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For eight seasons, Fox’s 24 enticed viewers with a format set over the course of an hour, following Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer as he protected America from terrorism. New life was breathed into the series with 24: Live Another Day, but unfortunately it seems like Live Another Day was truly just a one-off event series. We won’t be getting any new seasons of 24 in the future, according to Kiefer Sutherland.
“Me, I don’t see going back to it. We had set out to do 12 episodes to end the show and deal with some of the past history of the show. It was also an irresistible opportunity to go shoot in England. So for all of those reasons it made sense to do that last season.”
He’s talking about Live Another Day, the 12-episode event series Fox aired this past summer that was well reviewed and crushed in the ratings—especially for a summertime show. Apparently, 24: Live Another Day was simply convenient, and Kiefer Sutherland doesn’t seem to think a premise that is quite that exciting or “irresistible” will pop up in the future.
Sutherland’s the only person who has appeared in every single episode of the 24 franchise, so it’s pretty important that he be involved should Fox decide to do another 24 event series in the future. The good news is, TV is rapidly changing. Shows that have been off the air for the better part of the decade, including Arrested Development, have found ways to be relevant again.
Additionally other shows, including the BBC’s Sherlock, have figured out how to create vivid and entertaining storytelling while managing to work around the busy schedules of the actors who are involved. Seriously, Sutherland, if Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch can find time to make Sherlock work, it seems like you could probably take some time away from your voicework on the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain game to make this happen if you really wanted to.
As it turns out, Sutherland’s not a fan of backing himself into a corner. The 24 hero also had this fun little snippet to add to the Telegraph.
“But I think I said the same thing at the end of season 8 so I would hate to be held to that.”
To another day, Kiefer Sutherland, to yet another day. It might not be what you're interested in doing right now, but when the world looks back on your career, this series is the first thing they'll remember. So, if another great idea comes along, it might be worth it to give fans one more taste. Besides, it's not like the world is ever going to run out of convincing bad guys who need to be handled.