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24 return confirmed by Fox as 12-episode event series

Kiefer Sutherland, 24

Story by Jack Foley

24 is officially being revived by Fox as a 12-episode event series.

The continuation of the series – which spanned 192 episodes and a TV movie from 2001 to 2010 – will be produced by its former showrunner, Howard Gordon, of Homeland fame. And Kiefer Sutherland is returning as Jack Bauer.

The reboot, dubbed 24: Live Another Day, will reportedly tell a 24-hour story over 12 episodes that jump hours. It is being readied for viewing in May 2014.

Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed the news to reporters early Monday during a conference call ahead of the network’s upfront presentation.

He said: “24 compressed over 12 weeks, Jack is back!”

He added that 24 will mark Fox’s first limited run series with the potential for additional closed-ended stories in the franchise.

“The [event series] franchise is less than six months old and we’re getting a who’s who of Hollywood in the door to participate in this,” Reilly went on to say.

The revival of 24 as a limited series comes a year after hopes for a big-screen adaptation faded over budget difficulties and Sutherland’s shooting schedule on Touch. That show has now been cancelled after two seasons.

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