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January 14, 2010

TELEVISION: '24' and 'Human Target' on Fox

When we last left Jack Bauer, he was comatose — possibly on his deathbed — after being infected with a bioweapon.

But if conventional weaponry can’t kill Jack, it’s doubtful that a bioweapon can, either. Especially when considering that Fox’s “24” returns for its eighth season — “Day 8” — on Monday.

We already know that Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) will be back to his usual self, which is to say, surviving through the busiest, most dangerous days in human history. We also know that Jack will be dealing with an international assassination plot in New York City.

This season will also see the return of treasonous President Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin), who was last seen in season six after being stabbed by his wife. Apparently, he’s also an attack survivor.

“24” has dropped in overall viewership from a few season ago, but that speaks more to the overall thinning out of TV viewers due to other factors (Internet, more cable channels) than it does to the popularity of the show. After all, “24” finished its 2009 season with its highest overall ranking yet, cracking the annual top 20.

But despite the recent success, the end of “24” is in sight. This could be the final season of the show. A recent report notes that this season has not finished filming yet, so if need be, the season finale could be a series finale.

That being said, Sutherland has told reporters that he’s “open” to a ninth season of the show. And so is Fox, but a decision won’t be made yet.

There’s been less discussion recently regarding a feature film version of “24,” but it certainly hasn’t been ruled out. While the series could end this year, it could be followed by “24” on the big screen.

The “24” premiere Sunday night already has action fans salivating. It’s a two-night premiere that will continue Monday. But Fox’s Sunday night lineup will also introduce audiences to a new action show, as “Human Target” debuts at 8 p.m., giving the night a one-two punch.

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