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24 Brings Back
A Familiar Face!!

I am – Hercules!!
“Soul Patch” Tony Almeida, a fixture on “24” from season one until his apparent demise in season five, will be reteaming with Jack Bauer for at least the first few hours of the series’ seventh season. From a Fox press release:
Bauer's day gets off to a shocking start when former colleague Tony Almeida (played by Carlos Bernard), last seen in Day 5, returns after being left for dead by a terrorist conspirator in CTU's infirmary.
This is not the hugest news, of course, because: a) It’s long been known that the original plan was to bring Tony back in the final seconds of season six; and b) Tony’s death didn’t mute the ticking clock the way chubby CTU computer geek Edgar Stiles’ death did in the prior episode.

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  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World


  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:06 p.m. CST

    This is...

    by Smerph

    bizarre stupid and awesome at the same time.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:07 p.m. CST

    YES TONY!!

    by coachaaron

    great news. of course, we've seen it coming for 2 years now, but still great to get the official word. i think they'll be smart enough to keep him around this time.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:08 p.m. CST


    by Kage

    i have nothing against ol' soul patch-- but this season is gonna suck ballz. but it can't be worse than last season. right? right??

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Zombie Almeida!!!

    by Purgatori

    It's from that damn meteroite. I knew it! Woot!

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST

    After last year's debacle, I'm giving them 3 episodes

    by Garbageman33

    Got that Fox?! You have exactly three episodes to hook me.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST

    YES TONY'S BACK!!!!!

    by mtoppi1975

    About f'ing time they brought Tony back. I thought he was dead for sure. Now it'll be nice to see him get a little revenge for Michelle's death. (I miss Michelle. She was my dream girl...)

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST


    by Birdys Piano Teacher


  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST


    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World


  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Did they finally realize that maybe, just maybe...

    by Garbageman33

    Killing off all the supporting characters was not the right way to go? Of course, now they have to do some sort of ridculous, voodoo magic explanation for why he's not dead. Here's a thought: maybe you shouldn't have killed him in the first place. It wasn't shocking. And it wasn't super cool. Any moreso than when you killed off Edgar or Curtis or Ryan (ok, that was cool).

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by 24200124

    What? You gotta be fucking kidding me! They had the sheet over top of him and everything! He as checked out by CTU staff and Jack was crying about it! WTF?!?! I've already lost faith (due to last season's just absolute badness), but not my belief in this show. However, that belief is going to be sorely tested with this news... But I liked Tony anyway, so this is going to be okay... will it?

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:17 p.m. CST

    I was hoping...

    by banditmania

    Fred Ward would show up as his dad.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Make him the villain.

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    Jack Bauer vs Ra's Al'Meida would probably almost kick ass. Well, at least until Jack totally punks Tony yet again. Poor Tony...

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    I'm kind of pissed

    by BLWiseass

    but only because i wish i had been surprised when i saw him pop up on screen. The Tony reveal in season 3 I guess it was, was pretty friggin awesome. "who are you calling" "the only person i can trust". When Tony stepped in and blew away the terrorists of the week, I literally jumped out of my seat and pumped my fist. Sigh. I miss when 24 got my blood pumping like that

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:21 p.m. CST

    He better be back for good...

    by Ironmuskrat

    I hope this isn't going to be some cheap stunt to boost rating in first couple of episodes. I can almost see it now, Jack is facing certain death and at the last minute Tony jumps out of the bushes and catches a bullet meant for Jack, then Tony keels over dead. Of course jack will pause for a second to make the squinty eye gassy face he always makes when someone close to him is killed, but only for a second because Jack has people to save dammit!

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by cdubbs727

    I think the circumstances surrounding Tony's reappearance are simply a case of "last season sucked and we lost viewers". I don't buy for a minute that this was some overall plan, because there was nothing to give us the thought that Tony was alive...except, of course, for the ticking clock instead of a silent one, which I always attribute to Fox's stupidity. I don't know what to think about this. Yeah, I'd love seeing Tony and Jack team up again and Carlos Bernard was a great addition to the show and was sorely missed last season. But I also think that in a show that likes to pride itself on being edgy and gritty and unexpected, it's a copout to bring back a character we figured was dead. I don't know how they can even logically explain this except to just pray and hope we don't ask too many questions. And if Heroes winds up having another strong season, my favorite show may have already lost a viewer because of the debacle that was Day 6.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I don't fucking believe it. Seriously.

    by nopix

    We all hated Tony's demise, it was horribly executed. But these writers are desperate. Zombie Tony rules!

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    He was just taking a nap guys!

