24: FOX TV Show Wraps the Season and the Series

24 series finaleThe cast and crew of 24 have completed shooting the final season of the FOX action series.

While the 24 series was innovative when it first began, eight years later it just doesn’t feel the same. Star Kiefer Sutherland explains, “It’s a very, very difficult show to write.” Normally executive producer Howard Gordon will come up with a great idea for the following season midway through the current season, but this season, “he just wasn’t feeling it.” Gordon felt the FOX series, about the life of special agent Jack Bauer, should end right here and that they should be making feature films about the character instead.

While Bauer’s life plays out slowly, with each hour seen in real time, it hasn’t played out behind the scenes the same way. Throughout these eight years, Sutherland notes that between the crew and cast, which has starred Mary Lynn Rajskub, Cherry Jones, Carlos Bernard, Elisha Cuthbert, Dennis Haysbert, and Kim Raver, there have been sixteen marriages and thirty-something children born (not to mention Sutherland spending time in prison for a DUI arrest). They’re very much a family, making it difficult to say goodbye.

Not that it’s the end altogether for this collaboration of talent, which has seen a total of 18 Emmys in its time. We’ll see Bauer and friends again in the not too distance future in a feature film. It won’t be completely the same, however, as the movie won’t play out in real time like the series has. This will open up the possibilities of what Jack Bauer will be able to do.

For the 24 TV show though, it’s time to say goodbye.

The last few hours of Bauer’s life on the series will be a little different than usual. There’s not a massive crisis going on, as Sutherland explains, “It’s a much more personal ending.” Chloe (Rajskub) has to go after Jack, going against his wishes, which in all this time she’s never done before. She’s put in a position of power and has to deal with making decisions she’s never had to before, and so sets out to find him and confront him.

Rajskub guarantees it will be “pretty explosive.” Recalling her final day of shooting, the actress says, “When they said, ‘Cut!’, I don’t know what I was thinking. And then they said, ‘This is Mary Lynn’s series wrap.’ And I just looked around. The crew was surrounding me. And I just kind of burst into tears.”

You can catch the season finale of 24 on FOX, fittingly enough, on May 24th.

What do you think? Will you tune in to watch the 24 series finale?

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  1. delores cameron says

    Sorry to see the show finish,the episode on may17/10 was completely garbled & sqiggly–(there’s likely more technical terms,but these sure fit the description) so if it could re-played,much appreciated it would be. Will miss it on the line up Monday evenings, like Bill above,I’ll have to find something constructive to do. And,like Greyeagle above—one more year (or two -or three—) would be wonderful. Looking forward to the movie. Thanks for all the years of pleasant watching !!!!!

  2. bill says

    very sad to see the show end,, always tuned in on Mondays for the show,, it’s fast paced action kept me rivited to the set.. I’ll have to find something more productive to do now,, as I will be too pissed with Fox to watch anything else.. I hope some other network will pick up the show.. It’s the only show that I watch on tv.. Go Jack..!!!!

    Happy Trails,, maybe you can find a little peace, and come back strong..!!!! Even if it is in Movie form.. ((maybe we can have many, many sequels, and it will outdo Rocky..))

  3. capedog says

    Im glad it is ending.They have completely destroyed Jack’s charector in his quest to avenge Renee’s killers. Last week Jack excuted one charector for no apparent reason. And last night show was so over the top I may not tune in to see the last remaining episodes or feature film. This show has run out of creativity and it shows.

  4. Rainmoe says

    I guess I am rather slow to catch on. This is the only season I watched 24. And just as I was most interested in it I find out it is the last season. I hope it goes into syndication so I can watch the whole series.

  5. Greyeagle says

    Very disappointed to hear the news about the end of 24. It is nothing short of one major body of work at a critical time in our history. Lets rethink this and maybe do another round?

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