In three and a half months, Jack Bauer will be back on TV when FOX debuts “24: Live Another Day.”
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub and the show’s producers came to the TCA winter press tour Monday (Jan. 13) to talk about the show’s return — and they were not shy about sharing details. Here’s what you can expect from the show, which premieres May 5:
Where’s Jack? “Live Another Day” is set in London, four years after the events of “24’s” last season. As he was then, Jack (Sutherland) is a fugitive, and the CIA — in the form of an agent played by Yvonne Strahovski (“Chuck,” “Dexter”) — is after him.
“What will come into play is a character [Strahovski] who is a CIA agent who’s been on the hunt for Jack Bauer,” executive producer Manny Coto says. “The show will open with that dynamic … and in their minds Jack is a fugitive of high order.”
Jack has a mission. “When Jack re-enters the story on his own terms, we will learn he has a mission. Whether it’s a good mission or a dark mission, or he’s fighting on the side of good, we don’t know.”
Chloe = Edward Snowden. Chloe O’Brian (Rajskub) has been “damaged” by her association with Jack, and when we meet her again, she and Jack will be adversaries. “At the very beginning of this show they’re pitted against each other by virtue of a set of circumstances,” Sutherland says. “That’s a dynamic Mary Lynn and I get to play that’s very exciting. It’s also something that’s going to evolve over the course of the show.”
Executive producer Howard Gordon also notes that Chloe has left CTU and become part of the “free information movement.” Think Edward Snowden and you’re on the right track.
The Hellers are back. As previously announced, Kim Raver and William Devane are returning to the show as Jack’s love interest, Audrey Heller, and her dad, James — who, incidentally, is now the president of the United States.
Are you excited for the return of “24”?