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Settle down fellas

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Quit pissing on our parade, shuttlepod_10

    by slone13


  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST

    As kind of retarded as bringing him back is . . .

    by underscore_only

    YES!! FUCKING YES!!!! I knew eventually they'd realize the mistake in killing him off . . . I'm just glad it manifested in bringing his gun-toting, soul-patching ass BACK!! Woot.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Tony Almeida is the sexiest tomboy beanpole on the.....

    by thepurplelantern

    This is actually great news. Tony is awesome, and, really, I want to see him die by Jack's hands, just like Curtis, aka Black Jack aka The Black Bauer did.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST



    Spoiler warnings should be miles bigger!! I had no idea Tony was supposed to come back. Fuck.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:45 p.m. CST

    why did fox change the ending of season six

    by emeraldboy

    I mean tony walking up to jack, that would have been dramatic considering we and jack thought he was dead. but having jack stair into the sea. that was shite.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:47 p.m. CST



    If there is one single fucking mole on the show this season, I'll...... still watch it but will not be happy about it. No sir.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Goddamn it.

    by CatVutt

    Don't get me wrong...I like the move, but after all the speculation about it and our calls for Zombie Almeida and everything, it would've been such a rush to see him appear without the spoiler. Now, it can't help but be a little bit of a letdown.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Tony faked his

    by emeraldboy

    own death and jack was in on it. somthing happen off camera. Tony is now deranged. This is fox after all so dont be suprised if jack starts wearing a green shirt like bruce in Die Hard and Tony is the series pissed off villain. He is out to bring down the country. he hears that the villain was jacks father and he has turned against his old friend. If this is the last season. I am going to make a prediction. Tony Kills Jack!

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 5:02 p.m. CST

    When there's no more room in hell.

    by glodene

    Soul Patch will walk the earth (in primetime) Shudder!

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 5:06 p.m. CST

    I hope he doesn't just have a cameo and then get killed

    by Mullah Omar

    I was bummed out when virtually all the longtime cast members got whacked in Season 5. I don't think most of the character deaths on 24 add much to the drama, anyway. The most resonant death on the show for me has been Chapelle because of how the situation exposed what everyone assumed was a bad guy as a good guy deep down, and it didn't feel at all like the writers cheated. If 24 could give every death that sort of drama, I'd be okay with the body count, but so often interesting characters seem to get killed off for simple shock value. If Tony is back, bring him back to stay.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 5:07 p.m. CST


    by SkidMarkedUndies


  • Sept. 19, 2007, 5:22 p.m. CST

    i can't believe WE watch this crap

    by SantiagoAtez

    I say "WE" because I'm guilty as charged, as well. I don't even look forward to the episodes, but I watch them anyway....thinking that show will finally grow out of its superficial soap-opera fox-news self-recycling piece of shit form. But it never seems to do it...

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Cross it over with "Prison Break"...

    by Christopher3

    Which is also straining credulity at this point. Bionic Almeida vs. the Burrows Brothers in a Thunderdome Prison Deathmatch. Why not? It worked for Aliens and Predators. No wait - it didn't.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by photoboy

    Seriously, I thought he was great.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 5:41 p.m. CST

    ...and over the blue whale we go...

    by eppdude

    cuz 24 jumped the shark long ago.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Tony is the shit

    by Charlie Murphy

    who was so pissed at 24 when they killed him he couldn't shut the fuck up about it for like three weeks? This guy. how are they gonna explain this one, i wonder...

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Fuck yeah! TOE-NEEEEEEEEEE!

    by raw_bean

    I mean, realistically it's sucky and contrived bringing back a dead character like this, but I hated the *way* he went out even more than I hated the *fact* that he went out at all (which was a lot), and it'll be great to have him back. His re-entrance in Season 4 was one of the great moments in TV for me.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 6:03 p.m. CST

    feh, we all knew Tony was coming back

    by newc0253

    now, if they brought back Michelle, *that* would be news.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    wouldn't is suck if they brought him back

    by punto

    just to give him a proper death? you know it would make for a great twist. plus he's only on the "first few hours" according to this

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 6:11 p.m. CST


    by PirateEmery

    You are a puta. Don't even dare give the 24 writers such an idea.<p> Although I know it wouldn't be such a surprise coming from that crew.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 6:13 p.m. CST

    24 jumps the shark. Again

    by kungfuhobbit

    This is just shit. The writers need to wrap up 24 this season for good

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 6:31 p.m. CST

    I'd take Edgar back instead of Tony also.

    by Rumpel Tumskin

    When he died, a little bit of the show died with him....sniff. Plus i think he could have given Morris much better shit than Milo did, who I am glad is dead.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Maybe he will help bring the show back

    by performingmonkey

    Who gives a frak about the explanation of how he's alive, he's BACK and that's what the show needs, a little grounding and reassurance from a 'veteran'. Fucking hell, does anyone remember the greatness of season 1? That and season 5 are still two of the greatest seasons of television ever. Seasons 2 and 3 came close too (I thought the second half of 4 sucked and 6...well...). Come ON Cochran/Gordon/Surnow, give us a fucking great season!

