Question: Any truth to the rumors that 24 producers are going to kill off several series regulars in the season premiere?

Answer: All executive producer Evan Katz would tell me at Fox's press tour party Friday night is that dead-man-walking Jack Bauer will be brought back into the fold "in a really explosive and traumatic two-hour way." (The key word being traumatic.) Katz added that the whole Chinese Embassy plot will be partially wrapped up in the season opener. "Pieces of it will be resolved, but pieces of it we will reserve." As far as who will be back, Katz wouldn't confirm any names other than previously announced series regulars Kiefer Sutherland, Carlos Bernard and Mary Lynn Rajskub. He did, however, promise that a "big surprise" was in store for Michelle (Reiko Aylesworth) and I'm betting it's not the good kind.