24: FOX Official Announcement of TV Series’ End

Two-Hour Series Finale Airs Monday, May 24, on FOX

In a joint decision made by 24’s star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Imagine Entertainment and Fox Broadcasting Company, it was determined that the acclaimed series will end its remarkable eight-season run. Jack Bauer’s last day on FOX will conclude when the final two hours of “Day Eight” air Monday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). As the countdown to the series’ climactic conclusion races on, the final 11 hours will air uninterrupted Mondays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Multiple award-winning series star Kiefer Sutherland reflected on the show’s run: “This has been the role of a lifetime, and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible. While the end of the series is bittersweet, we always wanted 24 to finish on a high note, so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon. This feels like the culmination of all our efforts from the writers to the actors to our fantastic crew and everyone at Fox. Looking ahead to the future, Howard Gordon and I are excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of 24. But when all is said and done, it is the loyal worldwide fan base that made it possible for me to have the experience of playing the role of Jack Bauer, and for that I am eternally grateful.”

Executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon said, “Kiefer and I have loved every minute of making 24, but we all believe that now is the right time to call it a day. I echo his sentiments of gratitude toward the show’s amazing creative team, as well as the studio and network who have always believed in us and shown us unbelievable support.”

“24 is so much more than just a TV show – it has redefined the drama genre and created one of the most admired action icons in television history,” said Peter Rice, Chairman, Entertainment, Fox Networks Group. Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company added, “We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series and will be forever thankful to Kiefer, the producers, the cast and crew for everything they’ve put into 24 over the years. It’s truly been an amazing and unforgettable eight days.”

“We are so grateful to Kiefer and Howard who have really poured their hearts and souls into making this show over the past eight seasons,” commented Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen, Twentieth Century Fox Television. “To everyone who contributed to this iconic series over its amazing run, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation for your incredible work.”

Added Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, “I’m so proud to have been a part of 24, which has become such a cultural phenomenon. And to Kiefer and Howard and everyone who has worked on the show, many thanks.”

Now in its eighth season with Kiefer Sutherland starring as the heroic Jack Bauer, the inventive and suspenseful 24 has been nominated for a total of 68 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Over the course of seven seasons, Sutherland garnered seven Emmy nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series. While the series gained global recognition, Sutherland’s portrayal of the legendary character penetrated the American psyche like no other dramatic television character to become part of the English lexicon.

Premiering November 6, 2001, 24 employed a pioneering split-screen, fast-paced format with complex interweaving storylines as viewers followed anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer through 24 pulse-pounding episodes, each covering one hour and presented in real time. Subsequent seasons combined the show’s unique and trend-setting format while delivering compelling new elements and attracting talented actors and guest stars, including the Emmy Award-winning Cherry Jones (President Allison Taylor). The series also currently stars Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe O’Brian), Anil Kapoor (Omar Hassan), Annie Wersching (Renee Walker), Katee Sackhoff (Dana Walsh), Mykelti Williamson (Brian Hastings), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Cole Ortiz), Chris Diamantopoulos (Rob Weiss) and John Boyd (Arlo Glass).

The first six seasons were set in Los Angeles, and following the strike-induced delay of Season Seven, “24: Redemption,” a two-hour film bridging Seasons Six and Seven, was set in Africa. Washington, D.C. was the setting for Season Seven, and the final season of 24 finds Jack Bauer thwarting a terrorist attack in New York.

At the conclusion of Season Eight, 24 will have a produced a total of 194 episodes (including “24: Redemption”), making it one of the longest-running action television shows in history.

Tune in Monday, March 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) for the next all-new installment of 24 and Monday, April 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) for a special two-hour episode.

Created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, 24 is a production of 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television in association with Teakwood Lane Productions. Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, David Fury, Manny Coto, Brannon Braga, Brad Turner, Alex Gansa, Kiefer Sutherland and Brian Grazer are executive producers, while Chip Johannessen and Patrick Harbinson serve as co-executive producers. Brad Turner will direct the series finale.

17 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Alejandro says

    I’m really sad for series final …. I’ll miss Bauer so bad! I hope you consider to make one more season !!!!

  2. scothuby says

    I am so upset at the cancelling of 24 big mistake! I think the final show was great. I will look forward to the movie.

  3. Naz Senna says

    I am reallly sad that this show is ending, i feel like its not ture. i have been downloading 24 and i have never missed one, so for it to end means alot to me because i am very sad as i am wirting this i feel like cryin because i felt like 24 was my life and it going means am going to stop watching tv more. but this was one of the best series i have ever watched and i am glad and happy for the jack that he is tried and wants to do something else.. long live 24 long live JACK THE ONLY PEROSN WHO MADE OTHER WANT TO WATCH THIS SERIESS

  4. Brenda Tisdale says

    Please keep 24 going. I live for Monday nights. I record every episode and rewatch them. I do not have any series or program I enjoy more. What will it be like without Jack Bauer and 24? It will be terrible.

  5. Gisele says

    How sad…24 night is always a special time for my husband. We marvel as to how the writers can come up with such intrigue and surprises and unexpected situations …please don’t let Jack Bauer die at the end of the season.
    May be 24 can return later in another episode … like Dallas…

  6. James says

    The truth is all programs come to an end. Watching some of them end has been really difficult because they are just that good. 24 has been one of the best, I have enjoyed it immensely. My thanks to the cast crew and producers. I do hope Mr. Sutherland will keep Jack Bauer alive.

  7. Vanessa says

    great this is just great…first Alias then Prison Break and now 24…why are all my favorite shows coming to an end…it’s not fair…grrrr….lets just hope that you all end it like Alias and not Prison Break…DO NOT MAKE THE MAIN CHARACTER (JACK B) DIE…

  8. Max says

    Jack Bauer’s frustration with bureaucratic footdragging, bumbling, and stumbling symbolizes the disdain the American people have for every Democrat and Republican occupying a seat in the House of Representatives and Senate in Washington, DC. He is the alter ego of those of us who would wrest power away from those DC-scheissters save for the Capitol Police who would prevent us from getting that close. The spirit of Jack Bauer will live on long after the show vanishes from first-run TV — it will prove to be a syndication cash cow for years to come. Jack is the epitome of everything that can be right about America.

    Season Nine could have been about rescuing the ballot boxes across America from the terrorist Democrats and do-nothing Republicans who are responsible for the perilous course upon which we are now embarking as a nation. It might have even ended with Jack being unable to stop a terrorist attack on the Capitol Building at the same time the President is delivering his State of the Union Address. Imagine the possibility of Jack Bauer being appointed President in the aftermath of the elimination of both houses of Congress, the primary personnel of the Executive branch, and the utter incapacitation of the Judicial branch. America would have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to start from scratch and fine tune every facet of government, operate with a retrospective balanced budget, and turn its back on the socialism of the 21st century that is corrupting the moral fiber of America.

  9. Donnalynn says

    My tv is going to miss me yelling at it on monday nights lol. The real time concept and the actors all made this show one that will go down in in hustory, Good Luck all those who brought joy, sadness, anger, hoe and making us believe in heros again……….God Bless

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