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 6:36 p.m. CST

    video recording

    by rhaps0dy

    I reckon it is just a cheap trick and jack just finds some videos which tony left behind in case of his death! Hence he will be back only not in the living flesh

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Season 7 Zombie Season? Darlton was right!

    by PirateEmery

    shuttlepod, great memory!<p> Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse believed that Season 7 of LOST would be the Zombie season where all the dead characters came back.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Bring Tony's Wife Back Too.

    by estacado

    She the only hot girl that doesn't make me wanna slap her in the face. That arab chick is such a bitch-slut, I can't stand it. And don't get me started with Chloe. And Pitrelli's wife is a whining bitch.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 6:59 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    You realised you made a huge mistake killing off Almeida. So bring him back for thw whole series. 24 isn't 24 without Tony Almeida. Tony and Jack must never be seperated. LONG LIVE TONY ALMEIDA!!!!

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 7:04 p.m. CST

    The whole press release SPOILERS

    by kwisatzhaderach

    The innovative, addictive, Emmy Award-winning television series "24" resets the clock for Season Seven with a special two-night premiere event Sunday, Jan. 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Monday, Jan. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox. In keeping with Fox's commitment to airing original programming year-round, the intense season will unfold in "24's" regular 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT time period beginning Monday, Jan. 14, and will continue to air all originals all season into June. "Day 7" of "24" will continue the show's unique and trend-setting format with compelling new elements. With CTU dismantled, the show's setting moves to Washington, DC, where Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) faces trial for his actions in the pursuit of justice. Bauer's day gets off to a shocking start when former colleague Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), last seen in "Day 5," returns after being left for dead by a terrorist conspirator in CTU's infirmary. "Tony's uncertain fate near the end of 'Day 5' left the door open for his return," said executive producer/show-runner Howard Gordon. "And since there was no silent clock at the conclusion of his last appearance the '24' tribute to a major character's demise we always kept this as a possibility." Bernard's return highlights a list of notable cast members clocking in for Season Seven, including the previously announced Cherry Jones as President Allison Taylor and Janeane Garofalo as FBI Agent Janis Gold. Colm Feore will play First Gentleman Henry Taylor and Bob Gunton is White House Chief of Staff Ethan Kanin. FBI Agents assigned to the team investigating the crisis befalling Bauer include Garofalo's Agent Gold in addition to Annie Wersching as Agent Renee Walker, Jeffrey Nordling as Agent Larry Moss and Rhys Coiro as Agent Sean Hillinger. John Billingsley portrays security specialist Michael Latham. Although CTU is no longer, Chloe O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and Bill Buchanan (James Morrison) are back for another momentous day of shocking events.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Agent Sean Willinger?

    by Garbageman33

    Nah, Rhys Coiro will always be Billy Walsh to me. I wonder if he still has the giant Pablo Escobar tattoo on his back.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Michelle Fucking Dressler!

    by Vonfolger

    ... Better be back as well. I never bought them dying for ONE second. They were the heads of their own private security firm! Only themselves, Chloe and the Palmer (The real palmer) being the only ones alive that knew Jack's secret... and BAM three killed in one episode for a hell of a ratings stunt.. The three best characters ever on the series dead instantly... stupid... bring them all back.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by Mako

    If "24" is jumping the shark... bring on the feeding frenzy!!! Soul-Patch is BACK!!!

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Another nail in the coffin

    by The Artist FKA Vesuvio

    RIP 24 * Day One + 1/2 Day Three

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Sweet God

    by jmac4ever

    Could it be true? Could they actually be LISTENING? So, so good to have Tony back.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Sweet God

    by jmac4ever

    Could it be true? Could they actually be LISTENING? So, so good to have Tony back.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Upstairs we are having a fabulous party...

    by Shermdawg

    ...but we've run out of wine. So I am forced to borrow a bottle of yours. <br><br> My God, it stinks in here! <br><br> It stinks of stupid women wondering about Tony. <br><br> Wondering where he could be. <br><br> Who he is with. <br><br> What he's thinking. <br><br> Whether he's thinking of you. <br><br> And whether he'll ever return someday.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 8:37 p.m. CST

    I think Tony's first onscreen kill

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    should be him bludgeoning someone with his Cub mug. Then filling it up with Maker's Mark, and doing a Captain Morgan pose on the corpse. LONG LIVE SOULPATCH!

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 8:43 p.m. CST

    There is no possible way...

    by PushTheButton

    they can write up an explaination for Tony NOT being dead at day five. I didn't like the death either, but the writers are just making it worse by piling on more bullshit. "no silent clock" my ass. If you wanted him to stay alive, you'd rush him out on a strecher like Silver Spoons, not put a fucking sheet over hm!

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Bringing back tony in the season 6 finale

    by Jor-El23

    would have at least somewhat salvaged an awful season.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 9:01 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't mind if Almeida took over for Jack...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Maybe for the second half of this season, or next season, Tony could take over. Another gimmick idea would be to depict Jack's and Tony's activities running in parallel to one another via split screen. Basically, I think this show needs a fresh start and new approach, and turning Almeida into an equal-parter/protagonist to Jack would have the potential to amp up the excitement in a more innovative manner.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Dust off that Cubs Mug props guy!!!!

    by jimbojones123

    I don't care if they spin it as seasons 5 and 6 were elseworlds episodes of 24. Great job producers. Continuity can kiss my fanny!!

