24 Day 7 Kicks Off This January One Sky One!

by Lisa McGarry

The clock is ticking for 24’s most anticipated season yet

It’s been two years since the last day of 24 dawned, but Jack Bauer is finally back in what promises to be the most adrenaline filled day of 24 yet. The long hiatus due to the 2007 writer’s strike has led to feverish levels of anticipation for the return of Jack and the ticking clock, and after the two-hour prequel 24: REDEMPTION, it’s time for 24 to return for good. Celebrating it’s milestone 150th episode in the fourth hour, 24 will again prove to be 24 hours of unmissable television when the series returns to Sky1 and Sky1 HD in mid January 2009.

In the action-packed prequel to Day 7, 24: REDEMPTION, Jack (Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Kiefer Sutherland) was last seen surrendering himself to the US government and returning to Washington to be tried for human rights violations incurred during his time at the now defunct CTU. Day 7 picks up three days into the trial, where Jack must justify his torture of certain individuals to the court. It’s not long before the hearing is interrupted by the FBI, who need Jack’s help with a national security crisis involving a face from his past. Jack’s day takes an unexpected turn when this face is revealed to be Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), who has been believed dead since Day 5. It’s not long before Jack is back to his old self and racing against the clock to prevent Tony’s terrorist plot from taking place. According to executive producer Howard Gordon, “Tony’s uncertain fate near the end of Day 5 left the door open for his return. Since there was no silent clock at the conclusion of his last appearance – the 24 tribute to a major character’s demise – we always kept this as a possibility.” Carlos Bernard added, “Having Jack and Tony on opposite sides is great for 24. Day 7 is going to be very interesting.”

In the White House, new president Alison Taylor (Cherry Jones, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Twelve) is continuing to deal with the crisis in Africa last seen in the prequel. The powerful General Benjamin Yuma (Tony Todd, Candyman) has slaughtered 200,000 of his own people and the President must take serious action – but at what cost? Taylor’s government will have to overcome the villainous Jonas Hodges (Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner Jon Voight, Deliverance, Ali) if they stand a chance of defeating the problems in Sangala.

Day 7 marks the introduction of many new characters, including FBI Special Agents Janis Gold (Jeneane Garofalo, The West Wing) and Renee Walker (Annie Wersching, General Hospital), plus the president’s son Roger Taylor (Eric Lively, The L Word) and his girlfriend Samantha Roth (Carly Pope, Dirt) reprising their roles from the prequel. Familiar faces back for Day 7 include Chloe O’Brien (Mary Lynn Rajskub, Little Miss Sunshine), Bill Buchanan (James Morrison, Six Feet Under), Aaron Pierce (Glenn Morshower, The West Wing) and Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert, Captivity).

Talking of how Jack’s character has gone through big changes, particularly following the events of Day 6, executive producer Howard Gordon explained that fans will see a different man in this season, commenting: “[Day 7 is] about Jack Bauer really looking at himself and his life for the first time with some sort of composure, and asking some very hard questions. It’s a very different world now than it was when it first started, and Jack’s a very different character now than he was when he began.”

The clock resets for Day 7 of 24. Beginning in Week 3 with two consecutive weeks of double bills, and running uninterrupted until the 24th hour, only on Sky1 and Sky1 HD.

A week prior to the brand new season, Sky1 and Sky1 HD are screening an exclusive 24 special hosted by superfan Jenni Falconer: 24 IN 24. Jenni will be visiting the Day 7 set to give viewers unprecedented access to their favourite drama series. The show will consist of 24 segments, including interviews with the cast, producers, writers, stuntmen and special effects, plus the wardrobe and continuity crews. Jenni is going undercover to reveal everything a die-hard Jack Bauer fan could possibly want to know about 24.

Sky2 will be giving viewers a chance to catch up on all the action. Day 5 will be screened back to back on Saturday 3 January, and Day 6 on Sunday 4 January. Plus on Sky1, viewers can catch a repeat of 24: REDEMPTION on Monday 5 January.

Day 7 kicks off on Monday 12th January 9:00pm – Sky1