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'24' Day 8 details: Bauer tries to stop assassination

Jack-bauer By Borys Kit

"You’re going to a '24' panel?" a producer of tentpole movies asked me. "Does anyone still care?"

That attitude is what Season 8 (or should I say Day 8) of the long running show has to overcome when it debuts this January. But at least the four or so thousand attendees of Ballroom 20 definitely cared.

Show has been timely and this year will not be an exception: Jack Bauer tries to keep an assassination from occurring during a peace conference between the presidents of America and Iran.

The season will start, according exec producer Manny Coto, "in a place where we’ve never seen him: happy." But the crowd was reassured several times that it wouldn’t last.

Series big kahuna Howard Gordon kept the exec producers and his actors, which included newcomers Katee Sackhoff, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Anil Kapoor along with May Lynn Rajskub, in check to not reveal any plot points, leaving them to rely on their charms.

Luckily, they had some to spare: Rajskub was genuinely funny, while Sackoff had the crowd eating out of her hand due to her "Battlestar Galactica" credentials. Prinze got some love when he mentioned how he was watching the show with his wife. He was interrupted by huge screams and applause from the audience, causing him to snort in laughter. "I forgot, she’s big here." (Prinze is married to Sarah Michelle Gellar, the star of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer.")

Sutherland touched upon a possible "24" feature film saying that is something that has been brought up since the early seasons. But he said, the energy required to make a season of "24" is too great to allow a movie to be worked on.

"We agreed that any real serious planning of a film that the put aside until the series is ending," he said.