“24” promo-thon begins

24kiefer_2Fox is getting an early start on the tubthumping for season seven of “24.”

Net has a countdown clock ticking off the minutes to the debut of the “Day 7” trailer at 1 p.m. ET on Oct. 25. (Click here to watch the seconds fly by for yerself at 24trailer.com). Website also alerts “24’s” die-hards that the trailer will bow at the same time on the big-big screen in Times Square, and that the first promo for the new season will air Oct. 25 during Game Two of the World Series.

Hard to believe Kiefer Sutherland’s been on the job as Jack Bauer for seven years now. The upcoming frame promises to find Cherry Jones in the White House and president Allison Taylor; Bauer on trial in Washington D.C. for “his actions in the pursuit of justice” (not gonna go there with the cheap DUI jokes out of respect for Kiefer Sutherland’s rep among the “24” staff as being the nicest guy in the world to work with); and the return of Carlos Bernard as Jack’s erstwhile colleague Tony Almeida (wasn’t he dead?).24powersboothe_2

Clock begins anew for “24” on Sunday, Jan. 13 with a two-hour opener, followed by another hour on Jan. 14 in its regular Monday 9 p.m. berth. I have to confess that I’m still catching up with segs from season six, and so far I can’t stop thinking about how great the underrated Powers Boothe is as veep Noah Daniels (pictured right).