|24: Live Another Day|
|Original run:||May 5, 2014 – July 14, 2014|
|Created by:||Joel Surnow|
|Starring:||Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer|
Yvonne Strahovski as Kate Morgan
Tate Donovan as Mark Boudreau
Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian
William Devane as James Heller
Gbenga Akinnagbe as Erik Ritter
Giles Matthey as Jordan Reed
Michael Wincott as Adrian Cross
Benjamin Bratt as Steve Navarro
Kim Raver as Audrey Boudreau
|Produced by:||Imagine Entertainment|
Teakwood Lane Productions
|Distributed by:||20th Century Fox Television|
24: Live Another Day, also referred to as LAD, Season 9, or Day 9 of 24, is a twelve-episode 2014 event series. Live Another Day debuted on Fox with a two-hour event at 8/7c on Monday, May 5, 2014 and concluded on Monday, July 14, 2014.
Set four years after the events of Season 8, the series again depicts the events of a single day in Jack Bauer's life, with each of the first eleven episodes depicting an hour in real time. The twelfth and final episode, "10:00pm-11:00am", covers the final thirteen hours, with a single twelve-hour "jump" from 10:46pm to 10:50am.
Overview[edit | edit source]
The perpetrators, led by a mysterious woman bent on revenge, manage to gain access to the controls of U.S. military drones and threaten to turn the weapons against their owners in a symbolic retaliation.
Worse, just when the threat seems to be over, an old enemy resurfaces with a worse plot in mind, one that could destroy the United States.
Timeline[edit | edit source]
- See also: Timeline
In "Day 9: 3:00pm-4:00pm", Adrian Cross mentions in dialogue that his group Open Cell has been active for the past six years. As the Open Cell website places the organization's founding in 2008, this would place Day 9 in 2014.
Format[edit | edit source]
Live Another Day can be divided into two acts:
- After four years in hiding, Jack resurfaces in London in order to investigate a terrorist threat involving hijacked U.S. drones. The mastermind behind this plot is Margot Al-Harazi, who is demanding the surrender of James Heller. The main antagonists of this act are Margot Al-Harazi and her children Simone and Ian. (11:00am–7:30pm)
- The defense override module that Margot was using to orchestrate her attacks is stolen, and Jack must prevent Russian operatives and an old enemy from using it to spark a world war between the United States and China. Jack then hands himself over to the Russians to pay for his murders and attempted murders against them four years earlier. The main antagonists of this act are Steve Navarro, Adrian Cross, Anatol Stolnavich, and Cheng Zhi. (7:30pm–11:00am)
Major subplots[edit | edit source]
- In the wake of a devastating attack, the U.S. and British governments face criticism for their reliance on drone warfare.
- Jack Bauer resurfaces from hiding with his past actions and relationships coming back to haunt him.
- CIA agent Kate Morgan struggles to win back her colleagues' trust after her husband was framed as a traitor by Steve Navarro.
- President James Heller's progressing Alzheimer's disease.
- Mark Boudreau, the President's Chief of Staff, circumvents the law to hand Jack Bauer over to Russia.
- Margot Al-Harazi and her children's relationships are put under stress as their opportunity for revenge against James Heller approaches.
- Chloe O'Brian, after the death of her family, has gone against the Government and joined Open Cell, a group led by Adrian Cross who have been leaking classified secrets on the Internet.
- Steve Navarro continues to cover up his traitorous actions with the help of Adrian Cross, which leads to the murder of analyst Jordan Reed.
- Chris Tanner, a U.S. Air Force pilot, is falsely accused of killing fellow servicemen with his drone.
- Naveed Shabazz, Margot's son-in-law and unwilling collaborator, attempts to escape with his wife Simone.
