ABC Picks up Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! FOX Brings Back Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day!

Agents of SHIELD title treatment

ABC has officially ordered Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to series!  It’s unknown just yet if the new Joss Whedon produced show will start in the fall or mid-season but we should all know by tomorrow when ABC announces it’s 2013-14 TV line-up.  Whedon co-wrote and directed the pilot for the show which you can see a preview of in the embedded promo spot below.  Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Coulson, from Iron Man, Thor and The Avengers.  While Coulson appeared to have died in The Avengers, his return to the Marvel universe is currently being kept secret.

The extended promo spot looks pretty great and I’m pretty excited to see the pilot.  The show will air on Tuesdays at 8pm EST in the fall and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Whedon and company have in store for us. Angel fans will be pleased to know that J. August Richards, who played Gunn in that show, is in the pilot (not sure if he would play a reoccuring character or not in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

Here is the synopsis as provided by ABC:

Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D.  Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.  Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer, and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist.  Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).  From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot co-writers (Dollhouse, Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog); Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias); and Jeph Loeb (Smallville) comes Marvel’s first TV series.  Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

In another fun piece of TV news, FOX is bringing back Jack Bauer in the minseries revival of their hit show, 24.  I feel like 24 had a good run of eight seasons and had found a good stopping place with its final season.  That being said, I’ve missed Jack Bauer and there have been a slew of copycat characters on television that have failed to live up to the hard-edged, brutal hero.

I was pretty excited when it was announced that the return of Jack Bauer was being pursued on the big screen and when that idea fell apart, I was certain we wouldn’t see Jack Bauer again.  So it is both really exciting and interesting that 24 is coming back in this new shorter season to be aired in the summer of 2014, which is an interesting choice on FOX’s part.  With the new 12-episode format, I feel like the storylines can be more concise and allow for some tightly suspenseful episodes.  I’ll be tuning in for sure as I’ll be more than happy to watch Bauer take down some more bad guys.

24 returns to TV

Here is the press release from FOX:

Fox has ordered 24: Live Another Day, a thrilling new tent-pole event series set to restart the clock on the groundbreaking and Emmy Award-winning drama franchise starring Kiefer Sutherland. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and Howard Gordon’s Teakwood Lane Productions, 24: Live Another Day will make its historic debut in the summer of 2014 on Fox.

The announcement was made this morning by Kevin Reilly, Chairman, Fox Broadcasting Company; Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen, Twentieth Century Fox Television; and Brian Grazer, Chairman, Imagine Entertainment.

The high-octane saga will reunite showrunner Howard Gordon with Sutherland and retain the real-time, pulse-pounding, fast-paced format with split screens and complex interweaving storylines, with 12 episodes representing 24 hours. The suspenseful event series once again follows the exploits of heroic agent Jack Bauer (Sutherland), who will resume his story several years following the events of the final season.

“It’s great to have Jack back. 24 redefined the drama genre, and as we reimagine the television miniseries, this iconic show will again break new ground for the network,” said Reilly. “The series remains a global sensation, and everyone at Fox is thrilled to be back at work with Kiefer, Howard and the incredibly creative 24 team.”

“When Howard came to us saying he had an idea for a new chapter of 24, he quite simply had us at ‘hello,'” remarked 20th Century Fox Television Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden. “24 is a signature series for this studio, beloved by critics and audiences worldwide. Howard’s idea to revive the franchise as an event series couldn’t be timelier, and with the brilliant Kiefer Sutherland on board to reprise his iconic role, we can’t wait to get started.”

Added Imagine Television Chairman Brian Grazer, “I’m both excited and proud that Howard, Kiefer, and I, along with ours partners at 20th and Fox, have this new opportunity to give 24 fans what they’ve been asking for – more Jack Bauer. It’s been my experience that people love Jack Bauer because he’s a guy who cuts through the red tape and gets the hardest things done. I am certain 24: Live Another Day will again have a huge impact on our culture.”

“The response to 24 is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before,” noted Sutherland. “To have the chance to reunite with the character, Jack Bauer, is like finding a lost friend. The story ideas from Howard Gordon are exciting and fresh, and will not disappoint. Great thanks to 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and the FOX network for this opportunity. Make no mistake, my goal is to knock your socks off. See you soon.”

“Jack Bauer has always been an exciting, thrilling character, and I confess that I’ve missed him. I think the audience has too,” said executive producer Howard Gordon who served as showrunner for most of the series’ run and won multiple Emmy Awards for his work. “The character has evolved through the years, and this new and exciting event series format is perfect to tell the next chapter of his story and continue to reflect how the world is changing. Fans can rest assured that the Jack they know and love will be back.”

Originally premiering November 6, 2001, 24 was nominated for a total of 73 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Over eight seasons, Kiefer Sutherland garnered seven Emmy Award nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series. While the series gained global recognition, Sutherland’s portrayal of the legendary character penetrated the American psyche like no other dramatic television character to become part of the cultural lexicon.

24: Live Another Day is a production of 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television in association with Teakwood Lane Productions. Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer and Kiefer Sutherland will executive produce, along with an additional team to be announced. The original series, which had its last American broadcast on May 24, 2010, was created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran.

by Ben McBride

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2 Comments on “ABC Picks up Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! FOX Brings Back Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day!”

  1. Nolan McBride (@nolan_mcbride) May 16, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    I want to be excited for S.H.I.E.L.D. except 1) ABC has pretty much the worst production values 2) It’s likely to be my least favorite part of the Marvel (comic and) movie-verse. We’ll see.

  2. NICK May 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Season 8 of 24, although very well done, didn’t give the series a proper ending since they were holding out for the movie. Now that the movie seems to be dead, I’m really glad they’ll be able to give this series a proper ending. Honestly – I’d take more Jack Bauer in any form, so this is definitely a great thing.

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