Dave Gee: Entertainment Now: Countdown to 24 - Jack's Sixth Bad Day
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Saturday, January 06, 2007

The Countdown is on for the start of 24 Season 6, and yet another hectic day in the life of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) and company...

For viewers in the US, Jack's "day" begins with a special 2-hour premiere on Sunday January 14th, followed by another 2 action-packed hours on Monday 15th.

The wait will be longer for most overseas viewers... Hopefully New Zealand viewers will see the hit show back in prime-time again this season. Programmers at TV3 moved the last batch of Season 5 episodes to a late night timeslot, because of falling ratings (after they scheduled a Model search show as its lead-in!?!)

Season 6 picks up about 20 months after the end of "Day 5", where Jack Bauer was on a slow boat to China after being kidnapped by Chinese operatives. He somehow returns to the United States to assist new president Wayne Palmer (DB Woodside), following a series of terrorist attacks across the country.

New cast members involved this season include Powers Booth (Deadwood), Kal Pen (Harold & Kumar go to White Castle), Peter MacNicol (Numbers), and Rick Schroder (NYPD Blue).

TV reviewers who have seen preview copies of the first 4 episodes seem very impressed with the new season of 24, and say the show is as fresh and as action-packed as ever.

* Check out the 24 Season 6 teaser trailer below...

* EW.com: '24': So Good It's Scary

* Update 8/1 - The first 4 episodes of 24 Season 6 have been leaked, and are flying around online on BitTorrent and other platforms. Episodes 1-4 of the hit Fox show were on a special pre-screening DVD released to reviewers and industry insiders.