Dammit! Fox's binge-ripe real time TV drama 24 is set to continue for another season, but without its iconic lead character: the verified god-amongst-men, Jack Bauer.
FOX Chairman and CEO Gary Newman broke the alarming news about the show's spinoff/continuation currently in development:
"Obviously we would love to have Kiefer [Sutherland] and we went to him first. It isn’t something he wants to do at this point, but he encouraged us to continue and look for a way to bring the show back."
I know, I know...
Famed for having some of the roughest days ever endured by a fictional character, the ruthless CTU agent has always been the show's main draw. The verified badass is like a kryptonite for terrorists, decapitating criminals, quelling countless nuclear threats, and coming out with legendary lines like this:
"You probably don't think I could force this towel down your throat, but trust me I can. All the way."
Still not convinced of how awesome this guy really is? Check out this brutal scene:
So, you can see why many think 24 without Jack Bauer seems almost sacrilegious...and he's not the only character currently MIA. Newman said that the new incarnation of the show will likely see the entire cast replaced:
"Honestly, I don’t know whether we’ll see any old characters or not. It would not surprise me if it’s a total reset in terms of the characters."
So it's likely that none of these fan favorites will be appearing again:
But, as they say, the show must go on. So, who would be a worthy replacement for 24's new lead character?
Top 3 Jack Bauer Replacements
3. Norman Reedus
I'd love to see this Walking Dead star scuffle with some dastardly terrorists for a whole day. The disheveled badass has proven himself to be an imposing force - just swap out his crossbow for a Glock and we've got ourselves a show!
2. Liam Neeson
A near-psychotic devotion to preserving the safety of one's family is a defining 24 protagonist characteristic, so there's really no one better for the job. Neeson has that same gritty, unhinged family man vibe going on as Sutherland, with heaps of experience playing an unstoppable, murderous father in the Taken series.
1. Elisha Cuthbert (Kim Bauer)
Okay, so I know Newman said that it was unlikely we'll see any returning cast members, but just consider this premise for one moment: Jack's daughter returns to carry on the terrorist-stomping legacy of her father, stopping at nothing to avenge those that crossed him.
Remember, 24: Live Another Day ended on a tantalizing cliffhanger, with Jack surrendering himself to Russian agents in exchange for Chloe's freedom. The show could do with some female Bauer power, following Kim's quest to rescue her father and allowing for the possibility of a Kiefer cameo toward the end!
Let me know what you think of these Jack-replacements below.