Picks and Pans Review: 24

updated 01/19/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/19/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

FOX, Jan. 11, 8 p.m. ET

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NEW SEASON!

DRAMA
Season 7 finds Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) in the doghouse, snarling. Appearing before a Senate committee, America's hardest-working counterterrorist unapologetically admits that he uses torture to break down suspects. Then in walks the FBI: They need help tracking down a rogue device that could disrupt the whole security grid. Time for some more breakin' down, Jack! The show remains a solid entertainment—the drama quickened by the crosscutting of urgent calls—but it's feeling old. The best thing about the first few hours is Janeane Garofalo as a nervous FBI analyst. She seems too tense to be trusted to cat-sit, let alone prevent terrorism.

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