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Comic-Con: ‘24’s Kiefer Sutherland Praises Evolution Of TV; “Still Talking” About Movie, Producer Says

By | Thursday July 24, 2014 @ 11:09am PDT

Comic-Con: ‘24’s Kiefer Sutherland Praises Evolution Of TV; “Still Talking” About Movie, Producer SaysWhen we last saw Kiefer Sutherland’s super-agent Jack Bauer on the July 14th finale of Fox’s 24: Live Another Day he was about to fly off into a very uncertain Moscow-based future. Today at Comic-Con, the actor said that “we went thorough so many ideas for that ending” and “on some level we copped out because on some level it is hard to end it.” Sutherland added that “we talked about that maybe for the DVD, we’ll have Jack take out a hand grenade and blow the Russian helicopter up — we’d never had that kind of freedom before. “ Sutherland was joined today by 24 executive producer/director Jon Cassar, who moderated the panel.

comic-con-logoIntended as a launch for the September 30th Blu-ray and DVD release of the limited event series, the panel today started with a five-minute video retrospective of all eight seasons of 24 and 24: LAD – needless to say, Bauer kicked a lot of ass, a lot of stuff blew up and the packed Ballroom 20 loved it, erupting in a roar when it was over. The response was similar for Cassar’s later answer to an audience member’s question about a 24 movie: “We’re still talking about it.” Read More »

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‘24: Live Another Day’ Considered Killing Off Jack Bauer For Finale Says EP

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 7:01pm PDT

‘24: Live Another Day’ Considered Killing Off Jack Bauer For Finale Says EPSPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s 24: Live Another Day finale.

Amidst a near-war with China, a sword-induced beheading, a time shift and the loss of a longtime character, tonight’s finale on Fox of 24: Live Another Day could have seen the final curtain come down on Kiefer Sutherland’s anti-terrorism agent, says the series’ former showrunner. “We certainly tried out a lot of different endings and we rearranged the furniture every which way in the room,” reveals LAD EP Howard Gordon of the limited-event series and Jack Bauer’s fate. “So we knew what it looked like for other characters to have met with different ends and we tried them all on, up to and including Jack himself. This has always been a show that is really about the days and the life of this man and no day is probably as intense as a person’s last day. So killing Jack was something that was intriguing to us all but it had to be done just right. And that didn’t present itself to us,” the EP adds.

Related: Photo Gallery: The Best Of ‘24’ & Jack Bauer

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAYWhat ultimately did present itself for the one-hour finale was the death of Audrey Boudreau, a character on the show since its fourth season in 2005 played by Kim Raver. “This was a really challenging decision to make and a difficult one to make because she was a such a … Read More »

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UPDATE: RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘24: Live Another Day’ Debuts Solid

By | Tuesday May 6, 2014 @ 10:22am PDT

24 Live Another Day RatingsUPDATE, 10:22 PM: Turns out Jack is back even a little bit more. Time zone adjusted ratings are in via Nielsen and the 24: Live Another Day premiere rose up to a 2.6 among Adults 18-49. Perhaps more importantly for Fox, that’s a 94% retention from the show’s Season 8 finale 2.8 result back on May 24, 2010. In terms of viewership, the time zone adjusteds also inched up the 2-hour return of Jack Bauer to 8.1 million. 

PREVIOUS, 8:08 AM: After weeks of Fox promotion and #JackIsBack on social media, the event series 24: Live Another Day (2.5/8) premiered last night. Bringing back anti-terrorism super-agent Jack Bauer after four years in both real time and TV time, the Kiefer Sutherland-starring series bounced right back into the game. The two-hour debut dipped just 10% from the 2.8/8 rating that the two-hour Season 8 finale of 24 pulled on May 24, 2010. In a time when network viewership across the board was about 27% higher than today, that Monday show drew 9 million viewers. Last night’s 24: Live Another Day had 7.98 million viewers from 8-10 PM. It’s worth noting that a 2.8 rating and 9.1 million viewers is also the Season 8 average for the last cycle of 24. This latest version of the world-saving adventures of Jack, Chloe O’Brien and the gang runs for 12 episodes with a July 14 finale.

