Top of the Morning, July 11, 2014
It is ending. Probably forever. And nobody at the house is happy about it.
The season finale of the revived "24: Live Another Day" airs at 8 p.m. Monday on WCCU (Fox).
It is a shortened season of "24." Instead of 24 real-time episodes like in the first eight seasons, the show has been reduced to 12 hour-long episodes. The physical demands on aging star Kiefer Sutherland certainly played a part in the reduced season. Donald's kid is a long way removed from his days in "The Lost Boys" and "Stand By Me." Seems like only yesterday he was engaged to Julia Roberts.
Crazy opinion time: Sutherland's "Jack Bauer" is one of the best characters in the history of series television. He is angry. A lot. And he has reasons to be. Almost every person he gets close to dies, including first wife and President David Palmer. When his girlfriend was killed in the eighth season, Jack went on a revenge rampage that carried over to this year.
He is still being hunted by the Russians. Never a good thing. And he has a Chinese nemesis named Cheng Zhi, who is trying to spark a war in an effort to get even with the Chinese, who turned against him. It is less complicated than it sounds.
The show has always found creative ways to kill its villains and you have to figure something nasty is going to happen to Cheng. Probably with Jack doing the deed.
A bad end is also likely for weasel-like Mark Boudreau (Tate Donovan). Maybe this is punishment for his appearance in the dreadful "Hostages."
We can only hope Jack makes it out alive, keeping our slim hopes that the series returns with Bauer back again. Doubtful. And we hope nothing happens to Jack's cohort Chloe, who was annoying in the early seasons but became one of the show's best assets.
Other distractions for the weekend:
7 p.m., WAND (NBC)
This is your chance to see a show that isn't a repeat. During the summer your options are limited.
7 p.m., HBO
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are stranded in space. Seven Oscars means it must be good.
World Cup final:
Germany vs. Argentina
1:30 p.m., WICD (ABC)
A special request: Please score some goals. A 0-0 tie after 120 minutes is no fun to watch for anyone. Sorry, soccer purists.