Fox today said that Keifer Southerland will be returning to his role in 24, which is coming back to the network. It will only be 12 episodes, not 24 and air consecutive like before. When asked how they will handle real time, they said it will follow the main events of the day during those 24 hours, but not every hour. It's said to be more heavy plot and action without the fat and filler from doing 24 episodes.
Most fans hated when the show had those dragging areas, so this seems to be a huge win for fans of the show like myself. I can't wait to see it return.