Next month on November 23, Fox will air a 2-hour prologue to season 7, 24: Redemption (trailer). The regular season will begin in January but won't have American Idol as a lead-in. It's slated to be after Joss Whedon's (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly) new show, Dollhouse.
Above is a spoof video that was circulating last fall from CollegeHumor. I remember those early days of the Internet. E-mail using Pine and Eudora, crunching numbers with SAS & SPSS on the VAX and having to pick up dot matrix printouts on green-bar paper, using Gopher, Telneting into the libraries at Oregon, Irvine, & Berkeley, and wasting time on Doom or that lame-ass Super Maze Wars.