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Really -- Season 6 would be at least 2 spots higher

    by jimbojones123

    If Tony came back at the end. Maybe he pistol whips Secetary Heller and brushes Audry's Mane. Then Tony and Jack do shots out of the Cubs Mug and laugh about how stupid Doyle was for opening up that package. Dumbass. They should also call him Spoonie.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Need Reiko Aylesworth back...

    by chromedome

    ...I would be willing to suspend my disbelief for her.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 9:55 p.m. CST


    by blacklodgebob

    I'm really excited for this. This means we're one step closer to Nina's even more evil twin sister showing up, which I've been gunning for a while now.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 9:56 p.m. CST


    by blacklodgebob

    I heard early on Tony might be the big bad for season 7...are they still going that route?

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Now we just need the ghost of Michelle Dessler

    by Osmosis Jones


  • Sept. 19, 2007, 10:08 p.m. CST

    it's not Tony Almeida but his twin bro, Larry Almeida

    by howardroark

    they of the flying Almeida bros.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Tony Almeida's not dead, he's FROZEN!!

    by uss cygnus

    And as soon as they found a cure for the toxin, they thawed out Tony. Have you ever taken a cold shower? Well, magnify that by 50,000 times and that's how pissed off Tony's gonna be! I'm going to get Tony, Jack, the Duke, John Cassavettes, Lee Marvin and Sam Peckinpah, and a case a whiskey, and we're going to drive down to Texas...."Hey, you really are a cougar, you know that?" Why don't you shut up and GET ME A HACKSAW, PAL!

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Bizarro Tony, like that evil twin Riker from ST:TNG...

    by Darth Bauer

    But instead he has a mustache, because mustaches are evil.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 11:36 p.m. CST

    I hope the cougar has a speaking role...

    by Triceratops on Fire

    Cause that would TOTALLY ground this series in reality.<br><br>Yep.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, midnight CST

    I'm really torn

    by Anino

    As much as I loved the Tony character, and as much as I hated his 'demise'...I don't know, I just don't know about bringing him back this way. And if it's at the beginning of the season, the silliness factor of a soap-opera style resurrection will set the tone for the rest of the season. How are they going to pull this off without everyone rolling their eyes? Or will he be seen in a flashback a la Lost? Or will it be his funeral, and his corpse snickers like Jimmy Fallon in an SNL sketch? Or will they prop him up like a post-suicidal Antony on an Egyptian throne with a pistol in his hand and a phone that keeps going off without being answered? DAMNIT!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2007, midnight CST

    This is fucking stupid...

    by Sledge Hammer

    I love 24, and I make no apologies for that fact, but this is the lamest thing they've ever done. Yeah, Almeida was popular, and a great character, and nobody wanted to see him killed off, but that's the point, that's why it meant something when they had Weller kill him, to retcon that is utter bullshit. What a load.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 12:22 a.m. CST

    24 has always required a certain amount...

    by chromedome

    ...of willing suspension of disbelief and "buying in" from the viewers.<p>The last season ramped that up (down?) to a willing suspension of the gag and puke reflex<p>So I guess it will be required to be willing to take it up the ___ with the new season.<p>"The enema of my enema is my friend"

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 12:30 a.m. CST

    I say rework the entire show:

    by chromedome

    24: twenty four hours of ONLY the hottest women (Mandy, Michelle, Nina, Kim, others) in uncensored sessions with CTU Dermatologists being searched, scanned, and scrunitized from every angle for Suspicious Moles.<p>It just AINT 24 if there aint no moles....

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 12:31 a.m. CST

    This is the best news I've heard in months!

    by LoneGun

    If anything can get 24 back on its feet after that faltering sixth season, it's Tony Almeida. Hopefully, they'll keep him around for the long run. Who else to take over as leading man on the show, if ever they were to kill off Jack Bauer, always a bizarre possibliity? It would be interesting if Almeida took the lead for just one season. Either way, he always felt integral to the show. I think it's great that they're bringing him back. If only they could do the same for Michelle Dressler. She was awesome.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Soul Patch 4 Life

    by CrazyJoeDavola

    Welcome back Tony!

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Fucking A!

    by biggerjohn

    Yes it's ridicoulous but who fucking cares- it ain't 24 without him. I'm 100% behind the return of the 'patch. (They should play it like Jack enters the building- see the cubs mug and piece it together possibly using the Tim Bisley line of "you've gotta be fucking kidding"). TONY RULES!

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 1:21 a.m. CST


    by Dannychico

    This is the greatest TV news in the history of my life. I don't care how implausible his return is. 24 needs him back. AND HE BETTER NOT BE KILLED OFF AGAIN.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 1:38 a.m. CST

    "in the history of your LIFE"????

    by chromedome

    ..are you 3 months old?<p>Just kidding, Dannychico. Enjoy!

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 1:46 a.m. CST


    by JackBauer@CTU

    Nina never got a silent clock either...AND we never actually did see Jack fatally shoot her. Maybe he missed? Maybe his gun had rubber bullets and just really, really bruised her?

