24 has been filmed in Los Angeles by Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television in association with Real Time Prods. Executive producers, Brian Grazer, Tony Krantz, Howard Gordon, Robert Cochran, Joel Surnow; co-executive producer, Remi Aubuchon; producers, Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Loceff, Jon Cassar, Cyrus Yavneh; co-producers, Robin Chamberlin, Paul Gadd; director, Cassar; writers, Surnow, Loceff.

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Sutherland remains the heart of 24 playing a now-former agent for the Counter Terrorism Unit, called back to the job after the government believes a domestic terrorist organization will detonate a nuclear device over Los Angeles within 24 day. Bauer returns to the job and almost too quickly is making cohorts out of some explosives experts and ne’er-do-wells at an auto garage.


Every plot development depended on one phone call or another, some of them even going unanswered, as Bauer attempted to solve a crime and rescue his family. The phone ploy enters promptly with Bauer desperate to make contact with Kim, who has taken a job as a nanny in a household run abusively by the man of the house. Once Bauer decides to go back to work –it’s a favor called in by Palmer – his goal becomes getting Kim out of town. Naturally, her world, too, has begun to spin out of control. Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), who spent last season on the phone and in front of a computer screen, battles contentiously with CTU chief George Mason (Xander Berkeley). Palmer has a chief of staff hell-bent on doing things his way. There also appears to be some growing sexual tension at CTU and the White House as well.


Season 2 also introduces a new agent, Kate Warner (Sarah Wynter), who is away from CTU’s headquarters to assist her sister on her wedding day. Problem is — and why this suddenly troubles her is rather curious — her sister’s fiancé may have business dealings with a man who has business dealings with terrorist organizations. In the second segment of this series, she uses good old-fashioned sloppy detective techniques – rummaging through the guy’s car and belongings, and shock – he almost catches her. While Warner’s character is currently a single note of worry, one assumes this will be a wedding day to remember for all the wrong reasons.


Over 5 seasons, Sutherland and co-creators Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran have taught us how to watch 24, and cracking the narrative code has decreased the pleasure. We’ve learned that any government-position character who spends the first quarter-season looking evil will prove merely misguided if not downright heroic (in day 6, that may be Peter MacNicol’s Tom Lennox). We know from experience that the Big Theme will take a Big Twist about halfway through the ”day” — suitcase nukes, meet hostage Audrey — and that as the hours dwindle down, Jack will both go rogue and depend on CTU skill (read: Chloe) to help him save the, um, day.


One notable aspect of the seventh season, which was released on DVD on May 19, of the Fox action-drama “24” was that it hit most modern fears. The myriad exciting and somewhat believable plots included terrorists bringing down passenger jets, a Black water-style private army plotting to imposes its version of martial law on the United States, high-ranking officials in the White House and every other area of the federal government secretly working together to undermine the federal government, biological weapons set to go off in highly populated areas, and wide-spread nuclear attacks across the United States.


Season 8 will unfold in New York City amidst the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. In this new day, CTU has been upgraded and is run by MBA-schooled and razor-sharp head honcho Brian Hastings.


In comparison to its 2005 season, 24 in 2006 were up 16% in overall viewers and 14% in viewers of the advertiser-friendly 18 –49 ages demographic. Thus, the series has so far reached its ratings peak in 2006. Ratings have remained steady, therefore 24 has managed to retain most of its audience through its entire run thus far.

The sixth season’s two-night, four-hour premiere, broadcast in 2007, garnered the largest audience in 24’s history, averaging 15.7 million viewers and an overall 33 million viewers over the two nights. Ratings peaked at one point to 16.3 million. By comparison, the precedent seventh season’s two-night, four-hour premiere, broadcast in 2009, decreased slightly in viewers, averaging an overall 27 million viewers over the two nights.