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'24' clock may start ticking again with Kiefer Sutherland in new limited series

Has Jack Bauer been missing the days when he pulled an all-nighter to save the world? Numerous web sites are reporting that "24" is going to return to FOX as a limited series.Deadline noted that no deals are in place for the real-time drama's return, but said that the network is looking to add it to a list of limited-event series. The show ended an eight-season run in 2010, and discussions about h
Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) in "24."
Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) in "24."Adam Taylor / Today

Has Jack Bauer been missing the days when he pulled an all-nighter to save the world? Numerous web sites are reporting that "24" is going to return to FOX as a limited series.

Deadline noted that no deals are in place for the real-time drama's return, but said that the network is looking to add it to a list of limited-event series. The show ended an eight-season run in 2010, and discussions about how to bring it to the big screen as a feature were ultimately dropped over what appeared to be budget issues.

The pieces could already be in place: Star Kiefer Sutherland's new drama "Touch" has been canceled after two seasons (and E! reports that he's set to rejoin the series, which would seem to be a requirement). Meanwhile, producer Howard Gordon (who has Emmy-winning "Homeland" and in-the-works "Tyrant" and "Legends" series on his plate) was pitching the reboot, which would start over with a brand new story arc.

To add to the discussion, ex-"24" executive producer David Fury (now over at "Tyrant") tweeted that he's also signed back on: "Yep, I'm pulling double duty along w/TYRANT," he said. "Woo & Hoo!" Later, answering some of his followers, he indicated the new show would offer 12 two-hour episodes (rather than 24 individual hours as in the series), each presented like a mini-movie.

There has been no confirm of any deal being in place, however, so fans of the show will have to continue living in suspense -- a familiar place to be. As the network told E! News, "We aren't confirming anything until Monday at our upfront presentation."