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DIRECTV's Audience Network to Air Drama Series '24', Beg. Today


In keeping with its commitment to provide viewers with the greatest entertainment experience, DIRECTV's Audience Network will present one of television's most heralded series, 24, beginning Monday, January 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. For the first time ever, all eight seasons (192 episodes) of the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning series will air in HD, Monday – Thursday, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

"24 perfectly complements our current stable of critically acclaimed, award-winning dramas, such as Damages, and our upcoming series, Rogue," said Patty Ishimoto, Vice President Entertainment DIRECTV and General Manager of Audience Network. "24 is a unique series presented in an unparalleled format that had viewers constantly on The Edge of their seats. We are excited to provide our viewers with the opportunity to rediscover it as it was meant to be seen, unedited, commercial free and in HD."

Starring Kiefer Sutherland, each season unfolds over the course of one day, with each of the 24 episodes representing an hour in the life of Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Told in real time, 24 follows Bauer as he races against the clock to thwart terrorist plots, including presidential assassination attempts, nuclear, biological and chemical threats, cyber attacks, as well as governmental and corporate conspiracies. The television movie 24: Redemption will air in advance of season seven.

24 features a large ensemble cast including Kiefer Sutherland (Touch, Melancholia, The Sentinel), Mary Lynn Rajskub (Little Miss Sunshine, Safety Not Guaranteed, Julie & Julia), Carlos Bernard (Babylon 5: A Call to Arms, Dallas), Dennis Haysbert (The Unit, Heat, Far From Heaven), Elisha Cuthbert (Happy Endings, The Girl Next Door), Gregory Itzen (Lincoln, Cover Affairs), Penny Johnson Jerald (Castle, October Road), Reiko Aylesworth (Damages, Hawaii Five-O), James Badge Dale (The Grey, Flight), William Devane (Revenge, The Dark Night), Kim Raver (Grey's Anatomy, Lipstick Jungle), Louis Lombardi (Any Day Now, Battleship), Roger R. Cross (Arrow, Continium), James Morrison (Revenge, Hawthorne), Jean Smart (Harry's Law), Connie Britton (Nashville, American Horror Story), D.B. Woodside (Parenthood, Single Ladies), Regina King (Southland, Our Family Wedding), Cherry Jones (Awake, New Year's Eve), Jon Voight (Lonestar, Beyond), Janeane Garafolo (Delocated, Departure Date), Anil Kapoor (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Powers Boothe (Hatsfields and McCoys, Nashville).

A production of 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television, 24 was created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran and premiered on Fox in 2001.

About Audience Network:

The Audience Network is a unique and exclusive television experience available only to DIRECTV subscribers. The channel first made its mark in 2008 (as The 101 Network) by partnering with NBC to produce and air three additional seasons of the Emmy Award-winning series Friday Night Lights and in 2010 it became the exclusive home of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning drama Damages, starring Glenn Close. Audience Network continues to build out its programming slate with new acquisitions, including its first original production, Rogue, starring Thandie Newton and Marton Csokas, which will premiere in 2013. The network has become the premier destination for smart, innovative and critically acclaimed TV fare as we search the globe for the best new series such as Hit & Miss (United Kingdom), Rake (Australia), Call Me Fitz and Less Than Kind (Canada). The Dan Patrick Show, and its companion series The Box Score, keep sports fans up to date with the latest sports talk. Viewers also enjoy the Guitar Center Sessions series and major events such as the annual DIRECTV Celebrity Beach Bowl. For more info, please visit www.directv.com/audience

About DIRECTV:

DIRECTV (NASDAQ: DTV) is one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry leading customer service to more than 34 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DIRECTV offers its 19.9 million customers access to more than 170 HD channels and Dolby-Digital® 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, Emmy- award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for 11 years running. DIRECTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to more than14.5 million customers. DIRECTV sports and entertainment properties include three Regional Sports Networks (Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh) as well as a 60 percent interest in Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit www.directv.com.

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