Well, the good people at the Fox Network are doing their best to get loyal 24 fans into a tizzy. I hope they don’t think we’d forget all about the show because we have to wade through those pesky new fall programs that are NOT graced with all things Bauer? Jeez Louise, Fox – you’ve got to know that we all have those calendars, patiently marking down the days until January 14, 2007 8:00 PM ET. Instead of big red Xs, we’re using thumbnail photos of President Logan, a circle with a line through it superimposed over his scowling visage.
So, though fans need absolutely no reminding, we all do love a good tizzy now and then. Part of the fun of waiting for anything is to kibitz, commiserate and speculate on possible plot lines. Well, today, October 24, Fox is launching a sneaky peeky 24 trailer to tease us with glimpses of Season Six. They are also broadcasting it on the News Corporation’s Panasonic Astrovision screen in New York City’s Times Square. News Corporation is the Fox network’s parent company.
Wow, six years already? Could 24 be headed toward the category of long running shows such as The Simpsons, Seventh Heaven, Cheers, and ER? We’d love to see our crew be around for a long time, yet they only seem to thrive on disaster. That can’t be too good for their collective blood pressure or morale in general. And you know the general mood and characters are a bit too somber for real life.
There’ll never be a special Christmas episode on 24. Whatever small talk the characters indulge in is in some way directly correlated to the crises du jour. Their dialogue does not consist of idle chitchat inquiring after one’s families, bowling averages, or golf games (or even what was on TV last night). If Jack and Audrey ever tied the knot, it’d be to restrain some hostile so they can terrorize no more.
But something about the tick-tock, tick-tock – new development every commercial break – premise keeps us coming back with gusto. Even when the twists and turns take us right along the roller coaster rim of realism, we don’t care, and we get back in the queue for another ride.
Also along for another spin are returning CTU staffers, Bill Buchanan (James Morrison), Curtis Manning (Roger Cross), Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), Wayne Palmer (D.B. Woodside), and Karen Hayes (Jayne Atkinson). Audrey Raines will also return as long as Kim Raver can handle the balance between 24, and her new show, The Nine. Oh, and some dude named Jack Bauer (Emmy winner Kiefer Sutherland).
Of course, a new season requires new faces, too. New to 24 but familiar to us will be the faces of James Cromwell (Spiderman 3, I Robot, Six Feet Under, Babe), rumored to be Jack’s estranged ‘bad-guy’ father; Kal Penn -– of Harold and Kumar fame -– to play a terrorist or some sort of baddie; and Regina King (Ray, Jerry Maguire, Miss Congeniality 2) as Sandra Palmer. Other additions will be Peter MacNicol (Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope) and Chad Lowe (Unfaithful, Melrose Place, Life Goes On). So in a few hours, with Dramamine at the ready, fans will get their first whirl in the new season’s visual vertigo that is 24.