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March 27, 2010

The Clock Has Run Out on "24:" It's Cancelled

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Say goodbye to Jack Bauer, "Damn it!" 

"24's" been cancelled.

According to the Fox press release, it was a joint decision between executive producer Howard Gordon and star Kiefer Sutherland.  Sutherland had this to say:

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.

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.

I'm not so sure that a feature film is the way to go, but it would be a shame to see Jack Bauer go away entirely.

The cancellation is not a total surprise, since there had been rumors since last fall that Jack and his crew at CTU may not have another season in them.  After all, this eighth season takes place in New York City and after you've been to the Big Apple, where else is there to go?

The show has had a good run and seasons 1, 4, 5, 6 & 7 were really spectacular television.  And though we now take for granted the real time aspect of the show, remember that kind of storytelling was a first for television and the producers of "24" executed it brilliantly.  Kudos to them and of course to the man himself, Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer.

The two hour series finale will air on May 24th on Fox.

With the end looming for "Lost" and now for "24," two very good TV dramas are going bye, bye at the same time and I'm going to sorely miss them both.

So as we say goodbye to "24," now would also be a good time to check out my recent post "The Kick-Ass Women of '24'"

By the way, sometime next week, I'll be posting my interview with Christopher Heard, the author of a new biography about Kiefer Sutherland.  Be sure to check it out.

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Anne at I Need My Fix will miss the show.

Misty at Gabby Babble has some comments as well.

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