24: Executive Producer on Decision to End FOX Series, Teases Finale

24As fans of the 24 TV series are all too well aware, it was recently announced that the current season will be the show’s last. While there won’t be a year nine on television, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) will likely return in at least one feature film.

Executive producer Howard Gorgon recently sat down with THR and shared some of the reasons for the show’s demise and what the future could hold.

Gordon says that, part of the reason the series is ending is because they couldn’t come up with a good enough idea for another year. He didn’t even pitch one to the network and said, “We couldn’t come up with something that really satisfied us. We’ve done everything we feel we can do with that character in this format.”

Ending the 24 series also came down to finances and practical matters, like the fact that several people’s multi-year contracts expire at the end of this season. Gordon said, “There was a deal finiteness in place. Also, every year is a high-wire act. We all look at each other and ask, ‘Can we really do this again?’ and it’s not with complete conviction that we say, ‘Yes.’ As an act of faith and effort, we get through it. This year Kiefer said it felt like the senior year of high school.”

In terms of a feature film, Gordon said that it’s still being written by screenwriter Billy Ray and there are several possibilities about how things could go. He speculates that it could be released as soon as early 2011.

For now, Gordon is still focusing on the final episodes of the 24 TV series. He teased that, “We’ve taken a risk in the last eight episodes. It was challenging to the writers to the actors. We’re taking a risk; the show has to do that. Without spoiling what’s to come, it’s pretty dark and complex and a place that was uncomfortable for us to write and for some of the actors to act.”

This season’s final episode won’t be the same as was previously planned because it’s now the end of the series. Gordon noted that seasons four, five and seven had great endings and he feels they could have finished the show. He wants to end 24 the right way but knows he won’t make everybody happy.

Gordon said, “I was more aware this time of ending something that really felt surprising but not cheap; emotionally consistent. Some will throw their shoes at the screen, inevitably some will be angry, some will say they hated it the last three years. You can’t please everybody, you can only do the best you can do. I’m hoping people lean forward. I’m hoping the first feeling people have is, “Damn I miss it, I want more.”

The two-hour series finale of 24 is scheduled to air on Monday, May 24th, on FOX.

What do you think? Could the writers have come up with new story ideas for season nine or is ending the series the right way to go?

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  1. Mike Clark says

    This show has captivated so many people and it wll be missed. This is the only series that I have tuned into year after year. It was a great run and I look forward to seeing the movie. A 10th. season would be exceptional and hopefully they will consider it.

  2. rusty shackleford says

    i think there should be 1o seasons. i wanted to see what happened to tony almeida and i wanted him to get out of jail

  3. charles davis says

    Man im gonna miss 24, its all i looked forward to on television. My opinion the best tv show drama ever and they shouldnt end it.

  4. Gwen Johnson says

    Hey–Please don’t cancel the show. They never should have killed Renee off and Dana had it coming. But I’m sure the writers could have come up with a season 8 and 10. The show is spellbounding. I stop everything and sit and watch this show from start to finish every night. And if by chance I can’t be home to see it, my DVR works very well.

  5. Phaedren says

    A great ending would be Jack condemned to the death penalty, with the execution and Kim crying on his grave. It would be very powerful after all he did for the country, and very “emotionally consistent”.

  6. Barry says

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE , (as James Brown would scream) do not end the series. I rush home every Monday night for the next episode. The writers for 24 are fantastic and keep us guessing all of the time. This is one of the most provocative, and loved series I have been fortunate to watch. I say end after a 10 year run, I know your writers are up to the task.

  7. Gordon Howard Jr. says

    At the end of the show, Jack gets a courier package. Guess what’s inside?


    • BruceWayne says

      …along with a note signed by Nina Myers:
      Hey Jack, l’m back from the dead.(Your bullets missed my heart and the arteries.) Oh yes l killed Kim too but this supposed to be a Jumbo Box is just too small for two heads, so. Do come back to LA and l’ll show u your daughter’s beautiful head. Catch me (and kill me again) in the movies!!!

  8. says

    Please DO NOT!!!! cancel 24 because it’s the only thing keeping my television viewing alive, it’s the only show on T.V. that I like and what ChrisR said about the movie and the US version of James bond would be an excellent idea, I still can’t believe they would even consider cancelling 24.

  9. Dr Tony Ilozobhie says

    Don’t end it. The movie is just in a world of his own. The writer can use Nigeria militant attack in Niger delta or the Jos crisis to make a good storyline

  10. ChrisR says

    I think it is time for 24 the tv series to end and give birth to Jack Bauer the all american hero the US version of a James Bond ,on the big screen, let face facts that ,so many things can never happen in one day as we led to believe on the TV series , a full featured movie will give his character much more flexibility , I look forward to seeing an action packed movie

  11. evie says

    I already miss it. This season is fantastic. Once you get into the “24-zone” and don’t fact-check every silly thing they do, it’s great fun. Also, as a viewer it’s important to never get invested in a character, other than Jack and Chloe. They’ll either die or be a traitor. Guaranteed.

    I’m a bit worried about the “dark” ending discussed here. I mean really — this is the show that defined “dark” in its first season, killing off the major sympathetic character. It’s been ugly ever since. How much darker can we get? (They better keep their hands off Chloe, or fans will really revolt. Goodbye movie sales.)

    Too bad they won’t let Jack end up with Renee. That would have been lovely. But no. Jack will end up miserable and alone. Again.

    And I’ll be waiting anxiously for the movie to thrill me and break my heart all over again.

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