Though the start of Jack Bauer's next day-long odyssey is still a couple of months away, the clock will resume ticking this Sunday at 8 pm/ET, when Fox airs 24: Redemption, a TV-movie that bridges the gap between Seasons 6 and 7 (which was delayed a year by the WGA strike).
Filmed largely in South Africa, the flick finds Jack compelled to save a group of young orphans from being recruited as soldiers into a guerilla army, all the while dodging a subpoena to appear before the U.S. Senate. Yes, all events occur in real time.
But is it nearing time for Kiefer Sutherland to call it a day? Speaking with the series star (and exec producer) at the NYC premiere of Redemption, TVGuide.com asked how Jack's future looks beyond Day 7. Calling the subject "so hard" to address, Sutherland said, "Obviously, I hope we do them." But since it's the nature of the 24 beast to focus on the work at hand, and not think about what's next, "You can't really look ahead," he told me.
"I think an audience will tell you when that time has come [to end 24]," Sutherland went on to say. "I've had such an amazing time making this and I've developed really integral friendships .... I know it's coming, but it'll be a sad day."
Also in this video Q&A: Sutherland ponders the status of the 24 feature film and reveals the biggest frustration that the past 12 months has dealt him.
Watch all of TVGuide.com's 24: Redemption videos, featuring Kiefer Sutherland ("Jack Bauer"), Cherry Jones ("President Taylor"), Jon Voight ("Jonas Hodges"), Robert Carlyle ("Carl Benson"), Gil Bellows ("Frank Trammel"), Tony Todd ("Colonel Juma"), Hakeem Kae-Kazim ("Colonel Dubaku"), director Jon Cassar and series executive producer Howard Gordon.