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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  1. karen krueger says

    I really hate to see 24 end i could not wait for the show to come on it was one of the best tv shows i have seen in a long time. Sure hope someone reconsiders this as it was something i could not take my eyes off from, hope to see it return.

  2. francisco says

    Too sad season 8 is the end of a great show.
    I`m from Brazil, and I`ve watched all seasons….
    The producers should think about the fans before come to decision to end the show.
    Sure I will watch the movie, but knowing the show is over, it won’t be so thrilled!

  3. billzen grazen says

    Best show I have ever seen , for 8 years i could not wait until january to see the show, i wish some other network would pick up the series, nothing on tv is not even close to being this good, all the shows on tv are dribble compared to the suspense of 24. excellent show rhat should still be on the air

  4. Linda says

    I am very sad to hear that 24 ended. It was truly my favorite show. I’d make sure I left work on time so that I wouldn;t miss any of the beginning. We have all ste season DVDs and rewatch them all the time. Please tell me that nthey will actually have a movie.l

  5. says

    I have been a 24 fan from the inception, I have told my brothers and husband and children and friends and coworkers about the show and we have watched it for 8 years.

    I really don’t think that there are any other show/s that will take its place. There will be only empty Mondays from now on. I enjoy the roller coaster ride each week and when each season is over I rent the tape, now I need to see another network pick up this show.


  6. jeff says

    i will miss 24 as` i miss prison break too.two great shows.i am hoping for reruns or for another channel to pick up these series.mondays will be a void in my life now. jeff-lynn,ma

  7. hook says

    My husband and I just started watching the series 2 years ago wish we had started from the begining, we record it every Monday and watch it when we know we won’t be disturbed. It left me on the edge of my seat every week. The acting was wonderful, and just love Jack!! Can’t believe it is over, there is not another TV show that can top it! Think Fox was crazy to cancel it! Can’t wait until the movie comes out! Hope there will be a 24, 1 2 3 4 ect.!!

  8. M&H says

    I love 24 and can’t believe it is over!!!! I will run to the movie theater to see the film! What an amazing 8 seasons! We’ve never missed an episode!

  9. GB says

    I can’t believe 24 has ended. Its been one of my top shows to watch for the 8 seasons its been on the air. This show set a standard and nothing can ever take its place. Thanks for all saving us all Jack, especially on mondays. Feature film here we come!

  10. Jason Linderleaf says

    24: The Movie
    Year: 2011
    Starring: Kiefer Sutherland

    Genre: Action
    Studio: Fox

  11. L & D says

    My husband and I look forward to Monday nights! We love Jack and 24! It’s so sad this is the last season. By far this is the best TV drama we’ve ever seen. I think it’s because it has the quality of a big screen movie and great suspense! Our hope is that somehow, they will creatively bring the series back or have Jack be in a new TV series because he’s a great actor! More big screen actors (great actors) should do TV series.

  12. L & D says

    My husband and I are so sad that this is the last season. We look forward to Monday nights! We love Jack! There is no one like him!! By far this is the best TV drama we’ve ever seen because it has quality of a big screen movie. My hope is somehow, they will bring it back or at least see Jack in another amazing TV series!

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