Kiefer Sutherland 24 Series Finale Interview
24: Live Another Day DVD/Blu-Ray Promo (HD)
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In the highly anticipated season finale, the clock ticks toward the final seconds of Jack Bauer’s most heroic day. As the world teeters on a terror plot of mass proportions, Jack and the team reunite one last time to avert an imminent international crisis. With little time left and the fate of the free world on the line, Jack is faced with an unthinkable and grave decision. Lives will be lost and the American administration will grapple with the day’s most devastating news as the clock stops in the all-new “Day 9: 10:00 PM – 11:00 AM” Event Series Finale episode of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY airing Monday, July 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
The final episode of 24: Live Another Day is set to premiere July 14, which may also mark the final episode of the series, with no firm plans yet for the show to continue. Live Another Day, described as a limited-event television series, joins eight full seasons of the show and one television film — Redemption — for more than 200 episodes spanning from 2001 to 2014.
But if the show is truly ending for good this time, what does that mean for the actors who have played your favorite characters from 24? Here are nine of the biggest actors from Live Another Day and where you can find them next after the finale.
1. Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland has now played agent Jack Bauer for over a decade, starring in more than 200 episodes of the series plus the TV movie 24: Redemption. But despite the positive reception for Live Another Day, it looks as though there’s a strong chance that this will be the last time Sutherland takes on the role.
Up next for Sutherland are lead roles in the TV movie Marked and Forsaken, the second of which he’ll be acting alongside his father, Donald Sutherland. He is also set to do voice acting for the video game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, in which he will lend his voice to the lead character Big Boss.
Jack Bauer going H.A.M. on London has finally come to an end. Showrunners Manny Coto and Evan Katz discuss that wild finale, the show’s politics, and where we’ll see Bauer go next. [Warning: Spoilers.]
It had been four long years since we’d seen Jack Bauer, the hell-hath-no-fury rogue CTU agent, wreak havoc on all matter of terrorists and other assorted scum. But, after talk of a Hollywood feature film and even rumblings of a Die Hard/24 crossover mega-movie, we were treated to 24: Live Another Day—an action-packed 12-episode Fox miniseries.
Fans around the world cheered when they learned that ’24′ would be seen on their television screens again. Kiefer Sutherland’s modern cowboy ‘Jack Bauer’ was going to ‘Live Another Day’, as the subtitle of the ninth season shouted. Now, with only one episode of this Fox show remaining, everyone is wondering if Day 10 could follow?
Terrific villains have always made this specific small-screen flick highly compelling. 2014′s story arc, which initially focused upon ‘Margot Al-Harazi’ (Michelle Fairley), was outstanding. The inclusion of hijacked drones was a sharp way to weave topical concepts into the current script. Earlier hours of Day 9 also allowed ‘Chloe O’Brian’ (Mary Lynn Rajskub) to discover that ‘Adrian Cross’ (Michael Wincott) wasn’t a total bad guy after all and enabled her to find a way back to the light.
Pulling emotional chords, by having Kim Raver (‘Audrey Raines’) and William Devane (‘President Heller’) reprise their skillfully written roles, allowed ‘Jack’s’ vulnerable side to be seen anew. That personal element rounded Sutherland’s character from Day 1 and helped elevate that actor from a strong on-screen hero into an indelible star.
Benjamin Bratt (‘Steve Navarro’) hid his inner mole until just the right moment of reveal. Of course, justice was masterfully delivered a short time later via ‘Jack’s’ inspired set-up, which cleverly allowed the charismatic ‘Kate Morgan’ (Yvonne Strahovski) to find some sense of closure.
Meanwhile, ‘Mark Boudreau’ (Tate Donovan) was forced to take responsibility for his treasonous actions. He actually displayed a strong spine during his forced infiltration of ‘Anatol Stolnavich’s’ (Stanley Townsend) compound. Despite ‘Boudreau’s’ actions, that connection refused to reveal needed information before his Russian expiration date.
Viewers were recently surprised to learn that ‘Cheng Zhi’ (Tzi Ma) was behind the evil all along. That falsely-presumed dead man delivered on his intent to pit China against the United States in a potentially world-altering game of battleship. With missiles already fired, there’s no telling how episode 12 might close.
The following plot-pointed questions are also hanging off London’s cliff: Who’s inside the flag-draped coffin that was teased last week? Can ‘Jack’ prove that ‘Cheng’s’ revenge game is real? Will ‘Audrey’ and ‘Jack’ reunite by the time Day 9 ends if all major plot points have somehow been resolved?
Surely fans of ’24′ and of this genre in general hope to see the series extend, even in just event form. TV ratings have held their own to-date and the unique relevance of this series is still smartly in order.
The latest view of ‘Jack’s’ world offered another glimpse of imposed justice on an ever-unbalanced world. And, that’s a key reason why this production was, is and will forever be a masterpiece of the small screen.