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Excitement abounds as Jack Bauer returns to save the day in '24' revival

NEW YORK--Jack's back. A counterterrorism agent forced to go rogue, Jack Bauer had been lying low since 2010. He's been off the grid and off-screen since the final cycle of “24.”

For eight seasons of this Fox thriller, the indomitable Bauer repeatedly saved the country from innumerable disasters (or tried to) at grave cost to himself. But far from being showered in the thanks of a grateful nation, he was branded and re-branded a most-wanted villain for his service. He had no choice but to go on the lam.

Viewers — like his fictional pursuers on “24” — might reasonably have given up on ever seeing Jack again.

But on “24: Live Another Day,” he is nabbed by the CIA shortly after 11 a.m., London time, as this real-time, sequential drama erupts with the first of a dozen episodes that will carry the saga to a breathless resolution 12 hours later in the same hectic day.

Noted: Past “24” seasons ran 24 hours, hence the series' title. So “12” might have been a more appropriate, if lame-sounding, name for this miniseries, which premieres Monday at 8 p.m. EDT with two episodes, spanning the period from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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