By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fearless counter terrorism agent Jack Bauer returns to TV on Monday after a four-year absence as Fox revives Emmy-winning thriller “24” in a limited-run series, a format the network bets is better tailored for today’s viewing habits. As audiences shift toward recording shows to watch later on digital video recorders and have less patience for committing to months-long traditional TV series, Fox believes a short run of “24: Live Another Day” will encourage viewers to skip the DVR and watch the show as it airs. The rebooted “24,” starring Kiefer Sutherland as Bauer, will be told in 12 episodes, half the length of its preceding eight seasons. That is a formula inspired in part by cable television’s ability to draw respectable ratings by cutting the length of a show’s season, said Joe Earley, chief operating officer of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s Fox Broadcasting arm.
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