FOX’s 24 Officially Cancelled – What Do You Think?

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FOX has just announced that 24 is officially canceled and that this current season will be its final season. This news does not comes as a shock as there had been rumors circulating on the topic for quite a while. The season finale will air as a special two hour episode on Monday, May 24 2010 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

What do you think of FOX canceling 24?

Official Press Release

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.

  • Arlene

    Over the years this show had some excellent moments. It introduced a huge cast of amazing actors to the world (Dennis Haybert, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Zeljko Ivanek, Jean Smart, Regina King & many more). It stirred up debate. Thanks to the producers & actors & crew for 8 years of good entertainment. I will miss Jack & his invincible ways.

  • Carol L Green

    Are you all crazy ? The only reason to have a Monday is to see 24. This is the best show on TV. I can’t talk on the phone or to people in my house when 24 is on, except during comercials. This show is so full of twist and turns it keeps me on the edge of my seat, I can’t wait for the next week to see whats going to happen next. I can’t believe that your going to cancel this show.Everyone I know who watches 24 feels the same way. You should reconsider this move, it will be the end to a fantastic show that will keep followers for some time to come.

  • Julie

    I am so sad that you are cancelling 24. It is the best show in 30 years on tv. We look forward to seeing Jack in all his glory every week. We long all summer for the next season. I feel the tears getting ready to fall when I think that the great character of Jack Bauer will not be visible to me again. Keifer, don’t go, we love you. Your show is still fresh, it can go on another few years. Please don’t leave us, who will save America? Why don’t you run for president. Us crazies will vote for you. You are the answer. Just hearing you on Bank of America commercials won’t be enough for your fans. Do it for the fans. Again Keifer, you matured so nicely in this show, we do love you.

  • harry

    To call this the end of an era would be a gross understatement. The only other end to television show with this much impact was Seinfeld series. One comedy, one action drama. Both shows will have legacy lasting many years. 24 has lost a little steam over the past couple of years, but still terrific entertainment keeping us anticipating each hour. Sutherland and the whole crew (actors/directors/producers/writers/etc) are to be commended to say the least. Looking forward to the movie already. Wondering if it will actually be 24 hours. That would be about 7 or 8 feature run movies. Wow!!! Go get em Jack.

  • Segun

    the movie of the century i love it. is about time it comes to an end, however, i hope the movie end well, many kudos to Kiefer Sutherland i wish to see more of u in your next movie.

  • taylor

    it was not fair thing to do because the last few episodes of season 8 were boring and now its not so bad but still if they did a season a 9 it would have been better than that and the fact that they did not bring back tony almeida for one last time maybe if they actually do the movie they can put his character in it

  • Bauer Bitch

    I think I will be writing a lot of my own action material instead of watching the telly! The only other decent action show on is Burn Notice,….oh and maybe some BBC sci-fi. At least 24 had a good run of it, but these days they don’t really give the shows a chance before they are tossed away. Frak (and other baughty quips), I think I may be forced to watch ‘Vampire’ action shows…! I’m definitely going to crack open more books…and NOT a Kindle…an ACTUAL BOOK!