04.30 | Is '24' running out of time?

Jack Bauer, America's favorite counter-terrorism agent with the violent code of honor and the weird sadomasochistic bent, is squaring off against a stealthy and unforgiving new enemy.

His fans.

Is '24' running out of time? Possibly. Maybe Jack is going to settle down:

The question is: Will Kim Raver stick around to play Audrey? Jack's Kiefer Sutherland has said plenty of times he likes working with Raver and wants Jack to settle down with her eventually, if Jack doesn't die someday.

Can't see it happening, frankly.

01.12 | Get your own Jack Bauer action figure

24j Jack Bauer action figure

Apparently some Jack Bauer action figures will be on the shelves in August... but it would have been a lot sooner if it wasn't for Kiefer Sutherland setting fire to the prototype when drunk:

"They tried to come out with one a couple of years ago and they had sent me the doll for my approval... We took the doll out for a night to have some fun and we'd had some drinks. We sat it on the corner of the table. "We started torturing him around 11 o'clock at night, and, by two o'clock in the morning, we had set him on fire in the parking lot. "We got up the next day and there was just this puddle of wax. His clothes didn't burn, which I thought was pretty cool... and then I got a call the next day saying, 'Did you like the doll?' I said, 'Yeah, it was great.' And they said, 'Well, OK, good, you gotta send it back to us because that was the prototype... It took that guy a year to make it.' "I said, 'Well, let me look for it, I think I left it in the trailer.' This went on for about a week and then I had to just kinda come clean."

04.28 | That guy from Desperate Housewives could have been Jack Bauer

Actor Richard Burgi, who played Alan York in the first season of '24', tells TVGuide.com that he was originally cast as Jack Bauer before Kiefer Sutherland:

TVGuide.com: What happened, you got killed off sooner than you would have liked? Burgi: No, no, no. Actually, the producers had wanted me for that show, but the network wanted Kiefer [as the lead], so....

TVGuide.com: Having been there on Day 1, could you tell 24 had legs?
Burgi: You know, the same thing happened with Desperate Housewives: I really didn't think anything other than what we were doing was interesting. I liked the 24 script, which is why I was so passionate about it. When Kiefer got the role, [series cocreator] Joel Surnow called me and said, "I'm really sorry. But we'd still like to have you be a part of the show." They offered me the role of Alan York and I said, "Yep! Love it!" And then when I saw where they were going with it, I thought, "This could go either way. It could be really, really dark and taken down a rough road and be on the receiving end of criticism about its content, or it could break new ground."

02.27 | The Jack Bauer Kill Count

Here's an excellent Jack Bauer Kill Count, which tots up how many baddies Jack has offed during the course of each season.

If you haven't seen all the latest season five episodes, I wouldn't bother with it as it'll tell you how many people are dead and also has clips and screengrabs of each kill.

Would it be a surprise to tell you that he kills the most people during season four?

01.11 | Jack Bauer vs Jesus

It is also through Bauer’s lens that we can perhaps see into the more human side of what it is like to be a hero when others don’t even know they need one, which is similar—if you buy the story—to the story of Jesus Christ himself. Imagine the patience He must have had as He tried to make people aware of a spiritual world they couldn’t see, realities they wouldn’t fathom, ground rules that didn’t seem to apply, an enemy they failed to acknowledge and a battle they denied was existing in the heavenlies. And He didn’t fix everything wrong with the world, either. At least not then.
Beliefnet.com examines the parallels between '24' and Christianity.

Empire Medical Training 01.11 | '24' heads back into action with new twists

Another good article about the new season:

"There’s a running joke among fans that Jack never goes to the bathroom," Sutherland recalls. "We had a scene where I was running towards a sign pointing 'BATHROOM' to the left and 'OFFICES' to the right. I did a double-take and ran towards the bathroom! We sent it in to the network, as a joke reel. But, quite frankly, nobody wants to see Jack Bauer go to the bathroom."
MSNBC also lets slip that the show is filmed in a former pencil factory.

12.23 | The Jack Bauer rock song

The band Adrenachrome has recorded a song entitled 'Bauer' in tribute to Jack Bauer. You can download it from their site. Beware: it's pretty rocking.

10.04 | Jack Bauer eats more Calorie Mate

Jack Bauer eats Calorie Mate

"STOP THE CAR! MOVE OVER!"

Following Jack Bauer's two other attempts at advertising Japanese health snack food Calorie Mate, the third advert in the series has hit the internet. This time Jack hijacks a van to take him to the Tokyo Metropolitan government building where some terrorism is going down. Thanks to Japundit for the link.

Three down, 21 adverts to go...