"24" Season 7 Two-Hour Prequel to Air in Fall
FOX had said the 7th season of its action drama "24" would be delayed because of the writers' strike till January 2009, but now it appears the show will be back a little sooner with a two-hour "prequel" to the upcoming season.
In previous years, FOX posted short season prequels online as part of marketing efforts to tout the January premieres of the show.
But since the last episode of the show aired in May 2007 and the network resisted pressures to bring the show back in the fall 2008 in order to preserve the non-stop season, FOX has decided to extend the prequel into a full feature movie.
It is not yet clear whether the movie would air during November sweeps or at an earlier point.
The studio filmed 8 episodes of the Washington-based season 7 prior to the strike. The filming of the rest of the season will begin in April.
The new 2-hour movie will be designed to bridge the gap between events in seasons 6 and 7.
Since 2005, the show has been airing January-May without preemptions because of its real time format.