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST


    by Mogwai Democracy

    now we're talking! i've long held that Tony was still alive. no silent clock, plus his death was just ambiguous by 24 standards: an injection? c'mon. like i said before: we don't know what he was injected with, we don't know how much of a dose he got, we don't know how deep the needle penetrated and if he got a dose in a vein, in the muscle tissue, body fat, etc. and we've all seen the news stories where someone wakes up in the morgue and freaks all the doctors out. it is very possible for Tony to be alive, no shark jumping required.<br><br>but i gotta say... i am PISSED that fucking Fox chose to spoil this in A FUCKING PRESS RELEASE MONTHS BEFORE THE SHOW EVEN AIRS!!! most likely they are just trying to build up their audience again after so many people jumped ship after last season, but c'mon! how cool would it have been to be watching the premiere and have Tony fucking appear when no one was expecting it? that would have been a hell of a moment and now Fox ruined it!<br><br>still, i gotta say season 7 is shaping up to be a winner. also glad to see Bill coming back! have some faith people and lets see what the premiere brings. can't wait to see that Cubs mug again!

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 2:15 a.m. CST

    He comes back with superpowers

    by LittleDudes

    See the photoshops all up ins

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Hope that they don't...

    by Rich Malone

    I'm with you guys that this is great news for 24...I'm actually surprised that they brought him back (must've had the fox interns scrollinjg through AICN). BUT, the whole 'he's only going to be in the first few episodes' thing scares me...and when you think about it, there might just be a logical explanation. Think about it. Jack's in D.C., facing a committe that might possibly bring him up on charges, and the panel is going over all of his missions (from operation Nightfall/ before the show begins all the way to season six), he's thinking about the times and the people and his co-workers, and then BAM..... A 'Lost' style flashback that plays in between the season 7 action showing him and Tony working together on a mission, circa 1999-2000(right before the timeline of the show's reality). That would explain why Carlos Bernard would only be in the first few hours (unless the producers are just fuckin' wit' us). But I hope that he'll continue with the show for the full two-year run.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Who the hell cares how they bring him back?

    by Big Dumb Ape

    The truth is, as much as many of us love 24 and HATE to say this, last year was utter crap -- a true 5 turd rating. Talk about a total waste of an entire season that went completely nowhere and had some of the shittiest writing ever.<p>So frankly I don't care how they bring back zombie Tony. I'm sure they'll toss out some excuse that they think is clever, but whether it makes sense or not this is one instance where my mind will turn off and gloss over it and I'll instantly say "Yeah, whatever." The truth is bringing Tony back is the BEST news I've heard yet -- Fox and the Producers KNOW the fans wanted this -- and it certainly will help to generate some good will since the idea of Jack reporting to President Hillary already has this show in serious shit waters, and it hasn't even debuted yet. I mean, come on, a little reality check. How many Presidents are we supposed to have gone through in so few seasons? Why they just didn't keep Powers Boothe is beyond me. You went to the trouble of introducing him, he was good in the role, so why not keep SOME continuity going?<p>Oh, that's right, it's 24. We have to have yet ANOTHER new President so we can do the whole "bad President" and conspiracy at the highest levels crap all over again. As if THAT storyline hasn't gotten pretty fucking stale on 24 as well...

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 3:38 a.m. CST

    24, New Season: Episode 1, Scene 1.

    by bobbyjoe

    Jack: "Tony?! Is it really you?" Tony: "Yes, Jack, I didn't really die, I..." [Sound Effect: Gunshot. Tony keels over from a bullet straight through the head]. Jack: "Dammit!"

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Another desperate move.

    by The Selecter

    and let's face it, the show needs a whole lot more than the return of a *dead* beloved character for a handful of episodes to save its ass. This sort of revisionist history only makes the producers look worse.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 3:47 a.m. CST

    24, New Season: Episode 1, Scene 3.

    by bobbyjoe

    [Jack answers his door to find Tony in a head bandage] Jack: "What the hell, Tony? I just saw you get shot through the head less than ten minutes ago." Tony: "I survived, Jack! I know it sounds incredible, but..." [Sound effect: Whoosh. Tony keels over with a spear straight through his chest]. Jack: "Dammit!"

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Kim & Chase were Nuked in Valencia ?

    by Regis Travolta

    At the start of Day 5 Jack asked about Kim and Chase because he had been hiding for 18 months and avoided all contact with Kimbo. He wanted her to think he was dead remember? I think Chloe or Bill told Jack that they moved to Valencia living happily there. But -- When the nuke went off in Day 6 it was in Valencia! Therefore Kim and Chase most likely were killed. Sure they could've been out of town that day but isn't that unlikely? Well no apparently not. If Tony can come back then Kimbo and Chase can also come back. How about Mandy? Certainly. She got a Presidential Pardon at the end of Day 4. What this show really needs is to bring back Nina! She was the best villain ever. Can she have an evil twin? A twin even more evil than she was? Sarah Clarke deserves another go-round on 24 she rocked.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 3:54 a.m. CST

    24, New Season: Episode 1, Scene 7.

    by bobbyjoe

    Jack is running down the street frantically talking into his cellphone. Suddenly he hears a voice calling his name from an alley. Jack enters the alley. Jack: "Who is it? Come out or I'll shoot!" [Tony emerges, wearing a head bandage and with a spear through his chest] Tony: "Jack, it's me!" Jack: "For the love of God, Tony, how can you possibly be alive?" Tony: "I know you won't believe this, Jack, but it looks like the spear just missed my..." [Sound effect: Growling. Tony keels over as a rabid wolfhound tears out his throat]. Jack: "Dammit!"

