The television star discusses what's in store for his character in the show's fourth season

By Abby West
Updated December 06, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

The 24 Season Three DVD Collection is coming out just in time to pacify rabid fans until the show’s January return. The seven-disc set has an exclusive made-for-DVD prequel that sets up season 4 with (gasp!) a happy Jack Bauer.

Jack’s got a bona fide love life?

You mean he’s with someone who’s not gonna die or be an immediate casualty of his life? Yeah. I’m hopeful. I’ve been working with [Third Watch‘s] Kim Raver. It’s clever to show a little backstory…. When you see a couple that excited about each other, it makes you care for them more.

What about other new characters?

A lot has changed at CTU, but it is open for cast members from the previous three years to come back.

Any new ways for you to save the world?

Well, it’s funny what you can accomplish if you put your mind to it.