Fox executives said Monday that its drama “24″ is returning next May for a limited run that will stretch into the summer. The adventure series with Kiefer Sutherland starring as Jack Bauer ended its original run in 2010.
While I admit that the last few seasons weren’t very good (they still brought us moments like this), I’m excited to see Jack Bauer on my television again. 12 episodes is perfect because one of the biggest problems with 24 was all the filler that was required to make this show last for 24 hours. With half that number, we can get to the heart of the matter quickly (at least that’s the hope).
I think I’ll have to end my retirement from recapping 24 episodes.
I’ll still watch for cool shit like Jack pulling a knife out of his gut and flinging it into someone’s neck across the room or Jack getting caught by Russians and just wait to see how long before he turns the tables (45 minutes) but, otherwise, the less said about this season, the better
But I don’t watch 24 for realism or because it’s supposed to be in real-time (C’mon, Jack made it from Queens to the city close to rush hour with the president in town in less than an hour). I watch it because it’s like going to a big budget movie every week where shit blows up and bad guys get killed. I watch it because Jack Bauer is one of the greatest television characters EVER created. Even if the show around him is silly and the situations repeat, Kiefer Sutherland makes it work giving Bauer the correct amount of pathos and intensity to a man who has killed 230 people in 8 season and one TV movie and may regret 20% of those kills.
Anyway, I wrote all this to say, I’ll just be doing bulletpoints this season of any awesomeness and the kill count.
Also to say, JACK BAUER KILLED A MAN WITH FIRE AX TO THE CHEST!!!
This is going to be a mess. With a bunch of shows doing delayed returns (not coming back until March/April), it’s hard to discern what I’m going to be able to watch live and what I’ll be watching via the internet. So I’m just going to list them all with their return date. Just know that some how, some way I will try to watch all these shows.
8:00 – 8:30 PM: The Simpsons (1/3): What will it take for me to stop watching this show.
8:00 – 9:00 PM: The Pacific (3/14): I own Band of Brothers and still haven’t watched it. That’s a damn shame
9:00 – 9:30 PM: Family Guy (1/3)
9:30 – 10:00 PM: Sons of Tuscon (3/14): The only reason I’m giving this a chance is because it stars Tyler Labine, the main reason I watched Reaper 9:00 – 10:00 PM: Big Love (1/10)
10:00-11:00 PM: Breaking Bad (3/21)
8:00 – 8:30 PM: How I Met Your Mother (1/11)
8:00 – 9:00 PM: Life Unexpected (1/11): It’s supposed to be good
8:00 – 9:00 PM: House (1/11)
8:00 – 9:00 PM: Chuck (1/10 premiere, regularly airs on Monday)
9:00 – 10:00 PM: Gossip Girl (3/8)
9:00 – 10:00 PM: 24 (1/17 premiere, regularly airs on Monday)
9:00 – 10:00 PM: Parenthood (3/1): It sucks that Maura Tierney had to drop out but Lauren Graham as a replacement is great
9:30 – 10:00 PM: The Big Bang Theory (1/11)
10:00 – 11:00 PM: Castle (1/11)
10:00 – 11:00 PM: Damages (1/25)
10:00 – 11:00 PM: Greek (1/25)