Female Empowerment Continues in 24 Season 8

I have to admit, 24′s current Season 7 is not exactly the pinnacle of excellence, but it’s still the damn best action-adventure show on TV right now. Yes, even after this week’s WTF moment with Tony Almeida. Is he or isn’t he, guys? Decide already! Anyways, now that we know the show’s 8th season (set to commence production next month!) will be set in New York and that CTU will be back, EW adds that FBI agent Renee Walker (played by Annie Wersching) will survive Season 7 and return for a pivotal role in Season 8 along with the show’s female prez, played by Cherry Jones.

Says EW’s Michael Ausiello:

Not only is she coming back next season, but exec producer Howard Gordon tells me that “some part of her past will be necessary in the context of the next crisis.” Gordon also confirms that Cherry Jones’ President Taylor will return for the Big Apple-set Day 8. “Cherry truly defined this character and fashioned our first truly aspirational President since David Palmer,” he says. “She brought an emotional weight and intelligence that exceeded even our expectations.”

Yeah, I don’t know about Jones’ Allison Taylor being all that “aspirational”. If anything, she ranks just a tad higher than the Lesser Palmer as a 24 President. Hopefully her manipulative and I’ll-sleep-with-ya-then-blackmail-ya little spark plug of a bitch — er, I mean, daughter (aka Sprague Grayden) will also be back.

Yay, Female Jack Bauer will survive Season 7! I was kinda worried for our freckled little redhead, too.

Below: “Psst. You coming back for Season 8? I made that happen. Know what I mean? Wink wink.”



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  • Brendan Murphy

    I so glad that Annie Wersching will be back as Renee for the eighth season of 24 and her past will be revealed in that season.

  • Brendan Murphy

    I so glad that Annie Wersching will be back as Renee for the eighth season of 24 and her past will be revealed in that season.

  • E Miller

    Love “24″ but let’s face the harsh reality…. the 1st 3 seasons of this show were the best!!! For the past 4 years we’ve dealt with numerous cast changes and deaths of beloved characters, and Tony Almeida ( loves my Tony!) being evil, which I did not buy! The show is a shadow of it’s former self and I for one am not thrilled with Freddie Prinze Jr. or Annie Wersching being on board for Season 8!

    • dimingo

      you are the smartest person on this blog! the first 3 seasons were without a dout the best. they killed off alot of good peaple. And they would be making a BIG mistake by not bringing tony back. Also aaron peirce should be back he is the only one who has in ALL the seasons and it would be a shame if they ruined that by leaving him out

  • E Miller

    Love “24″ but let’s face the harsh reality…. the 1st 3 seasons of this show were the best!!! For the past 4 years we’ve dealt with numerous cast changes and deaths of beloved characters, and Tony Almeida ( loves my Tony!) being evil, which I did not buy! The show is a shadow of it’s former self and I for one am not thrilled with Freddie Prinze Jr. or Annie Wersching being on board for Season 8!

  • E Miller

    Love “24″ but let’s face the harsh reality…. the 1st 3 seasons of this show were the best!!! For the past 4 years we’ve dealt with numerous cast changes and deaths of beloved characters, and Tony Almeida ( loves my Tony!) being evil, which I did not buy! The show is a shadow of it’s former self and I for one am not thrilled with Freddie Prinze Jr. or Annie Wersching being on board for Season 8!

    • dimingo

      you are the smartest person on this blog! the first 3 seasons were without a dout the best. they killed off alot of good peaple. And they would be making a BIG mistake by not bringing tony back. Also aaron peirce should be back he is the only one who has in ALL the seasons and it would be a shame if they ruined that by leaving him out

  • diana

    Ahhh, Tony. No, cannot leave him out of Season 8. He can be brought back after some therapy, I mean come on, look what he has been through! Therapy would not be out of the question…so, he comes back as the new and improved Tony – but having to work on getting everyone’s trust again…well, those who are left. Whatever happened to Bill’s wife? Pardoned and retired – was that ever explained? I am glad to hear that CTU will be back-and New York makes sense.

  • diana

    Ahhh, Tony. No, cannot leave him out of Season 8. He can be brought back after some therapy, I mean come on, look what he has been through! Therapy would not be out of the question…so, he comes back as the new and improved Tony – but having to work on getting everyone’s trust again…well, those who are left. Whatever happened to Bill’s wife? Pardoned and retired – was that ever explained? I am glad to hear that CTU will be back-and New York makes sense.

  • Anne

    I can’t believe Tony isn’t coming back for season 8!! Besides Jack, he was my favorite character still alive. This is supposedly the last season, so how can we see no more of Tony Almeida????

  • Anne

    I can’t believe Tony isn’t coming back for season 8!! Besides Jack, he was my favorite character still alive. This is supposedly the last season, so how can we see no more of Tony Almeida????

  • Anne

    I cannot believe Tony is not in season 8!! He is my favprite living character besides Jack… This is supposedly the last season (=[) so how can we see no more Tony Almeida???