The 24 producers know that season 7 can not, under any circumstances, be a disappointment.  If the beloved franchise drops the ball on a second season in a row, than the show may as well pack up and go home.  With that in mind, it looks as if FOX and the 24 team are pulling out all the stops in preparation for next season.  Throughout the summer, casting news has permeated the 24 landscape and today comes the biggest announcement yet.  If you don’t enjoy being spoiled, read no further.  Really, this news is going to ruin a big early season surprise on 24.  I can understand, however, if the enticement is too much and you just have to click that “Read More” button.

Tony Almeida is back!  That’s right, the man who we all assumed was dead is returning at the beginning of season 7 to surprise both fans and Jack Bauer alike.  Carlos Bernard, who plays Mr. Almeida, has always been a fan favorite and the 24 producers have occasionally grumbled about how they handled his supposed send-off.

Here’s confirmation from an official FOX press release regarding 24’s January 13-14 two night premiere: “With CTU dismantled, the show’s setting moves to Washington, D.C., where Jack Bauer faces trial for his actions in the pursuit of justice.  Bauer’s day gets off to a shocking start when former colleague Tony Almeida (played by Carlos Bernard), last seen in Day 5, returns after being left for dead by a terrorist conspirator in CTU’s infirmary.”

It had been speculated that Almeida would make a surprise appearance in the waning moments of season 6, and apparently the producers kept that option open, but it was ultimately scrapped for what turned out to be a largely unsatisfying season finale.  The decision to bring Tony back into the fold early in season 7 is a darn good way of appeasing loyal fans turned off by the events of season 6. 

Tony Almeida lives!

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
Source: TV Guide
(Image Courtesy of FOX)

Oscar Dahl

Senior Writer, BuddyTV