renegades and torturing in the name of America.

Because the Desperate Housewives Drinking Game isn't very fun.

Because we'll finally learn whether Jack's over-sized man purse retains its magical qualities outside of LA County.

Because of BauerCount.com

Because we get to meet one of Jack Bauer's old friends (yes, he has friends!), in the form of Robert Carlyle, who is also a bad ass.

Because 24: Redemption takes place in or around the year 2013, which means it's the future. I fully expect there to be hover-boards.

Because we all need to collectively forget about season 6.


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Post on Sat Nov 22, 2008 1:55 pm by kane

Jack Bauer finds redemption in Africa
Alex Strachan , canada.com
Published: Tuesday, November 18, 2008

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Necessity is the mother of invention, according to 24's Canadian, Emmy Award-winning director Jon Cassar.

Last year's 100-day writers' strike threw 24 for a loop that not even Jack Bauer could solve.

The initial idea was that 24's next season would take place in Africa. It would mark a change of pace -- and a departure in setting -- from the show's ill-fated sixth season, which tumbled in the estimation of the show's fans and critics alike.

The new season would pick up with Kiefer Sutherland's agent Bauer trying to reclaim his soul in central Africa. Bauer would be lying below the radar, working with poverty-stricken children in a land torn apart by war, disease and famine. Outside events would intervene -- as they have a habit of doing on 24 -- and Bauer would be back in the U.S. once again.

There was just one problem: How to get Bauer back into the U.S. in real time, without wasting 12 hours of the story by having him sit on a plane, twitching and glancing anxiously at his watch.

Cassar and writer-producer Howard Gordon had a sudden idea: Create a two-hour TV movie, set in Africa and filmed in real time, that would both tell a self-contained story and set up the season to come.

The result, 24: Redemption, premieres Sunday on Global TV and the Fox network. The new season of 24 will debut Jan. 11, with the story picking up back in Washington, D.C., mere days after the events in the TV movie.

24: Redemption was originally going to be filmed near 24's home base of Simi Valley, Calif., with the semi-arid hills north of Los Angeles filling in for sub-Saharan Africa. Cassar believes it would have looked as credible as any other TV drama set in foreign countries, such as the anti-terrorism thriller The Unit, but then he thought about South Africa.

South Africa is not as remote or geographically isolated as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the country which 24: Redemption's fictional nation of Sangala is loosely based on.

Cassar knew, though, that filming in South Africa would lend an authenticity that would be hard to reproduce on a studio lot within an hour's drive of Los Angeles.

"I told (the studio) that we could do three days there, but we should really do three weeks there. When we started laying out why, and what the money would be, they went with it. And I'm glad they did, because what we got was just sensational. There's no way we would have got that look in L.A."

Cassar says Sutherland was re-energized by the experience.

"He loved it. From an actor's point of view, it's one thing to count on the director to try and get you to that place emotionally. It's quite another to be surrounded by 300 extras who are actually from Africa. It makes a big difference in the performance."

24: Redemption premieres Sunday on Global and Fox at 8 ET/PT.

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Post on Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:04 pm by kane

TV: '24' is back in action and aiming for redemption
TV Movie » Cast stars in new movie before season launches.

By Vince Horiuchi

The Salt Lake Tribune
Updated: 11/21/2008 08:31:54 PM MST

It's not a secret that one of Fox's most talked about shows had a disastrous season last year.

The ticking clock on "24" had broken, and fans and critics alike had a field day.

"We all took that really personally, and I think [executive producer Howard Gordon] and I and [director/co-executive producer] Jon Cassar -- we talked about it, and we felt that some of them were very fair and legitimate," said the show's star, Kiefer Sutherland.

In season 6, terrorists invaded the offices of the Counter Terrorist Unit, and devoted fans thought the story became muddled, unrealistic and, at times, downright silly.

Then, to add insult to injury, a debilitating writers strike late in 2007 forced the show to shut down before

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the start of the seventh season, a move that would end up scuttling the series' entire year.

Now the thrill ride about a federal agent fighting global terrorism is back, and begins anew with a two-hour movie, "24: Redemption," which bridges the gap between last season and the new one that begins in January. And fans hope the show's character, Jack Bauer, isn't all that is redeemed.

The movie takes place months after the end of the last season with Bauer (Sutherland) hiding from federal authorities in Africa where he's helping a friend (Robert Carlyle) run a local school in a village.

But trouble is brewing as a future dictator plans a military coup, intending to recruit children as soldiers by kidnapping them and forcing

them to train with guns.

The villain sets his sights on students at a school but Bauer and his friend intervene and try to help the students escape -- after taking out the henchman in the process, of course. Like the series, the movie is told in real time over a two-hour period.

Carlyle, who plays Bauer's friend and a fellow special ops agent from the past, spent nearly a month shooting the film on location in Africa, a decision he said was costly but crucial.

"You got authenticity," he said about shooting in Cape Town, South Africa, instead of in a Hollywood studio. "It looks right. No matter [how you dress] a studio in a backlot, it's not going to look like Africa. Africa is a character in this piece."

Meanwhile, the movie's second storyline involves the swearing in of a new female U.S. president (Cherry Jones), and a corrupt government official played by Oscar winner Jon Voight who is overseeing the coup in Africa, a character who will bleed into the new season.

