Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub Discuss Living Another Day and the Future of ’24’

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Kiefer Sutherland said he was most nervous to re-enter the world of “24” because of the challenge of making something as great as the original show.

Sutherland was joined by co-star Mary Lynn Rajskub and executive producers Mannie Coto and Howard Gordon at a screening of the final episode of “24: Live Another Day” at the Landmark on Thursday. “Live Another Day” is a miniseries set four years after the events of the eighth season of “24.”

“I think we managed to do eight seasons of 24 episodes each year, and we managed to get out with some dignity and we were proud of it,” Sutherland said. “All of a sudden I felt the pressure of, ‘Oh my God, if this is not as good or better than what we’ve done before then we’re in real real trouble.'”

Sutherland said although he thinks “24” can continue with a new cast, the limited-series “Live Another Day” will be his final involvement.

“I’m not coming back to do ’24,’ because there are other things I want to do,” he said. “And when they said ‘limited-series run,’ I meant it. But I’ve always felt, from season one on, that ’24’ is such a great idea that this can go on forever. I think if you create a new cast or other characters in the telling of this story, it will bring a freshness. And let’s face it, there’s only so many bad days one can have before the show becomes a mad comic.” Sutherland, however, floated the possibility of a cameo if “24” does continue.

“Live Another Day” follows Jack Bauer (Sutherland) in London, four years after he became an exile. Bauer once again risks his life to stop unthinkable terrorist acts.

Moderator Dominic Patten of Deadline asked about the risks in bringing back a TV show that had officially ended.

“We figured we’re tempting fate,” Gordon said. “To think that you can come back from a show that we’re very, very proud of its entire run, and having ended it and ended it very elegantly — to restart it again, I think we tempted fate in our minds and that’s what was animating us.”

Rajskub talked about her character Chloe’s development over eight seasons. “It’s been such a slow build and so many layers where I started out as a computer tech person who would recite the rules and then, over time, became this relationship that I don’t think anyone could have predicted.”

Sutherland said taking “Live Another Day” to the U.K. gave the show a unique international feel.

“It gave an incredible international scope to the show,” Sutherland said. “As much as the show has been supported by audiences in America, it’s been supported around the world and that was something we were really proud of and something that was really reflected in the writing for eight years.”

Gordon said he’s very proud of the ending they’ve created.

“There’s something that we’ll keep to ourselves. How the sausage is made is best left within the family,” Gordon said to audience laughter. “Endings are challenging.”

“We made some sausage,” Rajskub said.

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  1. I have enjoyed every season of 24 and keifer plays the part so well. To the extent it was made for him.. please keifer dont quit as it will not be the same without you.. i have every boxset on dvds and enjoy watching them time and time again xx

  2. Katsigaire Andrew Rodriguez says:

    as a fan its terrible news and a tragedy to my passion for 24, from acting part of reasoning its a good idea for Kiefer Sutherland to appear as a cameo. quitting the whole project will be tragic to the whole project since sutherland is the king of series and that will by default bring the whole project by FOX to a stand still ‘coz viewers world wide will reduce by more than a half bearing in mind that kiefer is the real sense in 24. its better kiefer comes back as a cameo but not in a lead role since it wont be easy to maintain the superb spirit he has portrayed so far but quitting for good will be tragic both to viewers and to howard plus FOX at large.

  3. Melvin Spicer says:

    It would very great to have a few episodes of the new series of 24, bringing Jack Bauer back home from Russia as a hero, and reunited with his family. I think they need to bring the character of Chloe O’Brian back. Kiefer Sutherland should at least stay on as a producer- at the very least!

  4. Cobert Greg Keissy says:

    I believe there’s time to everything in life, Kiefer is growing and he needs a break from work. Its gonna be difficult to watch 24 without Jack Bauer but hey thats how life is . Jack I wish you well in the future we love you and will always be behind you. I salute you Soldier

  5. LNMcMahon says:

    Hate sad endings plus seeing a man portrayed as giving everything up for his country, in the hands of his countries enemies ,left a sour taste in my mouth. Plus I rarely watch television, twenty four and Game of Thrones plus an occasional movie. With Kiefer Sutherlands, portrayal of Jack Bauer found myself watching every episode.

