New Season of 24 Airing Earlier than Expected

Series expected to start in April

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New Season of <i>24</i> Airing Earlier than Expected

The return of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day was reported to premiere in either May 2014 or later that summer, but showrunner Howard Gordon has confirmed to Assignment X that the 12-episode series will actually be arriving next April.

“We start in January, and we’re going through May, and we start airing in April,” Gordon replied when asked about the show’s schedule.

24 made its premiere in 2001, with each season taking place over one 24-hour period in the life of Jack Bauer, director of field ops for the counter-terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, and the upcoming miniseries will be paced in a similar way.

“Well, we’re going to take advantage of the time,” Gordon said. “The story will be twelve hours over a day, but we’ll take advantage of the fact that we can go from seven o’clock to nine o’clock.” Gordon also mentioned the possibility for a return of Mary Lynn Rajskub’s character Chloe, saying, “I hope so. As a fan, I absolutely hope so. The truth is, we’re at the beginning of the process. Things aren’t written in stone yet, so we’re not sure.”

He also revealed that the entire writing staff—David Fury, Manny Coto and Evan Katz—are on board, with Coto and Katz heading the show with Gordon.

Look for 24: Live Another Day on Fox in April.