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24 is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning United States television series. Broadcast by Fox Network in the USA and syndicated worldwide, the show first aired on November 6, 2001, with an initial thirteen episodes. The first six seasons were all centered around the fictional Los Angeles branch of the U.S. government Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU).

24 is presented in real time, with each season depicting a 24-hour period in the life of Jack Bauer, who works with the U.S. government as it fights domestic threats. Bauer is often in the field for the Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit as they try to safeguard the nation from terrorist threats. The show also follows the actions of other CTU agents, government officials and terrorists associated with the plot.

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24: Redemption (working title 24: Exile) is a Golden Globe nominated television movie that bridges the gap between the sixth and seventh seasons of the TV series 24. The narrative in the episode takes place during a presidential inauguration and is split between the fictional African nation Sangala and the United States: in Sangala, Jack Bauer finds himself caught up in a military coup while trying to find a place where he can 'be at peace'; and in the United States, where President-elect Allison Taylor is being sworn in to office. The movie takes place in real-time, covering two hours, 3:00 to 5:00 PM, local time.

The movie premiered on November 23, 2008 in the USA with the extended DVD released two days later. The movie aired on November 24, 2008 on Sky1 in the UK and on December 5, 2008 on the Seven Network in Australia. The extended version features the removal of the 24 clock that would appear at commercial breaks, and as such the time of day varies between the two versions at some specific areas where a time of day clock is shown. The clock is still seen at the beginning and ending of the extended version.

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Kiefer Sutherland, who portrays Jack Bauer on the TV series.

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  • Fox News has announced that a new 12 episode season during fox network's 2013/2014 Television season.(Foxnews.com. "'24' returning to Fox for 12 episodes, network announces". Fox News. Retrieved 7 July 2013. )
  • A 2 hour TV movie, 24: Redemption, is set to be released on November 23, 2008.(Maria Elena Fernandez (2008-07-14). "TCA: '24: Exile'/The Return of Jack Bauer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-07-14. )
  • A 24: The Movie feature film was originally scheduled to be released on August 21, 2008. In April 2007, it was announced that plans to shoot the film have been put on hold.("24 movie delayed indefinitely". )
  • Because of the "real-time" storytelling approach to 24, and the series' willingness to directly address the threat of terrorism, the implementation of torture as a way to acquire information and the use and misuse of government authority, the series has generated a sizeable critical reaction, both positive and negative.

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