    Kiefer Sutherland made the show, his character held it together, not interested in a remake of twenty four.

  6. I know Kiefer Sutherland wants to do other things but theres no 24 without him! Maybe they can figure out a way for him to do 24 and other things too! Maybe focus on another character while Kiefer is off doing something else. Kiefer please keep doing 24. Find a way people! LOL!

  7. Bill says:

    I will miss kiefer in 24 as I already miss 24 I hope he changes his mind and returns

  8. Leigh says:

    Here is the actual end of the article that was edited due to space constraints:

    “Then everybody got up to leave except for a visibly woozy Kiefer Sutherland. He took something out of his jacket, took several swigs from it, vomited profusely, then fell on the floor. Nobody could wake him. They discussed whether or not paramedics should be called, decided there was little point to it, and left him there to wallow in his own filth.”

  9. It will make it I promise jo ieradi he will come back I promise it just beginning please right everybody Ishmael they’re not too old yet until 68 I promise maybe I hope

  10. Ishmael says:

    Hopefully they will live a few more days. They’re not too old yet.

  11. jo ierardi says:

    It will never make it….the show is all about jack bauer….and of course k Sutherland…I don’t care who they bring back or who stars in it…if he does not come back then they should make an episode with him and make a happy ending for him….

  12. This is not end of 24 live another day it’s just beginning everybody right there will be no wrap up on 24 no way absolutely not because I say so this is not over yet for kiefer sutherland and we want 24 episode now not 20 episode right everybody right they cannot without kiefer sutherland the clock is ticking I promise the fan of kiefer sutherland Mary Lynn rajskub and Carlos Bernard will watching you not Yvonne strahovoski right everybody

  13. Bill says:

    Aside from “24” not being “24” without Kiefer, the way they ended “Live Another Day” was SUPREMELY unsatisfying for fans of the series; at the very least the loyal fans deserve one more episode or a movie to wrap up Jack’s arc.

  14. IT 2 IT says:

    Where would the globalist mafia USURPATION be
    without mind control and debasement ops like ’24’?

    MEANWHILE- – -about that ‘mysteriously overlooked’
    ———————————65th Anniversary
    —————————————-of the 21st century LINCH PIN
    ————————————————————————KOREAN WAR?

  15. We’ve glossed over a lot of iffy story lines in each season of 24 just so we could watch Jack Bauer. This guy is the fulcrum and the glue of the show. The real time concept may have started out as the main draw of the show, but it took just the premiere episode to realise that the ticking clock is just an added thrill. It was about Jack Bauer.. So unless they find someone phenomenal to carry the new show, I don’t see this working. I doubt you can bottle lightning twice.

  16. Michael says:

    I can understand Mr. Sutherland’s concerns as they were shared in the article. Unfortunately I am going to find it difficult to see a “24” without him in it. All due respect to the other people of the company, but Kiefer made that show. I do wish the Producers all the best as they embark on a new approach if “24” comes back. As a fan I will certainly give it a good look.

  17. Derek StJohn says:

    IMO the ONLY solution is to bring “Kate Morgan” back as the Female Jack Bauer! Yvonne Strahovski more than proved her ability during Live Another Day at handling all of the physical, dramatic, and emotional abilities to take over the role. [And, don’t talk to me about “Astronauts Wives”–I see it as an early cancellation.]

    • laray says:

      I love Yvonne Strahovski but I don’t think she has what it takes to carry a show like 24. Sutherland was intensity personified, Yvonne is not.

      • KV says:

        I think Strahovski can carry a possible spinoff. She can be intense. But I also feel that she doesn’t want to commit to another govt agent role for fear of being typecast. Personally I’d like to see her in a comedy. She was great in Louie. [@Derek StJohn Astronaut Wives is a limited series. I doubt they have plans beyond 10 episodes.]

  18. Jep says:

    “24” is a sterling example of a great, gripping show that never pulled punches and never jumped the shark. I applaud everyone associated with this quality programming, of which there is so little these days.

    • Chris says:

      Never jumped the shark?
      Jump the shark definition: (of a television series or movie) reach a point at which far-fetched events are included merely for the sake of novelty, indicative of a decline in quality.

      24 was fun, but they did jump the shark a few times.

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