- Cheng Zhi, an old enemy of Jack Bauer's, returns and is turned against the Chinese government.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer (12 episodes)
- Yvonne Strahovski as Kate Morgan (12 episodes)
- Tate Donovan as Mark Boudreau (12 episodes)
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian (12 episodes)
- William Devane as President James Heller (12 episodes)
- Gbenga Akinnagbe as Erik Ritter (11 episodes)
- Giles Matthey as Jordan Reed (9 episodes)
- Michael Wincott as Adrian Cross (10 episodes)
- with Benjamin Bratt as Steve Navarro (10 episodes)
- and Kim Raver as Audrey Boudreau (12 episodes)
Guest starring[edit | edit source]
- Ross McCall as Ron Clark (9 episodes)
- Branko Tomovic as Belcheck (9 episodes)
- Michelle Fairley as Margot Al-Harazi (8 episodes)
- Colin Salmon as General Coburn (7 episodes)
- Emily Berrington as Simone Al-Harazi (7 episodes)
- Liam Garrigan as Ian Al-Harazi (7 episodes)
- Adam Sinclair as Gavin Leonard (6 episodes)
- Miranda Raison as Caroline Fowlds (6 episodes)
- Stanley Townsend as Anatol Stolnavich (5 episodes)
- John Boyega as Lieutenant Chris Tanner (4 episodes)
- Sacha Dhawan as Naveed Shabazz (4 episodes)
- Tzi Ma as Cheng Zhi (3 episodes)
- Joseph Millson as Derrick Yates (3 episodes)
- Philip Winchester as Colonel Shaw (3 episodes)
- Alex Lanipekun as James Harman (3 episodes)
- and Stephen Fry as Prime Minister Alastair Davies (8 episodes)
Crew[edit | edit source]
- Main article: 24 production staff § Live Another Day
Episodes[edit | edit source]
|Image||No.||Title||Written by||Directed by||Airdate|
|1||"11:00am-12:00pm"||Manny Coto & Evan Katz||Jon Cassar||May 5, 2014|
|Four years after his disappearance, the CIA captures the fugitive Jack Bauer in London, England, but one agent suspects that he may have a hidden agenda. President James Heller prepares for a critical summit with the British Prime Minister.|
|2||"12:00pm-1:00pm"||Robert Cochran & David Fury||Jon Cassar||May 5, 2014|
|After escaping from the CIA, Jack tracks Chloe O'Brian back to her new family's hideout and reveals his objective in London. To placate the British, President Heller orders the interrogation of the drone pilot supposedly behind the attack in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the real culprit completes work on a device that will grant its buyer control over several more drones.|
|3||"1:00pm-2:00pm"||Sang Kyu Kim & Patrick Somerville||Adam Kane||May 12, 2014|
After realizing Derrick Yates was used by people above him, Jack and Chloe attempt to track his girlfriend. Meanwhile, Kate Morgan continues her hunt for Bauer using any means necessary. Finally, President Heller prepares to address Parliament after a devastating attack.
|4||"2:00pm-3:00pm"||Patrick Harbinson||Adam Kane||May 19, 2014|
Jack Bauer makes an attempt to get the information from Tanner's flight key to Chloe while barricaded in the U.S. Embassy's communications room. Meanwhile, the Marines and the CIA try to flush him out on the orders of President James Heller. Margot brutally puts a stop to Naveed's plan to leave with Simone.
|5||"3:00pm-4:00pm"||Sang Kyu Kim & Patrick Somerville||Omar Madha||May 26, 2014|
Agent Kate Morgan has to collaborate with Chloe O'Brian to try to locate Margot Al-Harazi, and prevent her attack. Meanwhile, Jack Bauer is taken to President James Heller for questioning, where he also reunites with Audrey. Heller orders a military lockdown on all drones, while Agents Navarro and Ritter lead an assault against Margot's suspected base of operations.
|6||"4:00pm-5:00pm"||David Fury||Omar Madha||June 2, 2014|
|As the smoke clears after the devastating events of the first five hours, tensions between President Heller and Prime Minister Davies boil over, and one of them decides to take matters into his own hands. In the meantime, Jack proposes a plan to locate Margot by using someone unexpected as his unsuspecting bait. Back at the CIA in London, Jordan raises suspicions about Kate’s husband.|
|7||"5:00pm-6:00pm"||Tony Basgallop||Jon Cassar||June 9, 2014|
|Following an intense and deadly shootout, Jack and Kate are in a race against time to save the life of a key player tied to the imminent terror threat. Meanwhile, Jordan Reed is ordered into the field on a perilous mission. Then, after President Heller engages Margot to end her savage attacks, he faces an unthinkable, game-changing decision.|
|8||"6:00pm-7:00pm"||Robert Cochran||Jon Cassar||June 16, 2014|
|Jack Bauer and President Heller endure the unthinkable to thwart the terror attacks of mastermind Margot Al-Harazi (guest star Michelle Fairley). Meanwhile, CIA agent Jordan Reed faces a life-or-death struggle and Kate takes drastic measures to track down Margot before it’s too late.|
|9||"7:00pm-8:00pm"||Teleplay by: Tony Basgallop & Sang Kyu Kim||Milan Cheylov||June 23, 2014|
|Jack and Chloe have a plan in place to eliminate the terrorist threat before any more attacks rock London. With no time to spare and lives on the line, Jack and Kate pursue crucial leads in an attempt to gain the upper hand on the incredibly intense circumstances. Meanwhile, key players reveal their true colors.|
|10||"8:00pm-9:00pm"||Teleplay by: Adam DaSilva
Story by: Robert Cochran & Manny Coto & Evan Katz
|Milan Cheylov||June 30, 2014|
|With only three episodes remaining, Jack Bauer's harrowing day crescendos as he pursues final leads at all costs. The emotional toll of the day's events escalates when Kate Morgan learns the truth about her husband and Audrey confronts Boudreau about his duplicity. Making matters incredibly worse, the scope of the terror threat widens and the potential devastation reaches new heights.|
|11||"9:00pm-10:00pm"||Robert Cochran & David Fury||Jon Cassar||July 7, 2014|
|In the penultimate episode, Audrey pursues diplomatic channels to try to prevent a full-scale war. Meanwhile, Jack Bauer leads Kate Morgan and Mark Boudreau on a mission to locate their target before it’s too late and the world is changed forever.|
|12||"10:00pm-11:00am"||Manny Coto & Evan Katz||Jon Cassar||July 14, 2014|
|In the highly anticipated season finale, the clock ticks toward the final seconds of Jack Bauer's most heroic day. As the world teeters on a terror plot of mass proportions, Jack and the team reunite one last time to avert an imminent international crisis. With little time left and the fate of the free world on the line, Jack is faced with an unthinkable and grave decision. Lives will be lost and the American administration will grapple with the day's most devastating news as the clock stops.|
Production[edit | edit source]
Development[edit | edit source]
In May 2013, Deadline first reported that Fox was considering a limited-run "event series" for 24 based on a concept by Howard Gordon, after failed efforts to produce the 24 feature film and the cancellation of Kiefer Sutherland's series Touch. David Fury confirmed on Twitter that he would also be involved, pulling "double duty" with Gordon's new series Tyrant.
