Question: I just watched Monday's 24 finale, and please tell me that Kiefer Sutherland is coming back next season! — Betsy

Ausiello: Yes, Kiefer will be back, but whether he'll be playing Jack Bauer remains an open question. He did, after all, assume a brand-new identity at the end of the episode. Speaking of the finale, were those not the best two hours of television all year? I was literally sitting on the edge of my sofa the entire time. And now you know the truth: Marwan — not Tony — was the other male recurring character to get whacked. Personally, I'm just relieved Michelle (Reiko Aylesworth) didn't blow her brains out after thinking that Tony had died, because rumor has it that was the original plan. That would have just ruined me.