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Two-hour TV movie to bridge gap between Seasons 6 and 7

By Nellie Andreeva

March 6, 2008

Fox's "24" will be returning in the fall, after all.

The producers of the Emmy-winning series are developing a two-hour "prequel" to the upcoming seventh season.

The movie, designed to bridge the two-year gap between Seasons 6 and 7, is targeted to air in the fall, leading to the January return of the real-time drama. On Wednesday, "24" producers began securing the show's core cast members for the film.

"24" was one of the biggest casualties of the writers strike. Three days into the work stoppage, Fox decided against airing a partial season of the serialized drama with the eight episodes produced before and during the first weeks of the strike.

Each season of "24" is a closed arc that takes place in real time over a 24-hour period. The upcoming seventh season is set in Washington and features the first female U.S. president, played by Cherry Jones.

At the end of the writers strike, there were rumblings about a possible split of the seventh season into two parts to air in the fall and in midseason. But Fox was quick to put those rumors to rest, reiterating that the show's scheduling pattern will remain intact with a January launch.

The "24" writing team is back at work, with filming on the remaining episodes of the seventh season slated to begin in April. Missing from the writers room is the series co-creator/executive producer Joel Surnow, who left at the end of the strike. Since the fifth season, "24" has been run by exec producer Howard Gordon.

Fox and 20th Century Fox TV, which produces the series with Imagine TV, declined comment Wednesday.

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I just started watching 24. I have to say, I am thrilled with the excitement level that maintains consistetly. Keifer does a great job! Whats everyone's favorite part about the show ?

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Two-Hour '24' Prequel Set For November

South Africa-set telefilm will bridge the long gap between '24' seasons

May 15, 2008

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Kiefer Sutherland of '24'

FOX has scheduled a two-hour "24" telefilm to serve as a prequel to the Emmy-winning drama's long-delayed seventh season.

The network announced on Thursday (May 15) that the "24" special will air on Sunday, Nov. 23 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET. The extended episode will take place just a few months before the events of Season Seven, which will premiere in January 2009.

Fans of "24" have been without their real-time action fix since May 2007. Due to creative overhauls on the Season Seven plotline, production got off to a late start last summer and the writers strike hit only eight episodes into the new season. Rather than jeopardize the tradition of an uninterrupted "24" broadcast schedule, FOX opted to delay the entire season.

When the prequel special begins, Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer is in South Africa handling an international crisis. Back at home, the newly elected president (series newcomer Cherry Jones) is preparing for her inauguration day. That second part is bound to be more exciting than it sounds.

"We're excited about the prequel because it explores Jack's complex emotional state of mind and still has all the signature excitement and suspense that fans have come to expect from '24,'" says executive producer Howard Gordon in a statement. "Shooting in South Africa affirms everyone's commitment to making this season especially memorable for our fans."

Devoted "24" fans know that an Africa-set adventure was one of the initially discarded plotlines for Day 7. The actual Season Seven plot will move the action from Los Angeles to Washington and will force Bauer to operate without his familiar CTU backdrop. Little is known except that a national security crisis brings together new castmembers Colm Feore, Janeane Garofalo, Annie Wersching, Jeffrey Nordling, Rhys Coiro and John Billingsley, as well as returning favorites Mary Lynn Rajskub and James Morrison. Also returning, under intriguing circumstances, is Carlos Bernard's Tony Almeida.

The show's creative team had a bit of a shakeup in February when co-creator and long-time executive producer Joel Surnow left the show to go work on other projects. Veteran showrunner Gordon remains in charge, though, maintaining continuity.

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I think for me its the mix of overwraught emotion and explosive action.

Fuskie

Whose favorite and worst moment was when Edgar died...

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'Jericho' Co-Star Counts on '24'

Sprague Grayden also lands a role on FOX's 'Sons of Anarchy'

June 3, 2008

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Sprague Grayden

Sprague Grayden, most recently seen on CBS' "Jericho," has landed a recurring role on FOX's "24."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Grayden will play Olivia Taylor, daughter of President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) and the nation's first First Husband (Colm Feore).

