The Fox network on Monday announced that “24: Live Another Day,” the 12-episode event series inspired by the popular show, will premiere with a two-hour instalment at 8 p.m. on May 5 and will also feature Gbenga Akinnage, who played the notorious Chris Partlow in ‘The Wire’.
Set and shot in London, the new series, which will be in a 12-episode format as opposed to the 24-episode format fans are used to, will again feature the indestructible agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) as he, once again, attempts to thwart a terrorist attack that “could change the world forever.” Although the series will span only 12 hours, the story will still take place over a 24-hour period.
“I’m about as anxious and wound up as I have been in a long time,” Keifer Sutherland told reporters, explaining that he feels pressure to not let down fans.
Producers said the new series will pick up four years after the finale of the weekly series with Jack as a highly wanted fugitive on the run. A CIA agent played by Yvonne Strahovski (“Chuck”; “Dexter”) has made it her mission to catch him. During that chase, Jack will come back into contact with
longtime ally Chloe O’Brian (Rajskub), who, at this point, will not be much of an ally to Jack as fans have known her to be in previous series.
“She’s more of a radical, Snowden-type character,” explained executive producer Manny Coto.
The hunt, added Coto, will lead to London, the “site of some pretty crazy events.”
Also reprising their roles from the original series will be Kim Raver and William Devane. Newcomers, in addition to Gbenga Akinnagbe include Judy Davis, Giles Matthey, Strahovski, and Michael Wincott.
Rajskub said that, after reading scripts for the first two episodes, she was “on the edge of my seat and wanting more.”
Production on “24: Live Another Day” begins in England in two weeks.