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24: FOX TV Show Ending After Eight Years, No Season Nine

24It’s been suspected for awhile that 24 could be in its final season but the word is now official. The FOX series is ending after eight seasons on the air.

A high-action show, 24 follows a day in the life of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), a sometime government agent who gives his all to stop terrorists and uncover conspiracies and corruption. This season, the cast includes Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Anil Kapoor, Annie Wersching, Chris Diamantopoulos, Cherry Jones, Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Westfeldt, John Boyd, Katee Sackhoff, and Mykelti Williamson.

The ratings have been in decline for awhile but, like most shows that have been on the air for a long time, the production costs have been rising.

Word of the show’s cancellation started to seep out earlier this afternoon. Director and Executive Produer John Cassar tweeted, “News from the 24 set, the crew has been told that 24 has come to an end. There will b no season 9. Its been a great run, thanx all 4 watching”

The official word came down that the TV series is ending by mutual decision of executive producer Sutherland, executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Imagine Entertainment and Fox Broadcasting Company. The current season will continue to air on schedule and finish off with a two-hour finale on Monday, May 24th.

Of the series’ end, Sutherland tells the LA Times, “We’ve done eight years we’re very proud of, and we’re very excited about going into the film world with this… It’s very sad, the only thing tempering this from being all-out heartbreak is the fact that we have this sense of accomplishment. That’s the only thing holding people up. Because, for me, and all these people who’ve been with us since the beginning, it’s a very special thing and it’s very sad to see it end.”

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There was talk of another network possibly taking the show on, most likely NBC, but that seemed unlikely considering the show’s age and costs. Sutherland tells TV Guide “that was never a real possibility for me.”

Instead of another season, Jack Bauer and company (depending on whoever survives the final episodes) will move directly into feature film mode. Sutherland says, “The hour-by-hour, episode-by-episode dynamic that made for such a thrill ride on television tied us down creatively. In real time, our characters can’t move around. But in a two-hour representation of a 24-hour day, all of a sudden, Jack can get on a plane and fly from South America to Russia to England, and still have time to save the day in Washington.”

A script that would take Jack to Europe has been in the works for awhile and shooting could begin as early as this summer.

For now, fans are left to wonder how the final hours of the 24 TV series will wind down. It’s safe to say that Jack will live to see another day. Sutherland says, “What I do like about the ending and what I can say about it is that it’s very definitive about where Jack is going to end up. It can be perceived as a cliffhanger on some level, but there’s no questioning his options. That’s something we’ve never been able to do in the context of this series.”

Gordon says he toyed with how to end the show for years and didn’t count on the emotional impact that writing it would have on him. He says that the script was two days late and he just didn’t want to let it go.

That finale script includes a role for Eriq La Salle. The actor, best known for his role on ER, will play a “regal and charming UN Secretary General” in the final pair of episodes. You may recall that this was the role that was being cast recently with an alert from casting that these would be the final episodes.

What do you think? Are you sorry that the show’s ending or do you think it’s time for it to end? Will you see the movie?

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Gary Feeler May 24, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Best show on TV. Have never missed a show. Hope you reconsider about bringing it back again. Just great writing, producing, directing and acting by all concerned. Won’t know what to do with ourselves on Monday Night anymore. Will really miss it. Bring on the movie soon.


denyse May 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I can’t believe it’s over. No more 24. It was very emotionally upsetting for me watching the last episode which by the way was explosive, fantastic unexpected and memorable. I feel so sad. I became so attached to the show. I loved all the actors and the dynamics of these amazing characters. I will miss them all, especially Jack. Kiefer is the best! It would make me very happy to see 24 on the big screen. Maybe it will happen. Anyway, I just had to share my feelings and put it out there.


Mira May 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm

OMGGG !! Please keep 24 going! Please don’t stop it! It’s by far the only tv show I actually enjoy watching! Please keep it going, or at least please make a movie! I really beg you! This is my favorite TV show and I will never forget Jack Bauer. I love you Jack <3 Please don't end it!! Hopefully my opinion makes a difference !!


Chris Mullins May 21, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I will miss 24 … so will my whole office. We reminded each other that 24 was coming on every Monday. No one worked late on Mondays! We had signs up ‘JACK IS BACK’ each season it came back on. We love you and will miss you Jack!!


Dendy Palacio-Subejano May 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm

TV shows will never be the same again without “24”! How i loved every episode of this show and i will surely miss you Jack and the rest of the cast. There’s no dull moment with you Jack – not ever, even in your recent movies. How i wish “24” will go on for a few more years.


Bea May 19, 2010 at 9:31 am

I will miss Jack, the CTU group, and even the villains! It was a unique show and never failed to keep me on the edge of my toes. Monday nights will neveer be the same.

I look forward to the movie (hopefully, movieS)!


Jason Linderleaf May 18, 2010 at 10:26 pm

i think the show is the best shows on tv and to see it go is not right i mean look the wwe is still going and that is not even real they no who is gone to win and they keep that on so why can’t they keep 24 on i have watch the show on and off for 8 years but i could not alway sit down and watch at the time it is on i just watch 24 on netflix and in 2 months i watch all 7 season and all 169 episodes so if that does not say how much i like the show 24 and i a send a email to fox about how i feel about them take it off


paul behan May 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm

The best written show on TV. Has it been 8 years already? I’ll be in line for the first movie. It’s going to be boring Monday nights next year. I know people in Europe who will be devestated over this.


William Ham May 18, 2010 at 9:04 pm

What a wonderfully entertaining eight year roller coaster ride.
My wife Karen and I have never lost interest in the fast paced and hard hitting drama.
We are very much looking forward to seeing the upcoming movie several times aas we do each show!!!


Jennifer May 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Incredibily disappointed the tv series will end, but incrediblky excited there will be a movie to go to – hopefully again, and again, and again!! This is one helluva show – we got our money’s worth!! Bye, gang. You were just great. See you on the Silver Screen!


Bob Siegfried May 14, 2010 at 10:45 am

I have been hooked on 24 from the beginning. I love the intrigue, and action every week. But what I love the most is the take no prisoner attitude of Jack Bauer.
If only we had a few in our everyday lives that could step up to the plate like Jack, I am sure there would be less bullies in the world. (smile)



24faithful May 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Don’t do it! Keep it going! It’s awesome


Sonja May 8, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Our whole family is absolutely devastated that this is the last year for 24! It is undoubtably the best tv show in years! As far as watching it in the future….I will watch it in movies and DVD’s! I won’t watch it on i-tunes. JUST KEEP IT COMING!!!!


fran May 8, 2010 at 9:43 am

i looooveee 24! it keeps me on my toes. i look forward to it every year. it really saddens me that it’s ending. i’m hoping some divine intervention would still happen :(


Linda May 7, 2010 at 6:00 am

I can’t believe I won’t be watching “24” on Monday evenings any more. It has been my favorite TV show. The acting is super by everyone and Jack is the real hero. I will miss the show and Jack. Hopefully they will bring it back next year.


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