When all the fuss surrounding Washington, D.C. wraps up in six hours—err, in roughly six episodes on 24—expect everything to move slightly westward, and to the city that never sleeps.  Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello reports that the upcoming eighth season of the Emmy-winning action series will be set in New York, or at least, on screen.

The show will still be mostly shot in Los Angeles, although Kiefer Sutherland, probably among others, will be shooting some scenes in New York.  It may be too early to speculate what exactly will happen, but the move in location may explain some major storylines next season—and the spoilers begin right below, so click with care!

Now that we’re hear, it’s been said that the CTU—the organization jettisoned between Day 6 and Day 7—will be staging a return.   Leading it is a new character named Brian Hastings, described as “an MBA type with razor-sharp intellect”; he is promptly assisted by two new agents—a male and a female, both in their 20s—and a returning Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub).   The character’s yet to be cast, though.

Casting is also underway for the brother and wife of Arman Hashemi, a leader from the Middle East who heads to the United States for the peacekeeping mission.   It’s been previously reported that Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor will take on that role.

As for the other implications, well, who knows?   It’s a colder, more compressed and more urban environment, and without any idea on what the possible emergency could be, everything is still up in the air.   Well, Jack Bauer will still be there, obviously, and for once, you can say that the next 24 sleepless, adrenaline-filled hours of his life that we’ll see will fit with the city that never sleeps.   I couldn’t resist that pun.

-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Henrik Batallones

Staff Writer, BuddyTV