It's unclear how many episodes Grayden's character will appear in or what sort of inevitable trouble she'll find herself in. The HR story also doesn't say whether or not Olivia will be introduced in the two-hour "24" prequel which will air in November and bridge the long gap between the show's sixth and seventh seasons. Part of the prequel is expected to deal with President Taylor's inauguration.

But the "24" role isn't the only offering on Grayden's plate. The trade paper says that she's also snagged a role in FX's upcoming drama "Sons of Anarchy."

FX has set a fall premiere date for "Sons of Anarchy," which centers on the title motorcycle club's efforts to protect their small town from outside elements, including drug dealers and real-estate developers. Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal co-star.

Grayden will play Donna Lerner, a biker's wife trying to encourage her ex-con hubby to steer clear of the gang.

Other credits for Grayden include "Weeds," "Over There," Six Feet Under" and "John Doe."

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Courtesy of: TV GUIDE, TODAYS NEWS: OUR TAKE

Jon Voight Cast as 24's Even Bigger Baddie

It would appear that so-and-so, who to date has been touted as Jack Bauer's (and thus America's) next big nemesis, is merely doing someone else's bidding. Oscar winner Jon Voight has been cast on 24 as the person behind Season 7's terrorist threat, says the Reporter. Voight's character will be introduced during the two-hour prequel movie airing Nov. 23, and then be featured heavily during the back half of Jack's next bad day.

For more on this, see In Touch Weekly's cover story: "Angelina's Heartbreak! Dad Chooses TV Role Over Attending Twin Grandchildren's Birth!"

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hello!!! kim raver does not only give beauty secrets... she is beautiful from the inside!!!! she committed to help UNICEF, that is implementing a program benefiting children in Ethiopia. check it out: drink1give10.com

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garance

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Death just makes Jack Bauer mad.

Fuskie

Who loves it when Jack Bauer gets mad...

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Shivers... that's an awesome promo Fuskie, thanks for posting. Can't wait for it to start!!!

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Awesome! Thank you...It looks like it's going to be a FANTASTIC season!

"Are you FBI?" Chloe: "I'm a stay-at-home mom." LOL :animated_rotfl:

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I stopped in to post the link to the trailer, but you scooped my scoop.

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Producers haven't been keeping details on season seven top-secret. We know that season seven takes place in Washington D.C., features a new female president (played by Cherry Jones), and sees Jack Bauer not working with the CTU for the first time.

Don't forget that seasons six and seven will be bridged by 24: Redemption, a special made-for-television movie that airs November 23.

Fox has announced that Jack Bauer's seventh very bad day will kick off with a two-night, four-hour event, airing Sunday, Jan. 11, and Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. What's more, the series will mark its 150th episode (and approximately its 10,000th ejected shell casing) with the second hour of the aforementioned Monday broadcast.

Having been off the air since May 21, 2007 (due to last winter's WGA strike), 24 actually will first return with a two-hour movie bridging Seasons 6 and 7, airing Nov. 23.

Come January, Day 7 will get underway with Jack on trial before the government for his assorted "questionable" world-saving tactics. That bit of bureaucracy is thankfully interrupted when news surfaces that someone from Jack's past

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Maybe, Morty, but you got the embedded video thingy and you are still the boss guy. :-)

Fuskie

Who welcomes you to post video any time you want...

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Tonight's the night- can't wait, can't wait!

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Welcome back Jack!!

Thought it was an awesome two hour episode. As usual, I trust no one on the show. :)

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I was wondering how they were going to do the prequel and the one idea I had not fully considered is that the movie would simply be 2 hours in the day of Jack Bauer in Africa. Following form, Jack's special forces friend dies to save Jack's life (and the kids too). And boy was the UN guy an indictment on inaction in Darfur or what? Pitty the guy didn't get his just deserts.

No explanation of why the bad guy financier wants to overthrough the African government. Its not like they have any useful resources, unless he is after secret diamond minds. Naturally the President-Elect's son becomes ensnared by his now (surely) dead former best friend. Interestingly, the President's son's wife (or was it GF) apparently works at the same investment bank as the drug-addicted yet still has morals friend. Could she be a plant to have leverage on Madam President?

