PASADENA, Calif. — They couldn’t keep Jack Bauer down.
After playing the nearly superhuman government agent for eight seasons on “24,” Kiefer Sutherland was ready to take a break. The series was draining. But he knew he would miss playing Bauer.
“I have never done anything in my career that has had such an explosive reaction by an audience,” Sutherland says.
Now he’s back in the role beginning Monday. Bauer walked into the sunset almost four years ago, but he returns with his own special brand of growling justice with “24: Live Another Day.”
Things are going to move a lot faster in this show. While it continues the format of events that unfold over 24 hours, the summer series will run only 12 hours. That means skipping hours to complete the day in half the time.
On this day, Bauer, who has been in deep hiding for years, surfaces at the time when the U.S. president is negotiating an important deal that needs the support of the prime minister of England. Bauer’s on the trail of those who want to kill the president.
It’s a familiar story for Bauer.
“Through almost every season we have followed as a back story the president of the United States. In this 12-hour arc, we’ll be following the president of the United States and the prime minister of England, which will be a very interesting look into how those deals, or how we perceive those deals, to be done,” Sutherland says. “Many times, what we perceive as some kind of treaty is involving things that we know nothing about. We’re examining that in the course of the show. So from every perspective — from visual to storytelling — it broadens the scope of the show. So for those reasons, I’m very, very excited.”