Coming this weekend is the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country that took place on September 11, 2001. Those attacks actually delayed, and almost cancelled a TV series that redefined a genre and became my favorite show of all time. You see, the subject matter hit too close to home. In November of 2001, Kiefer Sutherland introduced us to “Jack Bauer,” an agent for a fictional “Counter Terrorist Unit” on Fox’s “24.”
Each episode began with the reminder that the events of the next 60 minutes occur in real time. There were 8 seasons and a 2 hour movie between 2001 and 2010. Then, in 2014, “24: Live Another Day” returned as a limited series. At its conclusion, “Jack Bauer” was taken by helicopter by Russian officials to atone for sins from an earlier season-presumably in a Russian jail/institution. It was not a happy ending, but this was typical of “24” there were very few happy endings. That being said, it was an ending…and one that I was not excited about. Now, I have reason for excitement. According to a story in Deadline, Fox is in “active creative discussions” to bring back “24.” What that means, in terms of Sutherland’s involvement, is unclear. However, when a reboot of the series with a new character in the lead, “24: Legacy,” was tried in 2017, it was a failure. For this to be successful, Kiefer HAS to be involved. I just can’t wait to see where this road leads. Oh, and if you question my fandom, I hasten to turn your attention to this picture, of the publicity poster for Season One, that hangs in my office above where I’m writing this right now.