’24′ Ending After This Season?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:40 pm,

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Well, it’s been visible on the TV horizon for awhile now but it looks like the news is finally coming into clear view: Fox’s hit show 24 looks to be coming to a close after this, its eighth season.

The news comes from Variety and states that a decision will be made whether to end the show or not after the current eighth season in a day or two. The execs of both the studio and the network declined to comment for the time being. I think you can take it that they don’t want to say anything until they make an official announcement either way.

Although sad for 24 fans like myself, all is not lost. The makers of the show have been trying for a years to get a 24 movie made – particularly star Kiefer Sutherland, who’s been pushing for it almost harder than anyone else. It was recently announced that State of Play screenwriter Billy Ray has been hired to write the 24 movie script based on his idea of taking Jack Bauer to Europe (an idea which was apparently a big hit with the studio and producers).

So why is the end now in sight for 24? Well, it’s always been a show that’s cost a lot to make with its film-like scheduling (it apparently takes the better part of the year to film a season). But those costs have been rising and rising as the seasons have gone on and the ratings have not risen enough to justify the cost. On top of dwindling viewer numbers, the onceĀ  acclaimed show has been getting some heat from critics. Heck, even loyal fans of the show admit it’s not as good as it used to be (although I admit I’m one of the few who thinks it’s just about as good as ever).

Of course if Fox stops putting the show out that doesn’t mean we might not see it on a rival network. And the studio is thinking about shopping it around to others (NBC sure needs a show if Heroes isn’t renewed…). However, it’s believed that because of the cost of making 24 and the show’s long run (can you believe it’s been over 8 freaking years?!) that interest from other networks will be limited.

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If they’re thinking about going the feature film route with 24 (and hiring a writer is a stark indication of that) then perhaps it isn’t a total downer that the show is coming to an end. Would it mean that we’d have to say goodbye to the real-time format? Unless they decide, as they did with the TV movie Redemption, to make the movie take place within the space of just a couple of hours and keep the minute-by-minute thing going.

However, Sutherland has said before that one of the incentives of making a movie version would be the freedom for Bauer to travel without us having to see that on-screen (it would be more like the globe-trotting action of the Bourne franchise in that sense).

Personally, I just would be happy to see good ‘ol Jack Bauer back on-screen – whether it be the small or the big screen – kicking ass and taking terrorist names icon smile 24 Ending After This Season? .

What do you think of 24 perhaps ending after eight seasons? Is its time up or is there more fuel left in the tank for a few more seasons?

Stay tuned for more on this story as it comes out. The announcement is expected to be given in the next couple of days.

You can catch the next episode of 24 on Monday March 15th @ 9:00pm, on Fox.

Source: Variety

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  1. I haven't caught up on all the episodes yet so I have to be careful what I read. Don't want anything spoiled.

  2. Don't worry – we'll employ a strict spoiler policy at Screen Rant so if there's plot points talked about in any post there will be a spoiler warning put before they're mentioned.

  3. I'm ready to let the show go. I've been a fan since the beginning and feel as if the show has lost its drive, effectiveness, and intensity. I hope that a theater version could revive the show's gusto, but I worry because television shows usually don't translate well to the big screen. Lately, the show feels like an atheist in church. I'm there but I'm not believing it. I don't know how they could rekindle the wonder of the first three season. I hope that they can, but I feel as if this show has run its course.

    • It’s sad, but it is people like you that have caused this show to end. The ratings may have fallen because fans like you have lost interest. The show 24 is still one of the BEST shows out there. Take a moment to think about all the other crappy shows we are subjected to from the networks on a weekly basis. You will then see how good 24 was and still is and know what a tremendous loss this will be. This post goes out to all you naysayers, just can’t repost to all the idiots out there. Oh, and sure the plot’s have become somewhat predictable and you have become soooo accustumed to or immune to, even with that said, it is still far superior to most of the shows on television.

  4. Lazy overall writing, the literally WOODEN action of CTU's current director, and removing much of any common-sensical traits within the progress of the show has carried the show into the “gooney” territory. It's clear that it's on it's way out and a movie? Written by the same person/people doing the writing this year?

    No thanks.

  5. I like to call the current CTU Director “Hunchback Guy”. lol Poor guy has an even more serious hard time standing up straighter than I do.

  6. I wouldn't watch the show any longer if was to be picked up by NBC. If Southland was too gritty and edgy for them, then 24 is waaaay out of their league. They'd probably have Jack Bauer using an air soft gun. Most definitely they'd have to dumb the show down for the typical NBC viewer to understand what is going on lol.

    It's time for FOX to move this franchise to the big screen. Although, if they do decide to renew the show for another season. They can count this viewer in to be there watching as always on Monday nights.