The following week, Fox officially announced 24: Live Another Day, a limited-run series of twelve episodes that would feature the return of Jack Bauer. Fox CEO Kevin Reilly said that the series would essentially represent the twelve "most important" hours of a typical 24 season, with jumps forward between hours as needed. As with the rest of Fox's push into event programming, the production was promised to have "a big scope and top talent and top marketing budgets." Reilly also noted that the project could pave the way for sequel series in the future.
In the press release, Gordon said:
|“||Jack Bauer has always been an exciting, thrilling character, and I confess that I’ve missed him. I think the audience has too. 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.||”|
Kiefer Sutherland, who was confirmed to executive produce and star in the new series, added:
|“||The response to ‘24’ is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before. 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.||”|
In June, it was announced that Jon Cassar was signed to executive produce and direct multiple episodes of Live Another Day, including the first two. Executive producers and writers Robert Cochran, Manny Coto and Evan Katz also returned, with Coto and Katz serving as showrunners. Sean Callery composed the score for the series. The writing process began on July 1, with David Fury pitching the first episode. The first episode, "11:00am-12:00pm", was written by Evan Katz & Manny Coto  and the second, "12:00pm-1:00pm", by Robert Cochran and David Fury. Returning 24 director Milan Cheylov directed episodes 9 and 10.
On July 11, 2013, executive producer Brian Grazer announced in an interview that the 24 miniseries would "be a limited series that would then spin off into a series itself. Fox is doing it, Fox studio and Fox network, and we're totally thrilled by that."
Casting[edit | edit source]
In September 2013, it was revealed Kim Raver was negotiating a deal to return as Audrey. It was also revealed that the new President of the United States would be a character the audience has met before, leading to speculation that William Devane's James Heller would be returning as President.  On October 4 it was confirmed that both Raver and Devane had signed deals to rejoin the cast. 
In November 2013, Canadian actor Michael Wincott was announced as the first new cast member, portraying an infamous hacker and activist named Adrian. Soon after, Gbenga Akinnagbe and Giles Matthey were cast as series regulars, playing CIA agents Erik Ritter and Jordan Reed.
At the TCA panel on January 13, 2014, Fox announced that Yvonne Strahovski had joined the cast as Kate Morgan, a CIA field operative on the trail of Jack Bauer.  The same week, Emmy Award-nominated film and television actor Benjamin Bratt was announced to play the role of Steve Navarro, the CIA's London chief of operations.
Tate Donovan was announced to play Audrey Raines' new husband and White House Chief of Staff Mark Boudreau. On January 24, the casting of renowned actor and comedian Stephen Fry as British Prime Minister Trevor Davies was announced.
In December 2013, two-time Oscar nominee Judy Davis was cast as Margot Al-Harazi, a British national and the widow of a notorious terrorist. However, in February, Davis left the role after personal matters prevented her from traveling to London for filming. Davis was replaced by Game of Thrones actress Michelle Fairley.
In December 2013, David Fury sent out a pair of tweets suggesting that Carlos Bernard could return to portray Tony Almeida.  Bernard ultimately did not appear, but an "extra scene" involving Almeida will appear on the season Blu-ray Disc set.
Filming[edit | edit source]
24: Live Another Day filmed on location in London, United Kingdom. Pre-production and location scouting by the crew, including Jon Cassar, began in November 2013. The production offices for Live Another Day were based in the Gillette Building in west London, previously used for films such as Red 2. Production began on January 6, 2014, with filming scheduled to occur from January 25 through June 13.
