“24” will be returning to Fox on January 17, 2010, but is that too early to start getting excited about it? Clearly not, since the network has officially begun its promotional blitz, releasing a trailer for the new season:

At the show’s Comic-Con panel, it was revealed that Season 8 will find Jack Bauer trying to keep an assassination from occurring during a peace conference between the presidents of America and Iran…whoops, sorry, make that the totally fictional nation of Kamistan…and that, when things kick off, Jack will actually be – gasp!happy. (SPOILER ALERT: It won’t last.) On the cast front, new additions to the mix will include Katee Sackhoff, Freddie Prinze Jr., Anil Kapoor, Stephen Root, and J├╝rgen Prochnow. You can get way more info over at TelevisionaryBlog.com’s wrap-up of the Comic-Con panel, which – even though it’s obviously a couple of months old – seems to be packed with more first-hand information from cast members about the upcoming season than any other site.