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 3:57 a.m. CST

    24, New Season: Episode 1, Scene 11.

    by bobbyjoe

    Jack is in the middle of a meeting with Bill Buchanan. Suddenly, Bill's secretary buzzes Bill's office. Secretary: "Uh, Mr. Buchanan, there's a man with a head bandage, a spear through his chest, and some sort of dog hanging off his neck who wants to speak to Mr. Bauer." Jack: [makes a "no, no, no" sign to Bill. We see Jack and Bill hide behind a table as a bemused Tony Almaeda wanders around peeking in Bill's office windows until he finally gives up and leaves]. End of epsiode.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 4:10 a.m. CST

    That news has made my fkn day!!!

    by smellmycheese

    Seriously, it has. I've still not watched season 6 yet - going by reviews/reports, I may not actually bother... but the return of Tony in season 7 guarantees I'll be watching. Personally, I think 24 has had its day and the new season will really need to shake it up to maintain my interest, but if they decide to reintroduce Tony and then give Bernard his own Tony Almeida P.I. spin-off series, then that would be great. In fact, that's what 24 should become... or at least a Starsky & Hutch style show with Jack and Tony both taking centre stage.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 4:30 a.m. CST


    by Cotton McKnight

    DANG! Thank heavens he is back. I'm speechless.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Garth Knight=Garth Almeida

    by uss cygnus

    And he's driving Goliath, bitch.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 6:32 a.m. CST

    exactly Big Dumb Ape

    by just pillow talk

    Tony can have laser beams on the back of his head, and it's all good. At the very least, they got me to watch at least the episodes that Tony is in.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 6:50 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu's no sillier than the way Jack faked his own death in order to fool the Chinese. If that had occurred off-stage, we would have all groaned at how stupid it would be seeing Jack return. <p> The real trick here is not finding a WAY to fake the Tonemeister's death, but rather finding a plausible REASON for it. <p> What must be obvious is that it was either an official CTU project or something concocted by a core group within CTU. No way did he just wake up and fuck off on his own.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 6:58 a.m. CST

    watching this show requires checking any plausibility

    by just pillow talk

    at the door to begin with. I do agree with you Doc that they should at least attempt to explain how it is that Mr. Soul Patch is still alive and kicking. Since next season will be taking place in D.C., perhaps his appearance will be linked to some D.C. group...

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 7:11 a.m. CST

    It just struck me

    by The Selecter

    that Cochran and Surnow also killed off a supporting character in the TV version of La Femme Nikita...only to "bring him back" as a lost twin who had been kept hidden by the Section organization.<br><br>So the Larry Almeida jokes may not be that far fetched.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 8:15 a.m. CST

    So fucking stupid...

    by DanielKurland

    Seven years is long for any show, let alone one who is continuously spinning its wheels, and just had arguably their worst season. Let it end soon before we get to season 10.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Greatest tv news I've heard in a LONG time

    by clockpolitiks

    I was insanely angry at how lame and pointless the death of Tony Almeida was. It almost turned me off of 24 for good. Seriously, the sixth season suffered mainly because there weren't any good characters left. Without them, how could the story be that great. That's what people failed to realize I think. Season 5 basically fucked every season after it by killing all the god damn characters. This gives me some hope for season 7.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST

    oh and by the way when the series opens

    by emeraldboy

    Jack is on trial for something.......

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 8:39 a.m. CST

    uss cygnus: nice job with the Tony's Not Dead post

    by chrth


  • Sept. 20, 2007, 9 a.m. CST

    I dig Tony dying every hour-- Very Kennyish

    by jimbojones123

    And very Monty Python Holy Grailish.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST

    ZomB Tony chooses Life, here's why...

    by HoboJuiceExplosion


  • Sept. 20, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST


    by turketron

    Holy shit, this is the craziest news I've heard all week, I don't even care that its a spoiler! I'm shocked, honestly, but I'm happy. I seriously thought he was dead... how the hell are they going to write this one? I'm glad they didn't kill him off without a silent clock, that would be disrespectful.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Bizzaro Cubs Mug

    by jimbojones123

    Turns Water into Blood.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST

    TONY!! Now i cant wait til Jan!

    by provider84

    Who cares how he is brought back. Tony and Michelle were the only decent CTU supporting cast members this show has had. Now i need to go watch season 5 again!

