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I think it was Benjamin Franklin who coined the phrase "A Jack Bauer's day is only done when a Jack Bauer himself is done." And because that particular character has not yet bitten any bullets in the 24 universe, there is always the distinct possibility that we may see him again. It might happen sooner than you'd expect, too, as 24: Legacy executive producer Howard Gordon has revealed there is a plan in place to bring Jack back if actor Kiefer Sutherland can make it happen.

The basic story for 24: Legacy is already set in stone, but it sounds like there's still some writing and crafting to do for the rest of Season 1. Gordon knows that Sutherland isn't dead set against the reprisal idea, and according to Deadline, the writers already have a tentative arc set up for Jack Bauer if everything plays out. The plan would be to get him for a handful of episodes (at the outside) in the second half of the season, so that the schedule wouldn't conflict with that of his upcoming drama Designated Survivor, in which he'll play the president.

Yeah, it'd be pretty dumb of Howard Gordon and the rest of the creative team to decide that they definitely wouldn't want Jack Bauer around for the upcoming spinoff, since he basically is the franchise at this point. And for his part, Kiefer Sutherland has gone from claiming he was done with stopping fictional terrorists to saying he'd be open to some kind of a limited return when taking an executive producer role on the continuation. And that's exactly what it sounds like would be waiting for him if Sutherland opted to do it.

That's not that only bit of interesting exhaust coming out of the rumor mill, as it's apparently possible that other former 24 characters may appear on the spinoff as well. This is something that fans were obviously hoping for when the series was announced, but no familiar faces have been added to the cast yet, and no one at Fox has been open about seeking anyone out, either. So that's fantastic if it's indeed true, since Jack Bauer is hardly the only character from this tension-filled world that would be welcome on our screens again for 24: Legacy. I just want there to be a weekly poker game between President Palmer, Chloe, Tony and Aaron. I mean, we'd only see part of one session, but that'd be enough.

When it comes to the real story, 24: Legacy centers on Corey Hawkins' Eric Carter, an ex-Army Ranger fluent in black ops who returns to the U.S. from a mission and finds that the mission is not done with him. To keep his family safe, he must enlist the help of former CTU head Rebecca Ingram (Miranda Otto) and CTU itself to stop a serious threat from going through. The series also stars Jimmy Smits, Teddy Sears, Dan Bucatinsky, Ashley Thomas, Anna Diop and more.

24: Legacy will debut on Fox on (Super Bowl) Sunday, February 5, 2017. Head to the next page to watch the action-packed trailer for Season 1.

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