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24: Kiefer Sutherland Talks About Ending the FOX TV Show

24On Friday, following a joint decision by 24 star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Imagine Entertainment, and Fox Broadcasting Company, it was announced that this season would be the end of 24, after eight seasons on the air. The decision to end the series didn’t come as a big surprise as there have been rumblings about the series’ demise for awhile.

In a recent interview with Variety, Sutherland said that much of the decision came down to the fact that Gordon felt it was going to be very difficult to come up with a good story for season nine. The actor also said, “He and I both felt that the opportunity of making a movie, and doing a two-hour representation of a 24-hour day — which would not be restricted by time — was something that was appealing to he and I both.”

Looking back, Sutherland’s found the experience of making the series very rewarding in many ways and calls it “the greatest learning experience I’ve ever had as an actor, and singularly the greatest opportunity I’ve every had.” He noted the great friendships that he’s made and credits 24 with making him a better actor.

He said, “I’ve been able to work five days a week for eight years. I can’t begin to describe what that does for your confidence and your ability to break down a script, break down a scene, find intention. That’s something I know I will take with me, and I’m very grateful for.”

Though this TV series is coming to a close, Sutherland would be very open to doing another series in the future. Citing memorable shows like The West Wing, The Sopranos, The Wire, and Californication, Sutherland called television “an unbelievably exciting place to be,” despite the current commercial climate.

In terms of the 24 movie, Sutherland said, “Billy Ray is in the process of writing it right now. I’m very excited about the idea. He’s a fantastic writer. I know he’s been working with Howard recently. I’m very excited about the opportunity, and singularly because it’s a two-hour representation of a 24-hour day… Before on the TV show, the crisis had to come to us, because the best we could do was get across town. And the two times we ever put Jack Bauer in a plane, it just didn’t work. So it alleviates a huge hurdle that real time writing presented for us.”

And finally, the actor talked about the mood on the set as the cast and crew film the final episodes. He said, “It’s going to get sadder and sadder. But I think it’s going to be tempered by a sense of accomplishment. These people have worked unbelievably hard. I can’t say enough about our crew… I absolutely believe that creatively we finish [the show] in a really strong place, a much more definitive place. It’s going to be pretty clear what Jack Bauer’s plight is.”

Click here to read the complete interview. The two-hour series finale of 24 is schedule to air on May 24th on FOX.

What do you think? Would you like to see Kiefer Sutherland return to TV someday? In what kind of show? Another high-action thriller or something else? Any shows on TV today that could use his talents?

 

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Roel September 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

24 is the most exciting, intense and realistic TV series I have ever watched! Couldn’t wait for the next day to watch Jack and the CTU team kick some butt.
Bring back Jack and CTU, I had to buy all 8 seasons and have watched all 202 episodes two times over in the past year. Its just that good. We need Jack and Cloe
back on comm, whatever it takes for the sake of the mission.

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Billybob January 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Of all the things I miss most…. the TV series 24 is one of the things I miss most. Every season stood on it’s own, but always left you waiting in anticipation for the next. The entire cast, from bottom to top should be proud of the work they did and know that I speak for a very loud group when I say We will be there for you if you bring it back.

Bring back Jack and the CTU staff!

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LA December 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I love this show, I’m in the biz and this is the only show I was sadden to see end. However, if anyone from Fox monitors these posts, get in touch with me. If you need material for 9th season, I have it. I’m Russian, born and raised. My parents were both in the service and I have some amazing live stories that I can lend you that will be enough for TWO more seasons. And trust me, they’re juicy!!!! Perfect for Jack and some new characters and existing characters. It would make for a hell of an explosive season.

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mike December 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Do not end or else ill have to take Jacks place to do another 8 seasons. No series is better then 24. Either make something as good or continue with 24 until someone does…Amen!

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Kathy November 14, 2010 at 4:27 am

Ok, finally finished season 7, waiting for 8 to become available. Kiefer Sutherland, please come back and do more 24 seasons, I just can’t imagine the movies being as good. Theres just no way. 24 put you at the top of your career and the fans desirve more. MORE. Just saying.

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Dave Brummett July 17, 2014 at 4:34 pm

I want this series to continue because it’s what the world is all about – defending justice at whatever the cost. 24 is needed to show courage, concern and how to defend our country against terrorists.

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Kathy October 17, 2010 at 6:48 am

I have just started watching the 24 series, I am on season 4. I just love the show, I can watch 4 episodes a night. I watch it on netflix. It is the most awesome show ever, I just love Jack Bauer. I can’t imagine it ending… Hope I can complete all the series before the movie comes out.

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