Originally, the show was set to return this past January, following Kiefer’s release from jail on DUI charges, but the writers strike left producers unsure of a resume date and whether or not there would be enough episodes to last until the picket lines fell.
Well, the strike is over, Kiefer is out of jail, and 8 new episodes sit on a shelf collecting dust.
From the AP:
If it [the network] had started airing new episodes soon, the season finale would not have taken place until the summer, when TV networks rarely show their high-profile programs.
Even though eight episodes for this season had already been filmed before the beginning of the writers strike, producers would have had to ramp up production soon to complete the season.
A January 2009 start seemed the best way to comply with viewers’ wishes that a season’s episodes run without interruption to conclusion, Fox said on Thursday.
THE VIEWER’S WISHES??? Obviously, Fox is not keeping track of their own message boards. The fan majority does not want to wait until 2009 to see Jack Bauer and the cast return. Fans want the show back now.
Day 7 takes place in Washington D.C. and 3 years after the end of season six. There’s a female president (was this a Hillary prediction?), CTU has been dismantled and an old friend returns from the dead but whose side is he on?
(For now) the cast for season 7 includes (don’t look if you want to be surprised later!):
- Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O’Brian
- Carlos Bernard as Tony Almeida
- James Morrison as Bill Buchanan
- Annie Wersching as FBI Agent Renee Walker
- Colm Feore as First Gentleman Henry Taylor
- Bob Gunton as White House Chief of Staff Ethan Kanin
- Janeane Garofalo as FBI Agent Janis Gold
- Jeffrey Nordling as FBI Agent Larry Moss
- Rhys Coiro as FBI Agent Sean Hillinger
- Cherry Jones as President Allison Taylor
- Carlo Rota as Morris O’Brian
- John Billingsley as Michael Latham
- Carly Pope as Samantha Roth
Here’s a sneak peak of the new season. Whether or not the storyline actually stays this way is left to be seen in 2009.
VIDEO CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!