Get ready for another Very Bad Day, Jack Bauer.
The hit counterterrorism drama “24″ and its beleaguered agent are returning for an eighth season, star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland told the Associated Press Tuesday.
The Fox action series will begin shooting its new season in May, around the same time its current seventh season ends.
“If I was going to liken ’24′ to a girlfriend, ’24′ has been really good to me. And I need to be really good back,” Sutherland said.
“There are plays I want to do. There are so many different things I would like to do, but I was so fortunate to be part of something like ’24′ that my focus is still on that right now.”
He added that whether or not the show continues beyond the eighth season won’t be up to him. “The real pressure is placed on the writers. It’s a real question about how much they feel they can give and what they can do.”
Sutherland recently tackled some lighter fare by lending his voice to the 3-D animated movie “Monsters vs. Aliens.” The sci-fi adventure, which features Sutherland as General W.R. Monger and also stars the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen and Hugh Laurie, hits theatres Friday.