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24: FOX Prez Says TV Series May End Soon; No Season Nine?

24Is the clock finally running out for Jack Bauer? According to Kevin Reilly, Fox Entertainment President, this season may be the last for Kiefer Sutherland’s oft-tortured hero.

At the recent TV Critic’s summer press tour, Reilly told iFmagazine that the upcoming season is the last one under the show’s current contract. And while Sutherland remains committed to the show, Reilly is unsure of its future.

“It’s our last contractual season of 24,” Reilly said. “There are a lot of moving parts, so we’re not sure what will happen after that.”

He continued, “We haven’t made any decision whether it’s back or not [after this upcoming season]. The producers are passionate, Kiefer is passionate and we don’t have any of them looking to jump ship. It’s a show we’re really proud of.”

Is it time for 24 to end as a weekly show?

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Reilly concluded that, “It’s going to come down to a business decision. It’s not an inexpensive show on the network books and we also want to finish strong. This is not a show we want to prop up. It will be a whole creative and business discussion and something we’ll have to deal with over the next few months.”

Admittedly the show’s numbers have slipped a bit in the last couple seasons — from a high of 13.78 million in season five to 12.62 million in season seven — but did place 20th in overall viewers this year. In the end, it may be just too expensive for the network, especially considering that the contracts are up for renewal. Though the commercials for 24 are, next to American Idol, the most expensive in primetime, the network’s ad sales are also down about 16% from last year.

Reilly maintained that the show might still continue after next year but his initial comments align with the plans of 24 Executive Producer Howard Gordon. He wants to take Jack Bauer and company to theaters and, earlier this year, Gordon said, “My hope is to go [shoot the feature film] after the eighth season. That’s sort of what we’re aiming for. I think that a big-screen 24 will be a fitting send off for Jack.”

What do you think? Is it time for Jack to say goodbye to the small screen? Would you realistically pay to see a 24 movie?

 

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Matu May 25, 2010 at 9:40 am

I`m from Estonia, and I have to say that i am a big fan of this TV show. I can`t wait next season, hopefully it comes. Best show ever!!!

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Jim May 25, 2010 at 6:45 am

Will definetly miss “24″. I believe each American desires a true American Patriot/or, hero representing them. Jack’s character represents this patriotism.

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TRACY May 18, 2010 at 11:25 pm

I love 24 I rush home and make sure everthing is done before 9:00 p.m. and at that time No One Is To SAY ONE WORD TO MY, THIS IS THE ONLY TIME IS WATCH T.V.
I CAN’T BELEIVE 24 IS OVER,WHAT ARE WE 24 FAN TO DO? AND HOW CAN ANYONE THINK ABOUT ENDING THIS SERIES,
DID ANYONE WATCH MISERY ? “PLEASE DON’T CANCELL 24″ SOB SOB SOB

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Anonymous May 18, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I would hate to see the weekly series of 24 come to an end….
it is something I really enjoy…why do something worth watching come to an end????

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anonymous May 18, 2010 at 2:02 pm

A film would be a great idea. I can wait to sit in a theater for 24 hours straight. :-)

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MRS. SCHRAMM May 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm

We look forward every Monday for this show to come on.. i don’t really like action things myself but i became addicted to 24 about 4 years ago … I love it! we really hope that it keeps going and has another season next year… i don’t know what we will do with out it :( so i would deff go see a movie at the theaters but would rather it keep going as is for a few more years .

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Kainsmoney May 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm

8 seasons and leaving when they are in the top , good move , but you never know if they comeback in some years .

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Peter April 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I love 24!!!

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Vicki & Ron April 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm

We have loved 24! Esp. Jack Bauer and chloe! The woman president is very good, too. We are sorry for the show to end. We will definitely see the movie version of 24!
Keifer, you are the best!!!

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Steve April 13, 2010 at 10:23 am

To Jack Bauer aka Kiefer Sutherland:

What are you thinking??? Ok so you slipped in the ratings a tiny bit.. Geez.. does that warrant the closing up the season? NO… my wife and I are and have been avid watchers for a very long time and I’m certain we’re not alone..

If you guys cancel this show, my family and hundreds of thousands of fans are going to be outraged and demanding that the show return.. If it’s protesters you need marching in front of the studio then so be it.. I will organize that..

Let me be the first to PROTEST that you guys are even thinking about canceling this show.

Jack /Keifer, if you happen to read this, PLEASE STOP THE MADNESS.. Americans need your show..

Thanks for reading this..

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Hillary April 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm

24 is the best show by far on television. Me & my father sit down every Monday night, get our popcorn ready, and wait to see what Jack has up his sleeve!! It would be a shame to do away with such an action packed show!! Its not filled with trash & filth like everything else on TV. Keep 24 & Jack coming. We love it! = )

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Cliff April 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I have watched 24 from the first season. I have NEVER missed it. I make sure I am at home in time for it to come on and at times I will turn off my phone so I am not interrupted. I know I would go to the movies to watch a 24 movie on the big screen but that doesn’t mean that the show itself has to end. The drop in the ratings came during the writers strike and 12 million is still a very strong number. I know that this season will be there if not more. Kiefer is a great actor and he is the show. as long as he is able to do his part as Jack, let the show keep going. If you need a writer for the show, shoot, I will come on board. Anything to keep it on the air.

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denise April 1, 2010 at 7:13 am

please continue “24″ next season. Mondays would never be the same. That is 1 one the greatest shows on tv and i would really hate to see it leave.

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Mike March 31, 2010 at 9:14 am

This is still the best program on TV. If Fox has any sense at all, they will renew it. It is still at the top of its game and is a major revenue getter for the network. Fox has the best news in the industry, it should keep the best, most intelligent drama series, as well.

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James & Jeannie March 30, 2010 at 7:24 pm

We love the show! No other show can make our heart rates increase like 24. Plain and simple, best show on TV. We can’t wait to see it every Monday. Hey we live in Michigan where winters are cold, Jack heats things up every week. Please don’t kill such a fantastic show. We love the fact there is no humor, no cute lines. Just great entertainment.

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