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Fox's hit 24 TV series first aired on November 21, 2006 and has won many Emmy and Golden Globe awards including one for leading actor Kiefer Sutherland after it's first ten episodes. The main character of the series is Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland, who is an agent with the US Counter Terrorist Unit. The show is based in Los Angeles and depicts a 24 hour period in the life of Jack Bauer as well as following the actions of other characters in the show.
The show 24 TV Series originality centres around its premise that everything happens in real time.
This means that each minute of the show corresponds to a minute in the lives of the characters.
As a result the commercial breaks appear during periods in the show when little is happening, i.e. Jack is driving somewhere. To emphasise the point a digital clock is shown on the screen immediately before and after a break.
The time on the digital clock also corresponds with the in-universe time of the show so if a character stipulates that something will happen within an hour it will usually take place before the end of that episode.
Action switches between different locations and characters tracking parallel story plots and as a result there are often sections of unseen narrative for each of the characters.
Another method used in the first two seasons was a split screen to show parallel events happening during the same period of time however the use of this technique is now generally only used during telephone conversations or in shots leading up to or out of commercials breaks.
Although each season has its own central theme, or plot line there are also several story lines that relate to prior seasons.
So far there have been two of these "crossover" plots, each one continuing over a period of three seasons.
24 has received both positive and negative critical acclaim. Many critics and organisations have objected to the way that the series has dealt with the many sensitive issues surrounding the plot lines and characters. Due to the series nature it often addresses issues of terrorism, the use of torture to gain information, government misuse of authority directly.
The overall number of viewers has steadily increased throughout the shows six seasons, except for a slight fall midway through season 3, increasing its viewership by a massive 60% between seasons 1 and 5.
Fox have announced that Season 7 with of 24 TV Series will commence airing in January 2008 with Kiefer Sutherland signed to continue through to 2009.
It has also been revealed that season seven will feature the shows first female President to be played by actress Cherry Jones as well as the return of Mary Lyn Rajskub and James Morrison. Season 7 is also set to be more personal that previous seasons.
Fox have also announced that they have ordered season 8 and with Kiefer Sutherland signed through to 2009 it looks likely that a 9th season will also be aired.
A motion picture based on the show had planned to start filming in 2007 with it's release scheduled for 2008 but due to the pressure of filming for the show plans for the picture have consequently been put on hold in order to focus on the TV show.
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