After 9 years, 8 seasons and 192 episodes, the hit Fox drama, 24 has been officially canceled. While rumors have been running rampant for weeks pointing to the show’s cancellation, it wasn’t until today that we received word from someone connected to the show. Former 24 executive producer, Jon Cassar, broke the news via his Twitter page.

News from the 24 set,the crew has been told that 24 has come to an end. There will b no season 9. Its been a great run, thanx all 4 watching

Screen Rant actually received word from a reliable source yesterday informing us of 24 being officially canceled, but we were unable to confirm the information with anyone directly associated with the show. So, instead of running with it, we decided to wait until more information was released. While a tweet from a former show executive isn’t exactly an officially announcement, in this era of social networking and micro-blogging, it’s pretty close.

While I’m sure many of you 24 fans are sad to see the show go, remember that this isn’t necessarily the end of Jack Bauer. No, I’m not trying to say something sappy like, “He’ll always be in your heart!” I’m referencing the fact that Fox is still working on a 24 movie and as we’ve been told numerous times, in order for the film to move forward, the series would have to end.

So, instead of thinking this as an end of an era (even though it is), think of it as a new beginning. Unless, of course, another network picks up the series.

We’ve recently reported that NBC might pick up 24 if Fox decided to cancel it. While NBC has yet to hint at their decision, one way or another, word is that “there’s definitely some interest.”

When it comes down to it, technically 24 has been canceled, but I’d be lying if I said this was the last we’ll see of Jack Bauer. Besides, after having so many bad days, doesn’t Jack deserve some peaceful R&R with family and friends?

What do you think of 24 being canceled? Will you continue to watch the series if it switches to NBC? Would you go see a 24 movie?

Source: Twitter

Tune in to the last episodes of 24 Monday’s @ 9:00pm, on Fox.

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