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by turketron

    I mean, seriously. He was shot in the neck and up running CTU a few hours later way back in season 3. His resistance to damage would have obviously increased over the years. We should have known that it would take more than an injection from RoboCop to do him in.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST

    This is great news! Those

    by Omar B

    This is great news! Those first few seasons I always thought of as the Jack and Tony show. Aside from the first season when they didnt see eye to eye they are a good team. Hey, Tony helped Jack fake his "death" at CTU in season 4 so why couldnt the same have happened with Tony? I'm so glad, he's my favorite person they killed off.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    My God, Omar B!

    by DocPazuzu

    I think you just may have hit upon the solution! <p> I had forgotten Tony was in on the faked death thing! Maybe the stuff in the syringe meant for Peter Weller was the same kind of weird knockout serum! Maybe someone was fixing to fake Weller's death and Tony got the dose instead! <p> Remember where you heard it first, folks! AICN talkback!

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    No kidding, clockpolitiks...

    by Cotton McKnight

    Season 5 kind of reminds me of that old Bugs Bunny cartoon where Daffy Duck (I think) is trying to impress the talent agent. He tries everything but then finally, he takes this potion and he explodes. The talent agent says "that was FANTASTIC!" and Daffy says "I know.. only trouble is, I can only do it once". He was, of course, dead.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 10:56 a.m. CST

    excuse me while i go scream to the gods "thank you"

    by macgruder

    i KNEW Tony couldnt have died like that, too big of a character to die without beeps. Thank god my favorite cast member is coming back, but they better not kill him off in the first few hours now. Tony needs to take over the show once Jack is out of contract.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    bobbyjoe - you so funny you inspire my first post

    by shloey

    Dude, you made me laugh so hard coworkers were looking at me. To all Talkbackers, the 24 talkbacks are one of the great online experiences of my life. Suggestion/question: Do many of you watch the syndicated version on A&E? It's about 1/3 into Season 4 now - I've seen every episode of the series but these; I started watching about halfway through Day 4. Every day after an episode ends I shake my head in disbelief at how amazing this show is. Anyway, should we discuss the daily A&E shows? Irony: Tony just came back in yesterday's ep; today FOX tells us he'll return again in Day 7.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 11:14 a.m. CST

    First episode cliffhanger revealed

    by Haunted Tank

    Tony appears as a surprise guest at David Palmer´s and Nina Myers´wedding! Welcome back Tony!!

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST


    by BurgerKing

    They wouldn't dare...would they??

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Michelle ain't coming back

    by oisin5199

    but she'll be alive and well on ER over at NBC. And Chase and Kim were not in Valencia. In fact, remember Chase and Kim split up, which is why she was hanging with the skeevy psychiatrist, C. Thomas Howell.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST

    The big reveal should be...

    by turketron

    Tony Almeida is...<p><p> 1)Now a vampire.<p><p> 2)Now a zombie (too easy)<p><p> 3)Now a cyborg (better, faster, stronger... we can rebuild him. we have the technology.)<p><p> 4)Related to Mikhail (eye patch dude that wouldn't die) from Lost. <p><p> 5)IS A FRAKKIN SKINJOB.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 2:37 p.m. CST

    bring back the lesbian who jumped out of the plane

    by Faust_8

    quality TV, lesbians jumping out of airplanes and sitting naked by fires in the desert.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Mandy and Kate Warner

    by jimbojones123

    And her nutjob sister for sure must return!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by emeraldboy

    that was mandy. and she has popped up in this series from time to time. The last time we saw her, Jack arrested her and she demanded something from then president david palmer before he was brought dwon an immunity from prosecution deal amd we havent seen her since.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 3:09 p.m. CST

    End of Season 6 ...

    by papawapa

    So they surprise at the end of day 6 was supposed to be Tony's return? What happened with that plan? Some sort of strike in the shaman union preventing timely resurrection?

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 3:16 p.m. CST


    by jimbojones123

    That would have automatically turned a * one star season into a **** 4 star season!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    That Knocked Up DVD with that guy's face

    by qweruiop

    It's almost to the point that it's sickening seeing that all around. The oily curly hair, the unshaven face, the pudgy cheeks and neck. Ugh that's disgusting stuff. Is it me or it a staple now for the "40-year-old" movie makers to showcase on their posters a pathetic looking man (or men) with stupid looking gawking faces.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 5:05 p.m. CST

    yeah, Spoonie sucked

    by batmanthehorse

    He was a lame ass character that Spoonie mother fucker but 24 went downhill during season 5, not season 6. Season 6 was bad from the get go.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 5:14 p.m. CST

    The most beautiful moment of existence

    by Almeida The White

    On those frequent, lonely nights of my existence, when I've eaten my take away food and watched Arrested Development with the audio commentary on, there is nothing left for the evening but Masturbation, and in that perfect, white hot moment of passion when I reach the point of climax it is the word "Almeida" bursting forth from my mouth that signals the arrival of orgasm... my underpants remain unspoiled

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Tony as Kenny from South Park

    by DarthFloyd

    Jack: I thought we killed you off a while ago Tony: This is the year 2020...we have technology to revive the dead, and here I am! <Sound of a gunshot rings out> Tony: Jack, I've been shot, I'm dying (closes eyes, stops breathing) Jack: Son-Of-A-Bi+ch...They Killed Tony! Dammit!!! You Bastards!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 6:40 p.m. CST

