The network today announced that Kiefer Sutherland and his terrorism-fighting costars will return to kick off their new run with a two-night, four-hour premiere on Jan. 11 and 12.
The fourth hour of the premiere will mark the series' milestone 150th episode. The season will run without interruption through to May.
This time around, the seventh worst day of Bauer's life will revolve around—wait for it—a national security crisis that unfolds as the protagonist's presumed dead former colleague Tony Almeida returns.
Fans unwilling to wait until January—and who have already been waiting for about 18 months, as the season-six finale aired in spring 2007—Fox will air a two-hour TV-movie prequel that bridges the gap between seasons six and seven.
The special airs Nov. 23.