Related: Photo Gallery: The Best Of ‘24’ & Jack Bauer

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‘24: Live Another Day’ – A Look Back At The Best Of ‘24’ & Jack Bauer

By and | Monday May 5, 2014 @ 1:36pm PDT

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Almost 4 years after 24‘s eighth season ended, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is back. Tonight’s 2-hour debut of the limited event 24: Live Another Day sees 4 years having passed in Bauer’s life and the world-saving anti-terrorism agent now over in the UK, just as the President is there to negotiate a major treaty. Do the math and await the mayhem. In the meantime, check out our look at some of the highlights of the Emmy-winning series. Read More »

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Amazon Lands Streaming Rights to ’24′ & ’24: Live Another Day’

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 7:24am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

24: Live Another DayUPDATED: Amazon is becoming the steaming home of summer event series. After its success with CBS’ Under The Dome last summer and following the deal for CBS’ upcoming Extant starring Halle Berry, the streaming service also has nabbed the rights to Fox’s upcoming 24: Live Another Day starring Kiefer Sutherland. It is part of a licensing agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution that covers all 192 episodes of 24. The eight seasons of the Emmy-winning political thriller and TV movie 24:Redemption, which bridged Seasons 6 and 7, are already available on Prime Instant Video. The pact with Amazon follows the expiration of Fox’s deal for 24 with Netflix, which was the streaming home of the series until today. Amazon’s announcement does not specify the length of the post-broadcast window for 24: Live Another Day but I have learned that the event series is expected to hit the streaming service later in 2014, long after it airs on Fox. Amazon and CBS broke ground last year with their deal for Under The Dome, which made an episode available on Prime Instant Video four days after its premiere on CBS. The same template is being used for Extant.

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Super Bowl Fox Promo: ’24: Live Another Day’

By | Sunday February 2, 2014 @ 6:39pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

After dropping clues with four 10-second teasers during the game, Fox just unveiled the first trailer for event series 24: Live Another Day, which will premiere May 5. The next chapter in the 24 franchise picks up the story four years after the series finale, which left Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) as a fugitive from justice, this time in London. A vampy Mary Lynn Rajskub is back, co-starring alongside Kim Raver, William Devane, Yvonne Strahovski, Judy Davis, Tate Donovan and Benjamin Bratt.

Related: Kiefer Sutherland Says Potential ‘24’ Movie “Very Different” From Upcoming Event Series

UPDATE: Fox just released its final Super Bowl promo, for the current 13th season of American Idol. Hyping the upcoming Hollywood week, the promo does not have a single frame of the judges as the veteran reality show continues to try to shift the focus on the contestants this season. Read More »

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Judy Davis To Recur In ‘24’ Event Series

By | Thursday December 19, 2013 @ 9:00am PST

Updated: Two-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning actress Judy Kiefer-Sutherland-BauerDavis (Husbands and Wives, Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows) will be a recurring guest star on Fox‘s event series 24: Live Another Day, which debuts in the spring. Davis will portraying Margot, a British national and the widow of a notorious terrorist. (Earlier, the network said she would play a German arms dealer, but the character evolved since the role was conceived).

As previously announced, Kim Raver, William Devane and Mary Lynn Rajskub will reunite with star Kiefer Sutherland to reprise their 24 roles in the new edition, set in London, taking up Jack Bauer’s story four years after the events of 24‘s final season and also playing out in real time.

24: Live Another Day is a production of Teakwood Lane Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television. Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, Manny Coto, David Fury, Robert Cochran, Brian Grazer, Jon Cassar and Kiefer Sutherland will executive produce. The original series, which had its last American broadcast on May 24, 2010, was created by Joel Surnow and Cochran. Judy Davis is represented by: ICM Partners and Ann Churchill Brown at Shanahan Management

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Manny Coto Joins ‘24: Live Another Day’ Team

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 2:00pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Add Manny Coto to the names of 24 team members who have been signed on to Fox’s real-time action drama’s event-series reboot. Coto has closed a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television and will join Evan Katz as an exec prod/ showrunner on 24: Live Another Day, from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine Television. Coto, who was an EP on 24 during its Fox run, is currently an exec prod/writer for Showtime’s Dexter. “Manny is an incredible talent who wrote some of 24’s greatest episodes, and we’ve been eager to develop with him ever since,” 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden said of WME-repped Coto.

