Disclaimer: This was an April Fools Day joke and isn’t real, but don’t you wish it was? Thanks to all those who shared this post and made it hugely successful. If you want to read last years prank, check out Justin Bieber joins cast of 24.
Update May 13, 2013: Two years after this April Fools prank, FOX has announced 24 is coming back as a limited miniseries titled 24: Live Another Day.
Surprising news – FOX has announced that 24 is coming back for another season. Here’s the full press release:
JACK BAUER CLOCKS BACK IN ON A BRAND NEW SEASON OF “24”
Emmy Award-winning series returns January 2012 with all new episodes
The innovative, addictive, Emmy Award-winning television series 24 resets the clock for “Day 9” with a special two-night premiere event beginning Sunday, Jan. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The season will unfold without repeats, airing all originals through the season finale in May.
Set six years after “Day 8”, Jack Bauer travels to Berlin to assist German Intelligence agent THEO STOLLER (Henry Ian Cusick) with his investigation of a former Nina Myers associate, KATARINE FISCHER (Franka Potente). The duo soon discover an imminent terrorist strike that could change the world forever in the explosive, special two-hour season premiere event airing Sunday, Jan. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (TWF-901/902) (TV-14 L, V)
Executive producer and showrunner David Fury said, “We originally planned to end the series with Day 8 but when it was time to record the DVD audio commentary, we couldn’t find a single cast or crew member willing to sit through the Dana Walsh scenes – not even Katee Sackhoff. So Kiefer and I both agreed that we would attempt to do one final, perfect season, this time without Howard Gordon’s poor ideas.”
“24 redefined the drama genre and created one of the most admired action icons in television history,” said Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Television simply hasn’t been the same without Jack Bauer and we are pleased to bring back a legend.”
“Playing Jack Bauer was the greatest experience of my life and I’m eager to get back into the role. I’m very excited about the new season being set in Europe as the fans there made this show a hit.” said Kiefer Sutherland.
The first promo will air during Game 2 of the 2011 World Series on FOX. A full-length trailer will premiere on November 6, 2011 – the tenth anniversary of 24 – exclusively at www.24trailer.com
FOX has also entered a licensing partnership with Red Bull to create “Bauer Fuel” a limited-edition energy drink that will keep “24” addicts adrenaline pumping all day long. Rovio Mobile will produce “Angry Bauer” a 24-themed version of popular mobile phone game Angry Birds.
24, created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, is a production of 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television. Jon Cassar will direct the season premiere. Production is scheduled to begin today, which is April Fools Day.