Dang, could President Daniels be any more bitter? Would he really resort to sabotaging the country in a fit of spite? Or was this coup that nobody saw coming actually part of his retirement plan? Were those Daniels' fingerprints on the supoena of Jack and can Congress actually serve a supoena outside of US territory? I certainly hope the ambassador's lacky gets his own just deserts but figured we have seen the last of him as well as those kids.

That's all I got off the top of my head. Look forward to hearing your reactions.

Fuskie

Who thinks it ironic that the boy called Jack a cockroach to be killed, since we all know that like cockroaches, not even a nuclear blast can do him in...

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From buddytv.com:

24: Redemption

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Jack Bauer, after almost two years away from TV, returned tonight in 24: Redemption, a two-hour prequel film set in Africa, which bridges the gap between seasons 6 and 7 of 24. Jack Bauer, since the end of season 6, where he was last seen pondering life and all its complexities while staring contemplatively into the ocean, has been globe-trotting, finding himself, avoiding the reality of his home country. 24: Redemption was filmed almost entirely in South Africa, and it's the first time we've ever seen Jack Bauer outside of Southern California. The prequel sets up a number of characters and plot lines that will be integral to season 7 of 24.

The action picks up in Sangala, Africa. We are in a township, and young boys are being trained to fight, not unlike what we saw in Blood Diamond. Rebel leader Toad Voiced Guy is very evil, and speaks of the power of the machete. Colonel Dubaku, I think, is his name. Making a speech in front of all the young boys, Colonel Bad Guy brings up a member of the government, beaten and bloodied, in front of everyone. Dubaku calls the dude a

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i just started watching it but i love it

cant wait till the new season

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By Ken Tucker

Entertainment Weekly

November's TV movie "24: Redemption" found Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer a chastened man. Helping orphans in Africa, he was hoarse not for the usual reason (barking orders), but from asking his Inner Good Guy for forgiveness for his CTU-agent sins.

On "24's" long-awaited Day 7, Jack has returned to the States to face a congressional committee on charges of torture. Quixotic old Jack -- he now says he has no regrets about his previous actions.

Such heroic flip-flopping comes in handy when dishy FBI agent Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) yanks him out of his hearing to help pursue villains with ties to "Redemption's" African terroristic regime. These include Carlos Bernard's Tony Almeida, long thought dead by perhaps only one "24" fan in the universe. (That would be Jack.)

Everyone, good and bad guys, is racing around trying either to protect or take control of a "CIP firewall," some dealio that protects a lotta government info.

Er, OK. Whatever. Just as long as the action kicks into gear with a minimum of ridiculous plot-twisting -- unlike most of Day 6.

Don't Miss

* EW: Ken Tucker's TV blog

Fresh characters like Agent Walker and the new president, Allison Taylor (a brisk Cherry Jones), mingle nicely with familiar faces like ... oh, if I told you, the whining spoiler-phobes would howl. Let's just say that after the two-night, four-hour season premiere, Jack will have threatened to jab a Bic pen into a bad guy's eardrum, and you'll feel the warm glow of sadistic glee that signals a jolly good start for vintage "24" mayhem.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/01/09/r...w.24/index.html

Fuskie

Who is counting down just over 24 hours until the clock starts ticking...

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PremiereWatch: '24'

By Brandon Millman

January 11, 11:51 PM

602 days is a heck of a long time between my Jack Bauer fixes, so it

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PremiereWatch: '24'

It

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I found the first two hours of the new season of 24 to be rather bland, imo. I thought the 24 "movie" in Dec. to be much more entertaining and interesting. Let's hope the season picks up momentum tonight.

Oh, and what do people think of the Janeane Garofolo (sorry about the spelling) character? Are they trying to make a Chloe 2.0? And what's with her sidekick, the skinny depressing guy? BLECH. I do like the lead female though. It's nice to see them add a strong female character who can actual kick some butt. As long as they don't turn her into just another character that Jack can save...

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