Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24

After a stint as a serial killer on Showtime’s Dexter, Yvonne Strahovski is returning to the spy life. The Chuck alumna has signed on for Fox’s event series 24: Live Another Day, becoming one of several newcomers to the franchise. Original series stars Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, and William Devane are set to reprise their roles.

As for when we’ll get to see all this talent in action, Fox has finally confirmed a spring date for the 12-episode run. Hit the jump for premiere dates for 24, Surviving Jack, Gang Related, and Seth MacFarlane‘s Cosmos, plus more details on Strahovski’s role.

Update: Keep reading for new comments from Sutherland and executive producer Evan Katz on the plot of the miniseries and the possibility of a follow-up film.

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Judy Davis Joins ’24: Live Another Day’

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Judy Davis is a superb actress, and for quite a few years we didn’t see her in new roles very often. She’s been more busy of late, and now she’s got what could be her highest-profile gig in a while, and one which could lead to a lot more work. Davis will play Margo, variously described as an “arms dealer” and “a British national and the widow of a notorious terrorist,” in the 24 sequel mini-series Live Another Day.

The show is set to air in the spring on Fox, with Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Raver, William Devane and Mary Lynn Rajskub all reprising their original roles. The new limited series will, like original seasons of 24, play out in real time.

The show takes place four years after the end of the original series. producer Evan Katz recently explained “We wanted the show’s return to be an event, and part of that was putting Jack in a very different context. Four years ago, we left Jack a fugitive from justice and we’re going to pick him up four years later in London.” [Variety]

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One of the main challenges producers faced in bringing back the hit show 24 and its hero Jack Bauer was making the return an event worthy of the original show. Since Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland, has saved the country and world numerous times, 24: Live Another Day has to do something special.

Turns out the first part of that escalation will be a wholly new setting. When the show comes back in May 2014 for a 12-episode run, Jack Bauer will be in London and four years will have passed since his last adventure with Counter Terrorism Unit. Read More »

Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian in 24 season 8

Mary Lynn Rajskub‘s Chloe O’Brian wasn’t even introduced until the third season of 24, but she quickly established herself as a fan favorite and an integral part of the thriller series. The numbers bear that out, too. She appeared in 125 episodes of the show, more than any character not named Jack Bauer.

Put simply, it just isn’t 24 without Chloe — which is why fans should be thrilled to learn that she is, in fact, coming back for the limited sequel series 24: Live Another Day. More on Rajskub’s casting after the jump.

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Get ready for Arrested Development‘s triumphant return this weekend with these four more clips from the new season. Also after the jump:

  • David Fury will return for 24: Live Another Day
  • David Slade will direct Ronald Moore’s Helix
  • DirecTV’s Full Circle adds Buffy and FNL alums
  • CCH Pounder joins Sons of Anarchy
  • FX’s The Bridge sets a premiere date
  • See new pics from The Killing Season 3
  • CBS picks up Bad Teacher for midseason
  • Check out trailers for their other new shows
  • Netflix “would love” more Arrested Development
  • See four more clips from Season 4

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Jack Bauer will officially live another day. The counter-terrorism superhero who worked his way through eight seasons of 24-hour madness before the series ended in 2010 will return in May 2014. The new show is a 12-hour limited event called 24: Live Another Day. Kiefer Sutherland has officially signed on to return to the role, which will follow the same 24-hour format of the original series, but condensed to 12 hours, with uneventful hours skipped. Read More »

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Update: Entertainment Weekly has learned that the ”limited event series” in the works for 24 is actually an order for 13 one-hour episodes. While 24 has always functioned as a 24-hour story spread over 24 episodes, 13 episodes is a full season for a lot of television shows. So it will be interesting to see how developing 24 as a 13-episode limited event series will change the franchise.

Since 2007, we’ve written over three dozen posts on a possible 24 movie. It was something the creators were talking about while the show was still in production. Later it got pushed as an “end of series” theatrical movie. But that never happened, and the series has struggled to get a green light.

Most recently, Training Day director Antoine Fuqua dropped off the project because, according to Fuqua, Kiefer Sutherland‘s busy TV schedule got in the way of it happening. Today we learned that Sutherland’s Fox television show Touch has been cancelled after two seasons. And while this might not have been enough to bring Jack Bauer to the big screen, it may mean a small screen return.

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Since 24 ended in 2010, it feels like we’ve gotten new promises every few months that a movie sequel is really and truly on its way. A screenwriter was hired before the series even ended, putting the project on track to shoot in 2011… which turned into spring 2012… and then spring 2013.

Now we’re in spring 2013, and there still doesn’t seem to have been a whole lot of progress. So it’s unsurprising, if a little disappointing, that director Antoine Fuqua is saying it’s “not happening” at all, or any rate not with him. Hit the jump for more.

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