By Tom Gliatto Chris Willard Lisa Ingrassia Lesley Messer
December 01, 2008 12:00 PM

FOX, Nov. 23, 8 p.m. ET


Jack Bauer, absent since May ’07, returns for a full season of antiterrorism in January. First, though, you get what Top Chef contestants call an amuse bouche, or exploding diversion. This two-hour adventure finds Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) down in Africa, doing his unsmiling, level-headed best to keep a bunch of innocent schoolchildren from being abducted and trained as brutal baby guerrillas for a dangerous military force. But Jack’s heroism this time out is just too grandiose—the title is the tip-off. It’s not a phone rebate he’s redeeming. I would have liked that better. Back in Washington, D.C., Reptile in Chief Noah Daniels (Powers Boothe) is about to make way for a new President, Allison Taylor. She’s played by Cherry Jones with Nancy Pelosi power hair and seasoned grit. She’ll be a good addition to season 7.