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‘24’ Veteran Bob Cochran Joins ‘Live Another Day’ As Exec Producer

By | Tuesday July 9, 2013 @ 10:54am PDT

24: Live Another DayAdd Bob Cochran to the list of high-profile 24 co-creators returning to the Fox franchise’s upcoming event-series reboot. The Emmy-winning executive producer/showrunner Cochran will serve as executive producer of 24: Live Another Day. Cochran, whose credits also include co-creating the La Femme Nikita television series, most recently wrote the Starz pilot Pinkerton, based on the famous  19th century detective, Alan Pinkerton. He is repped by APA and Gendler & Kelly’s Michael Gendler. Fox in May announced Kiefer Sutherland has closed a deal for the event series at its upfront presentation in New York City. The continuation was pitched to Fox by longtime 24 showrunner Howard Gordon (now executive producer of Showtime’s Homeland). His 20th Century Fox TV-based Teakwood Lane is co-producing with original series producers Imagine TV and 20th TV. It’s one of two event series the network unveiled at its upfront confab — the other being M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines starring Matt Dillon.

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‘24’ Veteran Evan Katz Joins ‘Live Another Day’ As EP, Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.

Related: Jon Cassar To Executive Produce & Direct ’24: Live Another Day’

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. Read More »

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Q&A: Imagine’s Brian Grazer On ‘Arrested Development’ & ’24′s Comebacks, More ‘Development’ In Works & New Projects

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 11:48am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Imagine Television is not giving up easily on its shows. Within the past year, the production company of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard managed to revive both of its signature series, the Emmy-winning Arrested Development and 24. Arrested Development got a new season on Netflix, while 24 is coming back as an event series for Fox. Both were able to do it with their key auspices and stars on board. Imagine now has five shows on the air, a record for the 20th TV-based company. They are returning NBC dramedy Parenthood, which landed the high-profile Thursday 10 slot for fall, new dramas Gang Related on Fox, from hot Fast & The Furious writer Chris Morgan, and Those Who Kill on A&E starring Chloe Sevigny, as well as Arrested and 24: Live Another Day. The company also has an animated presentation at Fox with 50 Cent loosely based on the rapper’s childhood and Conquest, a sweeping period drama at Showtime that has Howard attached to direct. In an interview, Grazer and Imagine TV president Francie Calfo talk about how Arrested Development and 24 came back, whether there would be another season of Arrested, how 24 foreshadowed the era of binge-viewing and what new projects the company is working on, including a hybrid comedy/reality presentation for Fox.

DEADLINE: Arrested Development‘s new season premiered more than seven years after the last original had aired on Fox. How were you able to resurrect the show and bring everyone back?
BRIAN GRAZER: It was an unified effort that was spearheaded by Mitch Hurwitz, Arrested Development‘s creator, producer and sometime director, and Ron Howard. They kept their arms wrapped around the subject of Arrested Development and were able to keep the team of actors unified, wanting to do the show. The key was finding a way to unlock it logistically. Gratefully, Mitch did. A lot of it was made possible by the success of the DVDs, which kept the show alive in the hearts of the minds of its core audience. Arrested Development is one of those shows that is one of the first things someone walking into our offices talks about, there has been such a desire for the show. Luckily, Ted (Sarandos) had the same experience on Netflix.

DEADLINE: Netflix executives recently indicated that they’re open to another season of Arrested Development. Will we see Season 5?
GRAZER: It’s up to Ted. If Ted is into it, we would be very excited то pursue it.
FRANCIE CALFO: It’s also up to Mitch, who is probably resting right now as he put everything he had into these episodes and hasn’t had a chance to think beyond that.

