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24 Cancelled: Time’s Up

It’s official. The rumours have been flying around for months, but FOX have finally confirmed that the eighth season of 24 will be the last. Jack Bauer and friends/enemies will bow out on May 24.

Will Jack be killed? Will there be a super-bad villian revealed? Who will return? Perhaps the best way to end it would be doing what 24 has always done best: having a few really unpredictable twists.

The FOX press release is attached below:

“24: DAY EIGHT” WILL BE THE AWARD-WINNING SERIES’ FINAL SEASON

Two-Hour Series Finale Airs Monday, May 24, on FOX

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.”

Sci-Fi Wire: 8 Reasons Why 24 Is Actually Sci-Fi

24_cast_seasonseven Sci-Fi Wire have posted an article on why FOX’s 24 is displaying a number of “sci-fi-esque” symptoms.

It’s not a bad article, and worth reading if you’re a casual 24 viewer.  Otherwise, you’re probably familiar with all the points.

It’s probably more interesting to see how Sci-Fi Wire’s readers are very openly lambasting the article as “opinion”.  Sci-Fi Wire is a news service, admittedly, but I’ve never seen humorously presented opinion so publicly disgraced.

Aren’t they fun over there?  You can read the article here.

24 Season 7 Airing Schedule (UK and US)

S3JackPromo For our friends on both sides of the water (US and UK that is – apologies to anyone else divided by a body of water), we know that the airing schedule for 24 can often be quite complicated. 

We’ve summed it up here, or, more accurately, we’ve stolen a nice summary from Wikipedia:

FOX will air Season 7 beginning with a two-night, four-hour premiere over two consecutive nights. 

The first two hours will air on Sunday, January 11, 2009, and the third and fourth hours on Monday, January 12, 2009. From thereafter, 24 will air the remainder of the season on the following Mondays, without interruption.

Sky1 will broadcast a two-hour premiere special on Monday 12 January, another two hours the following Monday, and a single episode on every subsequent Monday, meaning that the UK will be a week behind the US, due to it being broadcast on the same night in both countries.

First 24, now Dollhouse halts for tweaks

Earlier this week, we brought you the news that 24 had ceased production temporarily to tweak its direction and refine the production of the show.

Now, according to Variety, 20th Century Fox TV have temporarily shut down production on Joss Whedon’s upcoming series Dollhouse with shooting set to resume on Sept. 25.

Supposedly, Whedon’s involvement in directing the opening episodes of the series had kept him out of the writers’ room, and afterwards the studio, network and Whedon himself agreed that the next script (the fourth episode) needed adjustment.

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Dollhouse: Are the central three characters wearing pyjamas?

Whedon is also said to have requested this delay to get ahead on the show’s next few scripts.

As with 24, since the air date of the show (early 2009) is so far away, these shutdowns are unlikely to affect either show’s schedule.

Coincidentally, this isn’t the first production upheaval carried out on Dollhouse.  Earlier this year, Joss Whedon decided to a new pilot, turning the previous script into the series’ second episode.

24 Shuts Down Production

jack-bauer Despite already having been delayed for a year, EW reports that the new season of 24 will shut down production for two weeks in order to “reshape” the upcoming season’s direction.

The move comes after Howard Gordon admitted the writing team just couldn’t get this direction to work,” so they “found another one” and “wound up retooling it.”

Production on this, the seventh season of 24, had already been delayed for up to a year (in part due to the Writer’s Strike), and this further delay raises further questions about the new season.  The writers, quite literally, don’t seem to know what they’re doing.

Worrying.

FOX Exec Quashes 24 Movie Rumours

191530__jack_lAs I reported yesterday, Robert Carlyle stated that the two hours  taken up by the prequel movie in November will be deducted from the show’s run next year.

“This is two hours in real time,” he said, “and there’ll then be 22 episodes.”

However, Matt Mitovich over at TV Guide states that FOX has confirmed there will be a full, 24-episode run following the two-hour, real-time movie, and that the two will not be entirely interlinked since there will be a time gap between the two.

So, pretty much the opposite of what Robert Carlyle suggested.  Someone desperate for fame, perhaps?  Someone simply out of the loop?  Who knows.  Looks like it was nonsense. 

24 Movie Starts Sounding Unimpressive

24season7big As posted over at /Film, a two hour prequel for this upcoming season is currently in production.  To my knowledge, they’re filming in Africa at the moment, or at least were recently.  However, Robert Carlyle has confirmed to Premiere that the two hour prequel takes place in real time and the the end of the prequel will connect directly into the first episode of the series.

“This two hours is two hours in real time and there’ll then be 22 episodes. I don’t know how they connect it to the first of those 22 episodes but it’s literally the third hour…”

What’s more?  It sounds like this “two-hour prequel” is, in fact, just the first two episodes of the season, and 22 more will follow.  Making it scarcely a prequel, and certainly threatening to hijack the idea that 24 episodes take place over 24 hours.

This could be a mess, folks.

Carlyle also revealed a tidbit about his role in the prequel.

“My character’s called Carl Benton who is Jack Bauer’s best buddy and he hasn’t seen him for 10 years or something. Jack’s on his travels and he comes to see Carl and hang out with him and potentially change his life. Maybe…” “We were in the Stellenbosch region, the wine country. It was doubling for jungle in the fictional country of Sangala.”