24: Live Another Day: Yvonne Strahovski Joins the Cast to Hunt Jack, Chloe's an Edward Snowden Type, and More

By Jen Trolio

Jan 13, 2014

Hello from CTU I mean the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, where Kiefer Sutherland just tortured me until I said I'd tell you guys the details of the 24: Live Another Day panel I sat in on this morning. J/K I only barely got within headlock distance of Sutherland in the coffee line outside the hotel ballroom, and he was on his best behavior. However, I'll tell you what I learned nonetheless:

– The series will run for 12 hour-long episodes, kicking off with a two-hour premiere on Monday, May 5. The story will still cover a 24-hour period, however, giving producers the freedom to jump ahead on the clock as they see fit. 

– Live Another Day picks up four years after the events of the Season 8 finale, with Jack on the run. He's been a fugitive the whole time, and he's being hunted by a CIA agent who will stop at nothing to find him. 

– And that CIA agent will be played by Yvonne Strahovski! The Chuck and Dexter alum has joined Live Another Day as Kate Morgan, a "brilliant but impulsive" field operative in London, where the new season is set. As the season progresses, and Morgan gets closer and closer to Jack, that's when Chloe O'Brien will enter the picture.

– The producers said that when Chloe does make her entrance, we'll learn that she's quite damaged by the events of her past, on bad terms with Jack, and has turned against the government to become a "more radical, [Edward] Snowden-type character."

– We'll also learn that Jack has a mission, though details on what he's up to are scarce. But Sutherland promised "a large tableau set in London with some crazy events," apologizing in advance for any traffic headaches that filming, which starts soon, might cause. "Things will be blowing up—cars, double-decker busses, things like that" he said. 

– Asked whether any additional former cast members will be reprising their roles from the original series—so far we've got Sutherland as Jack Bauer (duh), Mary Lynn Rasjkub as my girl Chloe, Kim Raver as Audrey Raines, and William Devane as James Heller—the producers said they don't have any other announcements to make "for now," and noted that they've had to do plenty of due diligence with regard to which characters are even available to return from a story standpoint. "We keep looking at each other and going, are they dead?" said executive producer Evan Katz. "Sometimes we have to check Wikipedia."

– Sutherland expounding on what's cool about Live Another Day's London setting: "London has some landmarks that are unbelievably significant, and it'll be exciting to shoot with the Tower of London in the background." He didn't mention whether that the show will be blowing up that up, too, but went on to note that throughout every season, the show has somehow followed the president of the United States, and now Live Another Day can follow the president of the United States AND the prime minister of England. "Many times, some kind of treaty involves things we know nothing about, and we'll be examining that," he said. 

– Asked whether Live Another Day is using the same story idea that would've driven the long-rumored 24 movie, Sutherland explained that "the script for the film is very different," and that the film itself is "an ongoing kind of situation. Literally, [executive producer] Howard [Gordon] came up with an idea for a 12-episode run of this, and if it ends up rebooting the show or causing a film to be made, so be it." Later on the panel, when asked if he hopes that Live Another Day will result in a 24 reboot, he noted that "I didn't say I would be part of it."

– Perhaps inevitably, the producers were asked to weigh on any new similarities between 24 and Howard Gordon's other show, a little ditty you might have heard of called Homeland. "What's Homeland?" Manny Coto joked before saying that Homeland will have no influence on Live Another Day, noting specifically that the Jack/Chloe dynamic "resembles Carrie/Brody in no way at all."

– Sadly, since Live Another Day has yet to begin filming, there's no new footage to be seen.

Are you excited for this 24 "event"? What are you hoping to see in this new iteration of the franchise? 

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  • richardtigger Jan 25, 2014

    24 is an awsome series with full of action and Jack is very good in his role though we met new peoples in the cast we are getting familiar with those who made the shows a success.

  • boycesonia Jan 22, 2014

    Looking forward to it, will be good to see Jack again.

  • syedzul2001 Jan 16, 2014

    Looking forward to Jack's exploits.

  • faiqahsanmalik Jan 14, 2014

    Finally kiefer Sutherland at his best! Excited

  • rreeve Jan 14, 2014

    I just HOPE that James Heller isn't the President which he probably is by the sounds of it. Heller is portrayed as a good guy but I don't like him, not only did he torture his own son out of the closet, I'll never forgive him for punching jack in the neck when he had Logan's recording. Heller should have stayed at the bottom of that cliff imo.
    If I could choose a president, I would go with an unknown as all the decent candidates are dead.

    Anyway, I can't WAIT for more 24. Bit gutted it's not going to be 24 episodes because I used to love it when the plot shifted to a new threat. This is only possible when you have 24 episodes to play with.

    I wonder how many co-workers / Government employee's Jack is going to knock out and put to sleep this season. I love his signature headlock, "Don't fight it." haha
    Mind you, as this season is in London, Jack will need to be careful because in the UK, you only have to brush your shoulder past a co-worker and you'll be up on an employment tribunal thanks to the EU.

  • antdude Jan 14, 2014

    "Sadly, since Live Another Day has yet to begin filming, there's no new footage to be seen."?!?!?! "We're running out of time!"

  • thanatos34 Jan 14, 2014

    Yeah I can't remember who's alive and who's dead anymore either except for Jack and Chloe. I'm excited for this to see Jack running around with a new city as a backdrop. I think for 24, the city he is in is like another character.

  • jackwagon Jan 14, 2014

    Pretty much everyone else is dead except for Tony, who is locked up after being captured at the end of Season 7. The only other major cast member aside from him who's still alive is Kim, but I don't see how she'd fit into this miniseries.

  • thanatos34 Jan 14, 2014

    Oh yeah, I also thought this show would start airing in April and they still haven't started filming? They need to get on the ball with that. :P

  • antdude Jan 14, 2014

    "Damn it, Chloe. We're outta time!"

  • ddstephens Jan 14, 2014

    OMG I can't wait. 24 was one of my favorite shoot em up bang em up shows of all time. I know this is a appeasement to us fans that have waited for a 24 on the big screen that never came. What a shame... even though it is only 12 episodes I am very excited, I have been really missing me some Jack for a long time...welcome back Mr. Bauer indeed....

  • A2H Jan 14, 2014

    Shouldn't it be renamed to "12?" Or "24: Where every hour counts twice?"

  • antdude Jan 14, 2014

    Or 24/2. Hehe!

  • ChristinaGmit Jan 14, 2014

    So excited! Though I wish they would play up Michael Wincotts role more! I'm thinking he is probably the villain? He is fantastic in those kinds of roles (the crow, Robin Hood etc.) I'm looking forward to seeing him on screen again almost as much as Jack Bauer!

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