DEADLINE: What about the Arrested Development movie, which the new season was intended to lead to?
GRAZER:We’re hoping that we could do that; the popularity of the series will inform that decision. Read More »

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’24′ Alum David Fury Signs Overall Deal With 20th TV, Joins ’24: Live Another Day’

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EXCLUSIVE: Former 24 executive producer David Fury has closed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the Emmy-winning real-time Fox drama. Under the pact, Fury will become the first writer to join the upcoming Fox event series 24: Live Another Day, joining former 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, who is behind the new installment. Additionally, Fury is working on the high-profile FX drama project Tyrant, executive produced by Gordon and produced by 20th TV’s cable division Fox 21. “We are huge fans of David at this studio and are thrilled to welcome him back,” 20th TV chairman Dana Walden said. “Howard Gordon has a shortlist of writers whom he relies on enormously, and David is one of them. He was hugely important to 24 over the course of its run, and bringing him back for Live Another Day was quite frankly a no-brainer.” During his stint on 24, WME-repped Fury shared in the series’ best drama series Emmy, as he did for ABC’s Lost, where he served as co-executive producer and received a writing nomination for the episode “Walkabout.” He also served as co-executive producer on Fringe and executive producer on the 20th TV-produced Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

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Kiefer Sutherland Signs On For More ’24′, New Limited Series Is A Go At Fox

By | Monday May 13, 2013 @ 5:28am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

24 Kiefer Sutherland ReturnsJack Bauer is back! I’ve learned that, after marathon negotiations, Kiefer Sutherland has closed a deal for a new installment of 24 on Fox. With him on board, I hear Fox has greenlighted the real-time drama as a limited series and will announce it during its upfront presentation today. The continuation is a brain child of longtime 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, now executive producer of Showtime’s Homeland. His 20th Century Fox TV-based Teakwood Lane will co-produce the new 24 alongside original series producers Imagine TV and 20th TV, with Imagine’s Brian Grazer returning as executive producer. This will mark Fox’s second event series under the network’s push into that arena, joining the just-greenlighted M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines starring Matt Dillon.
Related: ’24′ Eyes Return As Limited Series On Fox

CAA-repped Sutherland most recently starred on the Fox/20th TV drama Touch. The original 24 was created by Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran, who executive produced with Gordon, Brian Grazer, Sutherland, Evan Katz and Tony Krantz. At the 2006 Emmys, the show won five awards, including best drama series and best actor in a drama series for Sutherland.

Related: Fox 2013-14 Schedule

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’24′ Eyes Return As Limited Series On Fox, Howard Gordon To EP, Kiefer Sutherland In Talks To Star

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 4:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

24 Returning Kiefer Sutherland FoxThe clock may start ticking again on Fox. I’ve learned that the network is looking to bring back its signature real-time drama 24 as a limited series. Kiefer Sutherland is in talks to reprise his Emmy-winning role as Agent Jack Bauer. No deals are in place, but Fox is eying 24 as part of its recent push in limited event series. Since 24 ended its eight-season run on Fox in 2010, there have been efforts to continue the story as a feature, which ultimately didn’t take off. I hear the idea to do another 24 chapter on TV came from longtime 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, now executive producer on Showtime’s Homeland. I hear he pitched the plan, which would start from scratch with a new story arc, to 24 producers 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine TV as well as Fox, which all jumped on board. Gordon will likely executive produce through his 20th TV-based company Teakwood Lane. In addition to Homeland, Gordon executive produces the newly picked up TNT series Legends and high-profile FX pilot Tyrant, which is being directed by Ang Lee. Sutherland most recently starred on the Fox/20th TV drama Touch, which is being cancelled after two seasons. The original 24 was created by Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran, who executive produced with Gordon, Brian Grazer, Sutherland, Evan Katz and Tony Krantz. At the 2006 Emmys, the show won … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: India’s ‘24’, ITV Shifts Mike Blair, iTunes Prices In Oz, Plus JFK & Afghan Docs

Clock To Start Ticking For Indian ’24′
Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor is getting to work on the Indian version of the TV series 24. The actor, who was featured in the final season of Fox/20th TV’s real-time drama, will produce via his Anil Kapoor Film Co. He’ll also play the Jack Bauer character, now reportedly named Jai Singh Rathod, in the local take. According to BollywoodLife, production was due to kick off this week at Kapoor’s Stage 21 studio near Mumbai. Delhi Belly director Abhinay Deo is helming the series and Rensil D’Silva, who’s directing Sanjay Dutt’s Ungli, is scripting. The local broadcast partner is Viacom-owned Colors. Kapoor will next be seen on the big screen in Shootout At Wadala directed by Sanjay Gupta.
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DirecTV Audience Network To Air ’24′ Beginning Jan. 7