"The show has always been one of my favorite shows on television, and I knew that the people were good and the quality of the pieces are very good, so I wasn't at risk with it," said Voight (who won Best Actor for "Coming Home") about his first foray into series television. "And then to create a character from the beginning to the end like this is a lot of fun."

While the new season of "24" may have hit a roadblock over a writers strike that nearly ground the industry to a halt, it offered one advantage -- time to get things right, Sutherland said.

"It will be the first time we've been able to complete 24 episodes before one will air, and I think that has allowed us to really take our time to work those dangerous episodes for us, which are 13, 14, 15 and 16," he said. "The first 12 and the last eight for us generally are really strong. [But] it's that transition area -- we have a lot of time to work on it."

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Post on Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:10 pm by kane

Hurts so good


Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) battles and international crisis in Sunday's "24: Redemption"

Buck up and feel the pain endured by two of TV's most compelling tough guys on "24" and "The Shield."

By NEAL JUSTIN, Star Tribune

Last update: November 22, 2008 - 12:35 PM

Heroism doesn't pay. It's evident on the big screen, where a dour James Bond doesn't even take time to enjoy a decent martini, and it's even more so on the small screen, where most of today's protagonists begrudgingly save the day as if they're getting root-canal surgery.

I suspect that one of the reasons why CBS' "The Mentalist" is this fall's breakout series is that star Simon Baker unmasks the killer with a twinkle in his eye and a wisecrack on his lips. He's under the impression that serving justice is a hoot.

Try telling that to two of TV's most depressed, and destructive characters, Jack Bauer of "24" and Vic Mackey of "The Shield," who both get dragged back into the spotlight this week under very different, but equally harrowing circumstances.

You'll be forgiven if you don't quite recall the depth of their funks. "24" has been off the air for 18 months, and tonight's two-hour movie, which plays out in real time, is merely a bridge to the new season, which kicks off in January. "The Shield" has slipped in ratings and relevance in the past couple years, but Tuesday's 90-minute finale is a jaw-dropping reminder that it has consistently been one of our best and most brutal dramas.

"24" picks up three years after we last left Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) gazing over the edge of a cliff and leaving us with the distinct impression that he might take a flying leap. Instead, he's been in self-exile, traveling the world in search of solitude and peace, much as David Banner did in the late '70s. Of course, he knows -- and we know -- that circumstances will eventually transform him back into the Incredible Hulk.

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Post on Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:12 pm by kane

24 Returns with “Redemption”
Written by: Kristi Kennedy

Two hour “24: Redemption” kicks off Season 7.

Action-packed 24 returns for its seventh season on Fox this Sunday, with the two-hour blockbuster movie, Redemption. Jack Bauer and company return to send our hearts pounding and pulses racing in the time-ticking action series.

Redemption's two-hour run time will attempt to fully hook-in new viewers, as well as reel back the faithful ones who have been waiting to see Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) back into his typical, ominous, drama-packed predicaments.

Madame President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) takes office and we find our hero fleeing to Sangala, a fictional African country, for peace and rest. Jack puts his past demons to work helping out at a local school and befriending the students. Unbeknownst to him, a rebel leader nearby is staging an uprising to incite civil war using children as soldiers for his army. You know what happens next. Jack's kids are taken by the rebel, he gets pissed, and vows to get them back.

In the meantime, President Taylor battles her villainous predecessor, Noah Daniels (Powers Booth), who believes he’s still in power until her actual inauguration ceremony is complete.

With a new president and Jack fighting honorably for the safe return of children, Season 7 promises the same mach-tempo and dramatic cliffhangers that 24 fans are accustomed to. Series begins in January.

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Post on Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:14 pm by kane

All “24” fans out there must be thrilled. They don’t have to wait until January 11 in order to welcome Jack Bauer after 18 months of suspension, as just a couple of months before the seventh season of the series debuts on Fox, the network will air “24: Redemption,” a television production that should throw Kiefer Sutherland back in the midst of action.

Although the two-hour long film can be seen as a bridge between Jack’s treacherous past and his even more treacherous future and thus between the show’s Season 6 and Season 7, “Redemption” can also be considered an independent movie that should need no previous knowledge on our hero’s adventures.

All we need to know is that Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is now in Africa, after more than three years of voyaging around the world so as to escape his own past. He works at a school in the fictional country of Sangala, where he helps an old pal, Carl Benton (Robert Carlyle) to manage an institute for young boys that provides rescued child soldiers with food and education. Nevertheless, Jack Bauer faces two main problems: in the first place, he finds out that the African country where he is living is menaced by rebels and, secondly, that the United States government has issued a subpoena in order to make him testify about the torture techniques he once used.

While the Presiden-elect of the U.S., Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones), is preparing to take the lead, her predecessor, Noah Daniels (Powers Booth), tells her about General Juma’s (Tony Todd) plan of organizing another coup, advising her to keep the U.S. away from the affair.

A year and a half has definitely brought Jack Bauer back on his feet and I think he’s more powerful than ever. Therefore, we should expect him to save the day once again and give Ms. Taylor a hand.

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Post on Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:31 am by kane

The movie was good but it was also said to.

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