  7. I hope this isn't true. I love 24 and I've been reading “Kiefer Sutherland: Living Dangerously” (Check it out on Amazon). The bio says that the show really helped turn Kiefer's life around. I don't know what he'll do without it.

  8. 24 has been going downhill for at least the last three seasons. The format probably conspires against it in the long run….. I still watch it….. but this season the sub-plot of the ex-con woman is so improbable and stupid as to defy suspension of disbelief. Worse, it is boring and plagued with characters for whom one cares not one whit (except perhaps Freddie Prinze, but even that character is sinking fast)…it is so tedious… I wish they would get rid of it fast, fast, fast….. I'm sorry for Freddie Prinze who's good to see playing a mature part BUT….. anyway, 24 limps ever more pronouncedly. It should probably come to an honourable conclusion at the end of its current season and then be heard of no more.

  9. I love “24.” Every season, every day in Jack Bauer's life. I will admit that last season – - with the first problem solved half way through the season and then the foil convienently has a second problem for Jack to figure out. And with the current season it is taking more and more to truly shock me or make me wonder.

    But I would love to give Jack one last day. Just one more season with some returning charcacters… a day that could maybe end on a good note for Jack Bauer or be used as a lead in to the movie.

    I'm just not ready to let go. I like to think that I'm an open-minded person who cares about the rights of the individual. But I would put my money on Jack Bauer to solve any problem this country has in any way he sees fit… in a day or less. :)

  10. I wouldn’t expect, nor would I watch the show any longer if it were to be picked up by NBC. Certainly if Southland was too gritty and edgy for them, then 24 would be waaaay out of their league. They’d have Jack Bauer shooting air soft guns for God’s sake lol. It would surely have to be dumbed down for their usual viewing audience.

    It’s time for FOX to move this franchise to the big screen. Although, if they do decide to renew the show for another season. I’ll be there watching on Monday nights as usual.

    **One observation from this season’s 24. Does anyone else call the guy playing the CTU Director “Hunchback Guy” or is it just me? lol. (I mean no offense to the actor playing him.)

  11. I would dig a 24 movie, but to me, ending the show shouldn't be an option until 10 seasons. I also think this season has been great. It's 24, there is always something BIG coming up!

  12. We are 24 addicts – please don't kill off 24.

  13. This is awful news! 24 is one of the best TV series ever. I don't know anyone who wants it to end yet!!! Way tooo soon!!!!!

  14. This is awful news! Way too soon for 24 to end!!! 24 is by far one of the best TV series ever!!!

  15. This is awful news! 24 is one of the best TV series ever. I don't know anyone who wants it to end yet!!! Way tooo soon!!!!!

  16. This is awful news! Way too soon for 24 to end!!! 24 is by far one of the best TV series ever!!!

  17. I love 24!

    If the show ends, what the hell am I supposed to watch on Monday nights? This show has been the only thing that get's me through Monday's, now I'll have nothing to look forward to. WTF???

  18. I'm absolutely devastated 24 is coming to an end. I love. love, love this show. I think it's as interesting and suspenseful as ever. Love Jack.

  19. if 24 isnt brought back i will stop watching fox shows

  20. Could “24″ be ending because of heat from some quarters of their portrayal of vicious amoral muslim terrorists?(I deliberately did not capitalize “muslim”)

  21. 24 is ending because it has nowhere to go. This season, much better than the last one which was abysmal, still has the horrible drag of the blonde ex-con agent subplot….. how did she get to work in ctu would have been a better plot line that all that silly maneuvering…… I'd fire anybody who'd be one the phone on personal calls so often…… anyway…… by now the format is forced and we are really just getting variations on the same theme….. there's been not much of an arc narrative or character development from season to season, just cliff-hanger to cliff-hanger….. and the voyeuristic appeal of intrigue among the powerful. I have enjoyed it thoroughly for the first few seasons, but it really has been going down hill very fast. I bet the writers are tired. It's getting to be “perils of Pauline” redux. I think it will have a dignified exit. If Jack Bauer has a movie afterlife, it will not be in a 24 format, I assure you.

  22. I will never say that I am ready for 24 to call it quits. I have been a fan since the first show I ever watched in the second season, that week I watched the season and a half that I missed and have not missed a monday night yet. Last season was the best of the 8 so far I believe and it is always suspenseful. When the TV show ends, then so be it but Monday nights won't be the same for me that is for sure.

  23. I’m very dissapointed that 24 is ending after 8 season I believe we as fans should start a petition to keep Jack Bauer hear for another 8 yrs I been a fan since day one and will always be a fan of Jack and look forward to 24 the movie

  24. Jack didn’t deserve to just let go secretly. In any case, he was suposed to be rewarded by being made US president automatically because he can protect da country by himself. Great Jack.