It would take an interrogation of Jack Bauer magnitude to get any real secrets out of anyone involved with 24. But Kiefer Sutherland is a pro at whetting our appetites for the new adventure without ruining any of the surprises. The show enters its sixth season this month.
Interview: Kiefer Sutherland on the Upcoming Season Six of 24
"The show is political," said Sutherland. "It’s not that the show has not been political but I think last season it became political because people observing it drew a political angle from it. I remember Joel Surnow, the writer, saying it’s really quite amazing to have the right kind of adopt the show the way they have and then have the left, Barbra Streisand and so many people on the left adopt the show for themselves as well. And that it’s managed to run this kind of mutual political ground while having very strong political aspirations within the context of the show. This year, there’s a couple statements that are very political. They are on purpose from the writers and I think they chose to address a really interesting situation in our society."
After taking down the Logan administration, it would seem poor Gregory Itzin and Jean Smart are out of a job. Not so, said Sutherland. "He will be on in some capacity. She and Greg both, absolutely, and I think that that was a really dangerous part and the fact is that she really did take it on as Mrs. Lincoln and that was one of those great moments where you saw an actor instead of trying to defend herself from it, absolutely attack what could have been a death blow to that character. Just truly one of the most amazing performances I’ve seen and someone I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I think they both are going to be, in which capacity and how much I don't know. I don't know that yet."
Jack won't be in such good shape either. We've already seen the ads with the beard from months in Chinese custody, as has anyone who watched the DVD prequel short. "Certainly from Jack’s point of view, he’s at the end of his line. Something’s going to have to really rejuvenate him from the position that he’s in. So in that area, there’s going to be a character shift within the context of the show with his character. There has to be. Otherwise he’s just going to be dead. And he’s been put through it. So it’s going to be interesting at least to try to come from a very dark, really deep, dark place and actually try and come up as opposed to starting in an up position and going down. That’ll be different."
Sutherland himself would keep at it as long as we let him. "That’s up to an audience. Me, I love doing it and I’m glad that they let me do it as long as they have."