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24 could return without Kiefer Sutherland

24, Day 7

Story by Jack Foley

24 could return without its leading man Kiefer Sutherland, it has been revealed.

The possibility was mooted by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs, during the Television Critics’ Association’s winter press tour on Saturday, January 17, 2015, when they also discussed the possibility of reviving classic programmes such as The X-Files and Prison Break.

24 enjoyed a successful revival in 2014 for a limited series set in London. It did, however, once again place Suthlerland at its centre and ended with the type of cliffhanger that suggested a further adventure could follow.

But while Newman and Walden said there were no current plans for another run, Fox has heard a pitch for another run for 2016 that could occur without Sutherland’s involvement, especially as the actor himself has been keen to retire the role of Jack Bauer.

Newman told reporters: “We would love nothing more than to do another 24. That’s a constant focus for us.”

And commenting on the absence of Sutherland, she continued: “We have discussed it with him. Potentially, he won’t be in this installment, we’re not sure yet. We’re not that far along but I know he supports us doing more 24.

“We’re not talking about continuing the show without him; we’re talking about whether there’s one installment that he’s not in.”

Walden believes the format of 24, with its real-time, race against the clock scenarios, would be more than enough to keep viewers hooked. And she also pointed to the number of strong supporting characters the show has continually created, not least in the recent one-off event series.

“I look at everyone that surrounded Kiefer in that last installment — I think it could work,” she concluded.

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