'24': Who's Jack Bauer?

kiefer-sutherland-24-s8-320.jpgThe early promos for season 8 of "24" have offered up something a little odd -- a smiling Jack Bauer.

The latest teaser from FOX has the same thing: a happy Jack ( Kiefer Sutherland) talking with daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) before, you know, he's drawn back into saving the world again.

This latest clip, scored to Jay-Z and Rihanna's "Run This Town," features a little bit more of "The Shield's" Benito Martinez as the man who brings Bauer back into the terrorism-fighting fold and more of a glimpse of the New York CTU (including a shot of Freddie Prinze Jr. as one of its agents). It also features what may be one of the most intentionally funny line in recent "24" history -- a younger member of the CTU staff asking, "Who is Jack Bauer?" (Less amusing, but just as good, is Jack saying "I hate this place" right at the end of the clip.)

Season 8 of "24" premieres Sunday, Jan. 17 and settles into its regular Monday home the following night. Take a look at the clip -- are you ready for another sleepless day?



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