Two more 24 alums have been locked in for the upcoming 24: Live Another Day. Kim Raver, who had been in lengthy negotiations, and William Devane have signed on for the Fox event series and will reprise their daughter-father roles. They join star/executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, who is back as intrepid CTU agent Jack Bauer, and Mary Lynn Rajskub as his quirky sidekick Chloe O’Brien. Both Raver and Devane joined the 24 series in Season 4 as Secretary of Defense James Heller (Devane) and his daughter Audrey Raines (Raver), a committed and passionate woman with a tragic past, who fell in love with Jack. They were both last seen in the final scenes of Season 6, when Jack said goodbye to a catatonic Audrey. READ MORE »
EXCLUSIVE: Another high-profile member of the 24 team has signed on for the event series reboot of the Emmy-winning real-time drama. Evan Katz is set to join fellow 24 alums — showrunner Howard Gordon, writer David Fury and director Jon Cassar — as an executive producer on Fox‘s 24: Live Another Day. The stint is part of a new two-year overall deal Katz has signed with the studio behind the 24 franchise, 20th Century Fox TV.
Next to Gordon, Katz was probably 24’s longest-serving writer. He joined at the beginning of Season 2 and won a WGA Award for the first episode he ever wrote on the show, the Day 2 hour in which Jack Bauer fakes killing the son of a terrorist in order to force him to talk. Katz started as a consulting producer, becoming co-executive producer in Season 3 and executive producer in Season 4, staying with the series until its end in May 2010 after eight seasons. He shared in 24‘s best series Emmy win in 2006.
Howard Gordon continues to put the 24 gang back together for the upcoming Fox event series. Jon Cassar has signed on to executive produce and direct multiple episodes of 24: Live Another Day, including the first two episodes. Cassar was a producer-director on the series from Seasons 2-7 — he directed 59 episodes including the TV movie 24: Redemption and won two Emmys and a DGA Award for the series. “I’m very happy to be renewing my relationship with the 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine family and am excited to call ‘action!’ again on the set of the resurrected 24,” Cassar said. “Considering I was not involved in (the final) Season 8, this new 24 event series gives me the chance for closure on a show that is very important to me.” Said Gordon: “Jon was a profoundly integral part of 24 creatively and culturally. It doesn’t feel like it would be 24 without him, and we’re all just really thrilled to be working with him again.” Cassar is the third 24 alum to join 24: Live Another Day, joining Gordon and David Fury. Several others are in the process of making deals, including co-creator Bob Cochran, Evan Katz and Manny Coto.
The new 12-episode 24 event series, titled 24: Live Another Day, will likely launch in early May 2014 running into the summer, Fox‘s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said during an upfront conference call this morning. The original idea to continue 24 was as a feature, which died after 24 showrunner Howard Gordon and his team concluded that ”24 being compressed into two hours is not 24,” Reilly said. But after Fox announced its event series push six months ago, Gordon sparked to the idea of resurrecting 24 that way. The 12-hour version will keep the real-time nature of the original series, skipping some hours in the 24-hour period it covers. That would actually benefit the show, Reilly said, noting that 24 producers always felt that the spine of each season of 24 were 12 episodes containing major events, with the other 12 providing connective tissue. “Now we’ll get the best part,” Reilly said. While Fox envisions its limited series as stand-alone, one-time events, some, including 24, could become franchises with multiple installments though it is unlikely to have a new 24 every year.
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