“The response to 24 is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before,” notes Kiefer Sutherland, who reset the iconic clock this week with the premiere of 24: Live Another Day, Monday nights on Fox TV. “To have the chance to reunite with the character, Jack Bauer, is like finding a lost friend. The story ideas from Howard Gordon are exciting and fresh, and will not disappoint. Make no mistake, my goal is to knock your socks off.” And, if the special two-hour launch is any indication, he will.
Set and shot in London, the 12-episode event series follows heroic agent Jack Bauer (Sutherland), now in exile, but still willing to risk his life to thwart an unthinkable terrorist attack that could change the world forever. Bauer’s exploits resume several years following the events of the previous series.
Sutherland not only stars in the show but he is the executive producer for the thrilling new outing of the groundbreaking and Emmy Award-winning drama franchise. It is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and Howard Gordon’s Teakwood Lane Productions.
The high-octane saga reunites showrunner Howard Gordon with Sutherland who recaptures the real-time, pulse-pounding, fast-paced format with split screens and complex interweaving storylines that was the hallmark of the original 24 series.
“Jack Bauer has always been an exciting, thrilling character, and I confess that I’ve missed him. I think the audience has too,” said executive producer Howard Gordon who served as showrunner for most of the series’ run and won multiple Emmy Awards for his work. “The character has evolved through the years, and this new and exciting event series format is perfect to tell the next chapter of his story and continue to reflect how the world is changing. Fans can rest assured that the Jack they know and love will be back.”
Imagine Television chairman Brian Grazer added, “I’m both excited and proud that Howard, Kiefer, and I, along with ours partners at 20th and Fox, have this new opportunity to give ‘24’ fans what they’ve been asking for – more Jack Bauer. It’s been my experience that people love Jack Bauer because he’s a guy who cuts through the red tape and gets the hardest things done. I am certain 24: Live Another Day will again have a huge impact on our culture.”
Originally premiering November 6, 2001, 24 was nominated for a total of 73 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Over eight seasons, Kiefer Sutherland garnered seven Emmy Award nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series. While the series gained global recognition, Sutherland’s portrayal of the legendary character penetrated the American psyche like no other dramatic television character to become part of the cultural lexicon.
In addition to 24: Live Another Day, Sutherland recently starred in the critically acclaimed The Reluctant Fundamentalist and was seen in Pompeii. This past summer, he filmed the western feature Redemption, alongside his father, Donald Sutherland.
Before his work on the FOX drama Touch, Sutherland won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and two SAG Awards for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his iconic role on 24. The show also won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama. The eighth and final season of 24 aired on FOX in 2010. 24: Redemption, a made-for-television movie that bridged Season Six and Season Seven of the drama, aired in 2008. The telefilm was nominated for five Emmy Awards, including one for Sutherland for Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.
In 2011, Sutherland made his Broadway debut as “James Daley” in the revival of Jason Miller’s Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, That Championship Season. The actor also starred in the 10-episode Hulu series The Confession as the unnamed hit man. He also did a voice in Dreamworks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens.
Early in his career Sutherland starred opposite Ray Liotta and Forest Whitaker in Article 99, and in the military drama A Few Good Men, opposite Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. Later, in 1994, he starred with Jeff Bridges and Nancy Travis in the American version of The Vanishing. His other film credits include Flatliners, Young Guns, The Lost Boys, At Close Range, and Stand By Me in 1986. Nowadays Sutherland splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.