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May 14, 2013  | by: Jara Montez



Today, I learned a very important lesson:

Santa is real, kids!

Jolly Ol’ St. Nick decided to bring back the one thing that me, and a massive fan base have been asking for for three years. Rudolph & Co. had to travel deep into the trenches, over the bureaucratic nature of the industry, and swerve over failed movie promises. But they did it. They did it, and I’m more than thrilled to announce that “24″ is officially returning to television.


Confirmed by Fox Entertainment Chairman, Kevin Reilly on Monday,  the hit series which ended in 2010 is returning May 2014 under the new moniker,  ”24: Live Another Day”.

Kiefer Sutherland, aka Jack Bauer, lent his excitement in an official statement:

The response to ‘24’ is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before. 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. See you soon.

The emotions! The feels! This is really happening. More clock ticks, covert operations, double crossers, and of course the infamous  ”Dammit!” line.

P.S. Fox, if you’re reading this, please don’t spoil the moment by adding Kim Bauer to the cast. Ugh.






Let’s discuss this phenomena, though.

“24″ now joins the list of shows that were brought back to television after a supposed end. The most recent example of this is of course, “Arrested Development”. Cancelled, then revived by Netflix, the show is stirring up much buzz, and has fans eagerly anticipating the premiere in two weeks.Why is this going to be successful? They’re cashing in on what people used to enjoy. It’s like the equivalent of bringing back the “Rugrats”, or “Clarissa Explains it All” (for all you 90′s babies). People are guaranteed to watch it because they are already involved in the show. It’s  comforting to already know the characters,  the background, the plot, and be able to jump in with ease, without having to learn new people etc., etc. Why do you think books turned into shows and movies are so successful? (Ahem, “Game of Thrones” and (Harry Potter..)





Now, Fox, has decided to bring back its Emmy winning series.”24: Live Another Day”. It’s not only a revival of the past, but it’s premiering in the summer. The summer, which is usually implied to be the slot for not-so-interesting shows to prosper (or not). But now, this season is set to host  ”Arrested Development” and “24″. Granted,the “Arrested Development” episodes are all premiering at once, but Netflix very well could have decided to premiere them during the more excepted Fall lineup. Does the summer lineup now have as much potential for success as the Fall?

Who knows. But the way we’re viewing television is definitely changing. Slowly but surely, this “prime time-weekly slot-Fall programming” archetype will become obsolete. And since this is the second major reboot in the past few years, will series finales now be viewed as “see you laters” instead of an end to the franchise? So many questions, and only time will be able to completely answer them, but TV is definitely moving in a new direction.

On a more eccentric-diehard-obsessed fan level, if they were able to do it with “Arrested Development”, and now “24″…PLEASE LET “LOST” BE NEXT. PLEASEEEEEE.


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