Promotion[edit | edit source]
A 45-second teaser titled "Street Chaos," featuring Jack Bauer and Chloe O'Brian, was filmed on January 21 for debut during the February 2 Super Bowl XLVIII telecast on Fox. Several short fifteen-second clips were released on YouTube during the pre-game broadcast.
The first promo featuring footage from the new episodes, titled "The Clock Starts Ticking", aired on Fox on March 9, 2014.
On April 11, a new movie-style trailer was released, along with the debut of a viral marketing campaign focusing on Chloe O'Brian and her new organization Open Cell. A fifteen-second TV spot features Chloe warning viewers that Jack is innocent and directing them to Open-Cell.org to learn more. This was accompanied by similar radio advertisements and the "hacking" of Fox's 24 Facebook and Twitter pages to link to posts on the website.
Release[edit | edit source]
In April, Amazon.com announced a deal with Fox Broadcasting Company to become the exclusive streaming carrier for 24: Live Another Day via its Amazon Prime service. The first four episodes of Live Another Day were made available for purchase on Amazon.com starting on May 6, 2014, the day after the two-hour premiere.
The series was simulcast in Canada, debuting on May 5, 2014, on Global. In the United Kingdom, the series premiere aired on Sky1 at 1:00am on May 6, 2014 simultaneous with the U.S. premiere, with the official premiere on May 7 and airing on Wednesdays thereafter. Canal+, which holds the airing rights in France, aired the premiere with a 40-minute delay from the U.S. airing. On May 6, 2014, it premiered in Germany on Sky Deutschland, in Mexico and Latin America on Canal Fox in Greece and Cyprus on Fox, and in the Philippines on Jack City — first at the exclusive time of 1:00 pm via satellite before airing in its regular primetime slot of 9:00 pm. In Asia, the series aired on AXN, starting on May 6 on AXN Asia and May 9 on AXN India. It was broadcast in Australia on Network Ten. It also premiered in South Africa on May 29, 2014, on M-Net.
24: Live Another Day was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S. on September 30, 2014. Among the special features is "24: Solitary", a Blu-ray-exclusive "story extension" that addresses Tony Almeida's fate following Season 7.
Reception[edit | edit source]
As of May 7, 2014, 24: Live Another Day holds a rating of 70 out of 100 on the review aggregator site Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable" reviews." On Rotten Tomatoes, another review aggregator, the series currently holds a score of 84%, and is considered "Certified Fresh."
The two-hour premiere episode received generally positive reviews. Merrill Barr (Forbes) compared the premiere favorably to previous seasons of 24, stating that "The audience is given reason to care about Jack and his associates again because events are given reason to matter again... Here, much like in seasons one and two, everything ties together. The plot Jack's trying to stop has a direct connection to the lives of multiple supporting characters he's yet to interact with. It's this dynamic that made the show great once, and will make it great again." Aaron Riccio (Slant Magazine) wrote that the twelve-episode format was a promising development, and that "the result is a leaner, scrappier 24 that is both firmly within its comfort zone...and somehow outside it, with Jack and the other returning characters more readily showing the wear and tear of their profession." Other reviews were less positive; Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly) criticized the reuse of story elements and character archetypes, concluding that "Despite the high-grade action, the premiere is more a showcase for everything that was bad about 24 than a reminder of everything that was good."
Despite airing in mid-2014, Live Another Day competed in the 2014-2015 season at the Primetime Emmy Awards, as it had not aired half of its episodes by the May 31, 2014 deadline to qualify for the 2013-2014 awards. Live Another Day was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards in the Miniseries or Movie category: Outstanding Music Composition (Original Dramatic Score), Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing, and Outstanding Sound Editing.
Media tie-ins[edit | edit source]
From 2014 to 2016, Forge Books published three new 24 novels – Deadline, Rogue, and Trial by Fire. Deadline and Rogue were both set in the intervening four years between the events of Season 8 and Live Another Day.
Background information and notes[edit | edit source]
- The subtitle "Live Another Day" does not appear anywhere in any of the episodes except in promotional material. Apart from the pre-title sequence in Day 9: 11:00am-12:00pm, an altered 24 title card and slightly different designed text for on-screen crediting, episodes of Live Another Day follow the same format established in previous episodes of 24.
- This and Legacy are the only seasons which do not have 24 episodes.
- This season ends with three terrorist organizations destroyed: Margot Al-Harazi's group, Open Cell and Cheng Zhi's group. Open Cell, which had aided Jack for awhile throughout the day, is the only one he doesn't destroy himself.
- Jack has been the most absent in the Previously on 24, having been missed for 5 times.
- This is the second season not to feature the Counter Terrorist Unit. The first one was Season 7.
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References[edit | edit source]
24: Live Another Day