At today’s TCA Winter press tour, FOX Chairman and CEO Dana Walden said that the network is considering another season of 24 for 2016 — but Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) may not be part of it.
Walden notes that it’s too early in the creative process to tell whether Sutherland will be involved or not. They are in regular contact with him and know that he supports them doing more 24, with or without him.
She said, “First of all, we’re not talking about continuing the show without Kiefer… We’re talking about whether there’s one installment that he’s not in. I think if the storytelling is exciting enough, that real-time element that the show really owns. So many of the production aspects are so unique to that show.”
Walden believes that, based on the creative team and some of the characters that have already been established, a season of 24 could be successful without Jack Bauer.
She added that, if Sutherland did bow out for a season, it doesn’t mean that he couldn’t return to the franchise in the future.
What do you think? Would you watch a season of 24 without Jack Bauer? If he didn’t return, which other characters would you like to see featured?