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 10:50am PST

The network will premiere the Kiefer Sutherland-starring drama series on Monday, January 7 at 8 PM and air all eight seasons of the Emmy-winning Fox drama in HD Monday through Thursdays. The television movie 24: Redemption will air in advance of Season 7, DirecTV said. It’s the latest move for the satellite provider’s Audience Network, which is now in production on its first original series Rogue starring Thandie Newton, and rescued NBC’s Friday Night Lights and FX’s Damages. It also has been rumored to be among the networks interested in reviving AMC’s The Killing, which was cancelled in September. A production of 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television, 24 was created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran and premiered on Fox in 2001.

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ABC Buys Adventure Drama From Evan Katz, Chris Morgan And Temple Hill

By | Thursday September 27, 2012 @ 6:39pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Former 24 executive producer Evan Katz has sold an untitled heist drama to ABC through ABC Studios and Marty Bowen & Wyck Godfrey’s studio-based Temple Hill (Revenge). It is described as a fun, twisty adventure about members of a former army special forces team who are betrayed, and decide to become thieves, in order to go after the people who are responsible for the deaths of their friends. The idea for the project was brought to Katz by Twilight producer Temple Hill and feature writer Chris Morgan (Fast Five). It stems from the deal Katz inked with ABC Studios in June, which included him developing a script in addition to joining the studio’s ABC drama Body Of Proof as executive producer/showrunner. Read More »

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‘Homeland’ Producer Howard Gordon Notes “Stirrings” On ’24′ Movie: TCA

By | Monday July 30, 2012 @ 6:36pm PDT

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Claire Danes Damian Lewis Homeland TCAAt today’s TCA panel on Showtime‘s Homeland, co-creator and executive producer Howard Gordon was asked about another on-again, off-again project: Whether there is still a chance of a 24 movie. He says yes — possibly. “My understanding of that is, having gone quiet in a way that I didn’t think boded well for that, there’s been some stirrings recently, so I think it’s something everyone’s gunning for,” said Gordon, also an executive producer of 24. “As far as whether my work on [Homeland] will impede that — not at all. There’s a script that’s been written, and I think the issues now are more about the director’s schedule and Kiefer’s [Sutherland] schedule.”

Related: Intrigue Behind Stopping The Ticking Clock On ’24′ Movie

After the panel, which also included executive producer Alex Gansa and series stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Morena Baccarin, Gordon also had a comment about the failure of the NBC series Awake, on which he was also an executive producer. “I knew it was a very steep challenge,” he said.

But back to Homeland, whose new season will open with two episodes shot in large part in Israel, standing in for Beirut. Aside from questions about the development of the lead characters, questions arose about whether Danes’ pregnancy would affect production. “We’re about midway (through Season 2), we’re shooting Episode 6; this hasn’t run into any interference,” Danes said. She added that the physicality of her role had her a “little concerned” at first, but “it’s proven to be a non-issue. All is well and Carrie remains fervently nonpregnant.”

Related: Comic-Con: ‘Homeland’ Heading Back To Middle East For Season 2 Read More »

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Kiefer Sutherland On Getting ’24′ Movie Made: “We’re Still Trying”

By | Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 11:22pm PDT
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20th Century Fox Puts ’24′ Movie On Hold

My colleague Mike Fleming yesterday broke the news of the long-gestating 24 movie being put on hold over scheduling, budgetary and other financial issues. (Star Kiefer Sutherland has a short window between the time he wraps production on the first season of his new Fox series Touch and the time he has to be available for Season 2 should the show be renewed.) On NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno tonight to promote Touch, Sutherland addressed the delay, noting that he and the movie’s producers are still hoping to mount production this year. “We’re trying to fit a lot of moving parts…We’re still trying,” he said. “If we don’t get into this slot, we’ll do it next year.” Here is the video:

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