    The premise outlined in that press release...

    by kevred

    ...sounds like another year of Jack sitting on the sidelines while other, pointless characters spend hours trying to justify why the camera is on them instead of Jack. <P>Hopefully he'll bust out of his confinement quickly and then take over the show; if I have to sit through another season of side characters and their dramas, I'll...not be sitting through another season of that junk.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 9:12 p.m. CST

    24:The Fugitive?

    by genesis495

    Could it be that this season Jack is on trial found guilty, breaks out of prison by some kick ass moves. Goes on the run and Tony becomes the main person hunting Jack. OR Could it be that Logan comes back behind some giant conspiracy lasting the previous six seasons with zombie Almeida and Nina's "Sister" as his evil henchmen.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 10:42 p.m. CST

    I love it how they run out of plot at hour 16-17

    by jimbojones123

    every year. Cracks me up when they put together the stand alone episodes. Russian dude cutting off his arm. Sub from season 5. Ricky Retardo and his near retarded brother. Jack's Dad. President Logan and wife and Aaron Pierce: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. coming back for no reason last year. The Cougar. Deasmond as a German Agent. <P> Naked Lesbian Mandy is the ONLY reason to have stand alone episodes. A cameo by her is always welcome.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Potential end of season 6

    by AlwaysThere

    Was that the one where Jack gets thrown into a van and Tony is sitting there in front of him?

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 10:58 p.m. CST


    by jimbojones123

    Yes, then they are forced to pleasure eachother orally. Yes, gay jokes are still funny. Ninth grade wasn't that long ago was it? Guess I could be supporting writer on Kevin Smith's new movie. Just have to add in another Jack-off joke or two.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 10:58 p.m. CST


    by jimbojones123

    Yes, then they are forced to pleasure eachother orally. Yes, gay jokes are still funny. Ninth grade wasn't that long ago was it? Guess I could be supporting writer on Kevin Smith's new movie. Just have to add in another Jack-off joke or two.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST

    I bet Jack goes nuts a la Beautiful Mind

    by jimbojones123

    and IMAGINES Tony being there. What a whack job he's become after the Chinese and Secretary Heller torturing of his mind.

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Constipation makes a comeback!

    by RetroActive

    "This is Almeida...yeah, I'm still constipated. And of course, some part of my neck or face has a bandage on it. Now, who the hell am I talking to?"

  • Sept. 20, 2007, 11:51 p.m. CST

    I joined AICN just to write "Zombie Soul Patch Almeida"

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Oh, and "Naked Mandy" too! :)

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 12:02 a.m. CST

    The reason

    by Turd Furgeson

    24 sucked last season is because there was no soul patch........ Almeda = ratings and coolness.... I dont care if they shot him in the fucking head, he needed to come back.... suspension of disbelief here I come....

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Curtis Regenerated...

    by DarthFloyd

    Perhaps Curtis is a missing Timelord from Gallifrey. He died and regenerated into Almeda.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Did Curtis get the special death ending?

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    I mean, they showed him get shot, and said he died, but did we really see him dead? Maybe they can bring him back with Dina Araz, Ryan Chappelle, George Mason, and the broad who nina allegedly killed in season one. Oh yeah, if Nadia doesn't come back this season, I'm going to riot.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Either way now that we know fox screwed

    by emeraldboy

    the ending of season. the beginning of season 7 will make no sense whatsoever. The public will say why the hell is jack on trial and what did he do. The end of season had jack looking down at the sea at the heller estate.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 7:28 a.m. CST

    the retarded brother was the end for me yet I kept

    by emeraldboy

    watching. I will be watching less and less.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Season 7 takes place in Heaven

    by The Artist FKA Vesuvio

    Don't you get it fools? Jack jumped from the cliff at the end of season 6, so he died, and now Saint Peter will judge him from all the bad stuff he has done. That's how Tony's coming back. That's how everybody's coming back, actually. Palmer, Cherry, Nina, Logan, the Salazar Brothers, the Drazen brothers. It's an all out war in Afterlife between God's soldiers and Satan's. Satan's being the US agents, of course.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by jimbojones123

    It's like the Incredible Hulk ending of him walking down the street trying to hitch a ride. Every season of 24 must now end with Jack at the Heller Compound looking down the beach.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Why not just

    by emeraldboy

    pay off Kiefer and the rest of the cast like chelsea football club did with Moruhinio yesterday and release a statement they werent all sacked and they didnt resign but due to incompetent writing, all the cast agreed to leave by Mutual consent. 24 is closed down end of story. goodnight.

  • Sept. 22, 2007, 5:53 a.m. CST


    by emeraldboy

    I agree about the x-files. I aint gonna happen, unfortunately. Maybe in Cartoon form.

  • Nov. 6, 2007, 11:37 p.m. CST

    The only way this could be cool....

    by SquirrelPhister if Tony is a zombie (or "rage-infected" for the 13-18 year olds out there) leading a zombie army yeah...