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The best TV picks for the week ahead

bcain@newsobserver.comMay 1, 2014 

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in “24: Live Another Day.”


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    • The White House Correspondents Dinner is always good for a few laughs. It’s headlined this year by Joel McHale, star of NBC’s “Community” but also the sarcastic host of “The Soup,” a weekly show on the E! network that makes fun of clips from reality shows, talk shows and other pop culture miscellanea. But it’s very often the case that President Barack Obama’s speech is funnier than that of the invited comedian. It airs on Saturday from 6-11 p.m. on CSPAN, 8-11 p.m. on CNN and 9-11 p.m. on MSNBC.

    • Sunday night brings the Season 1 finale of “Resurrection” on ABC at 9 p.m.. As one might expect, the town of Arcadia, now full of returned dead people, is in a state of chaos. Also Sunday is the Season 2 finale of “Bletchley Circle,” an episode in which the women sleuths decide to stop some human traffickers themselves because there’s corruption within the police department. 10 p.m. on UNC-TV.

    • David Spade has a new stand-up special on Comedy Central Sunday (10 p.m.). “David Spade: My Fake Problems” was filmed in Hollywood and features Spade’s story about the time Chris Farley bought him 10 lap dances in a row.

    • On Monday, get ready for season finales for “2 Broke Girls” (8 p.m., CBS), “The Tomorrow People” (9 p.m., CW) and “Bates Motel” (10 p.m., A&E).

    • Tuesday finales include “New Girl” (9 p.m., Fox) and “The Mindy Project” (9:30 p.m., Fox).

    • The “CSI” season finale happens Wednesday at 10 p.m. on CBS, and the “Two and a Half Men” season finale takes place on CBS at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Jack is back.

In an unusual move, Fox has resurrected “24” hero Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) for a limited series event, “24: Live Another Day.” The first two of 12 episodes air Monday at 8 p.m. on Fox.

The premiere begins with the adrenaline-pumping action “24” fans grew accustomed to in the series’ early seasons. We start with Jack getting into some trouble (he’s a fugitive and considered a terrorist by the U.S. government), but possessed by a single-minded mission to save the U.S. president (William DeVane) from an assassination attempt during a diplomatic trip to London.

We dare not reveal more about the plot (except: drones, drones, drones!), but not to worry – the details are no more believable or credible than they ever were. But since when did any of that matter with “24”? The result is still pretty entertaining.

It’s worth noting that the structure of the show sticks to the 1-hour-per-episode format of the original “24” series, but the miniseries season will wrap up after 12 hours instead of 24. Not all of the 12 hours will be consecutive, though.

Also a bit different is that the show is set and filmed entirely in London, and picks up approximately four years after “24” ended in 2010 (with unrealized dreams of a “24” movie to continue Jack’s saga).

Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) is back in play, joined by an excellent supporting cast that includes Benjamin Bratt, Tate Donovan, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Yvonne Strahovski and some old favorites. We’ll let some of those be a surprise.

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