Once more, 24 will begin a season with a four-episode explosion over two consecutive nights.  Never mind the fact that when season seven of 24 premieres in January it will be the first new proper episode of the series in almost two years.  It’s almost back, and that’s all that matters now.  FOX announced the detailed air schedule for season seven today, and it goes as follows: The first two hours will air on Sunday, January 11 at 8pm.  The next day, Monday, January 12, FOX will air the third and fourth hours of the season at 8pm once again.  From there, 24 should air one episode, without interruption, every Monday. 

While it may seem like something of a waste for FOX to burn four episodes of one of their landmark series over two days, it’s a great ploy to get fans hooked for the season.  If viewers invest four hours of time in 24, it becomes very difficult for them to turn away.  24, as I’ve stated before, is very much like visual crack.  It can be quite addicting.  The seventh season will begin at 7am in the 24 world.  It will be the first season of the show to take place outside of Los Angeles.  The action will go down in Washington, D.C.  The season begins with Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) having to answer to a congressional hearing regarding some of his interrogation methods he has used in the past.  Jack, being Jack, will not apologize for his patriotism.

In addition to season 7, FOX will also be airing a special, two-hour movie prequel to the season later this month.  Entitled 24: Redemption, the film will air on Sunday, November 23.  It takes place both in Washington D.C. and in Africa, where Jack Bauer has exiled himself.  The film will also introduce two of the major additions for season 7 – Cherry Jones as the new president and Jon Voight as the season’s bad guy.

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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Oscar Dahl

Senior Writer, BuddyTV