Sutherland & Producer Talk ’24’ Cancellation; NBC Not Interested

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Unless you’ve been without Internet access for the last few days, you’ve probably heard the unfortunate (but somehow inevitable) news that Fox’s hit series 24 has been cancelled. At first it was a Tweet from show producer Jon Cassar, but then came the reaction from the other folks involved, including exec producer and showrunner Howard Gordon.

As a fan of 24 I am very sad about this news – personally I thought it could have gone on at least another season. But a silver lining is that a movie version of the show now has the freedom to be developed (the writers and producers have said on numerous occasions a movie was not possible while the show is still on the air). A writer for the 24 movie has already been found in the form of Billy Ray.

Since you can never get enough updates on a story like this, we have one here for you: Jack Bauer himself, Kiefer Sutherland, along with Howard Gordon, recently spoke to USA Today about 24‘s cancellation and its future and they revealed a couple of interesting pieces of info:

’24’ on NBC

Before 24‘s cancellation became a confirmed reality, we heard that one of Fox’s rival networks, NBC, might pick up the expensive and tough-to-make show if Fox didn’t renew it for a ninth season. Yeah, well, so much for hoping as USA Today‘s article reveals that pitching the show to NBC was “a challenge” and the network wasn’t interested. Looks like fans’ last hope of 24 continuing as a TV show has been squashed.

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’24’ The Movie

The other bits of info build on previous reports of Billy Ray’s 24 movie script taking Jack Bauer to Europe. We learn now that the location will likely be Prague. Also, the movie will likely take place within the time frame of one day, although this hasn’t been officially approved quite yet. However, if the movie does go that route, it would mark the first time that 24 breaks from its unique real-time format (the thing that I think the show will most be remembered for). Of course such a change does have cinematic advantages, notably allowing Jack Bauer to travel without us having to see him in real-time flying on a plane…

Other than new info on what will become of 24 after the show ends this May, Sutherland and Gordon talked about working on the show. Not surprisingly, Sutherland is feeling, “really nostalgic and really sad… Before this show, I wasn’t working a whole lot.” Even if his role in The Lost Boys will always be remembered, I think Jack Bauer will be the role Sutherland is best known for.

Sutherland also talked about how difficult the show was to make and keep going all these years:

“I know they (the writers) get incredibly burnt and bent… Ultimately, we felt we had a much better opportunity of doing something special by doing a film … than going back to another season and doing 24 more episodes. The more you do it, the more you paint yourself into a corner, and I think, ‘How many times have I played the same moment over and over?'”

For the rest of the interview – where it’s hinted at where the rest of the show’s (now final) season will go and how it will end – you can head over to USA Today.

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As I said, I’m sad to see 24 go (it really is a groundbreaking TV series) but at the same time I’m excited to see what they do within the framework of a feature film with the real-time shackles off. When they said it was going to take place in Europe, I assumed somewhere like France, Italy or perhaps even the UK – but Prague is a beautiful city and not necessarily somewhere I’d expect the sort of stuff that goes on in 24 to happen. Color me intrigued.

What do you think of what’s been said about 24? Sad that NBC isn’t taking the show off of Fox’s hands? What sort of story would you like the movie to have?

Source: USA Today (via Cinema Blend)

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  1. It's extremely sad but HAS to be done. Lazy writing, HORRIBLE casting choices and just an all round downward spiral. Just watching the latest episode, it is arguably one of the worst I have ever seen in the whole of 24.
    It's very annoying because 24 still had the tools to go on.

  2. Dude, I totally disagree that 24 could have gone on. At a certain point (Like, oh…RIGHT NOW) it becomes ridiculous that one man keeps getting drawn into crap situations he no longer wants any part of.

    It's also sad to see a character suffer and be as unhappy as Jack Bauer is. He's lost his wife, killed his Brother and father (Stupidest. Plot. Ever.) and had most of his friends and mentors turn evil. At the start of this season Jack was a happy grandfather and it seriously made me upset knowing he was in for yet another tragic day.

    Call me nostalgic but I like to see the good guys get happy endings. STOP PUNISHING JACK BAUER, GOD (and Fox)!!!

  3. I guess I'm saying I would have liked to have seen it go on just as a fan of 24, not necessarily in any sort of justified “they could do so much more” way 😛 .

  4. There are many endearing qualities that founded some great storytelling. The problem is that the writers currently have no idea what to do that doesn't involve something already visited. The last three episodes have been some of the WORST episodes in 24 history.

    For years we've been wanting there to be a tie to a film that would segue perfectly to either a season launch or a season wrap up, and they never took the time to do so. This “avenue” of now contemplating a movie after the nose of the series is digging into the ground is frustrating as well.

    If they can get some new writers and fresh eyes and delivering some content that we want to see that doesn't have a mole every 15 minutes, or Jack being shot in the torso with high tensile full metal jacketed automatic gunfire, we just may have something new and watchable. If not, let's let this series float into the ether that season 8 is quickly becoming and move on.

  5. I'll definitely miss this show, but I wouldn't want it to continue with the same caliber it's been putting out recently. I would say its definitely time.

  6. I never watched the show but thought for sure NBC would want it they love shows no one wants to watch …Leno

  7. Sad to see it go, happy to see them turn it into a feature film. Heck, we could have a series.. 24, 48, 72 hrs? Anyone!! Jack Bauer should be played by Sutherland, keep him in the loop please. Prague is all good for a European location. Does the show really need to be in real time for the film? No. I think the 24 name will be able to convey the story in a movie real-time manner of 1 day.. allowing for time management! Bring it on Jack, bring it on!!

  8. This is sooooooooo ridiculous and upsetting. 24 is still rivetting and exciting. Somebody step up and do something. PLEEEEEEASE!!!!!!!!

  9. It is a shame that 24 has been canceled. I was looking forward to the next 2 sessions. I hope fans are able to convince Fox to rethink things or for NBC to jump on this awesome opportunity. I love seeing all the action. Some fans are forgetting what CTU stands for — Counter Terrorist Unit — therefore, plots have to be about terrorist attacks. Canceling is a big mistake.

  10. I think it is a good time for it to end. Yeah, when you can start guessing what happens next, it makes the show a little less exciting. How come there's always an inside person within CTU, government, etc. that is working with the terrorists? Must be a bad job at background checks. The first five seasons were great, but then the latter half started going down.

  11. 24 should make 8 movies. each one being 3 hours of real time. Each one could be released about 1.5 months apart and this can go on for the entire year. The revenue from this would be worth it all, and the show can keep its real-time platform


  13. Wow,, I hope NBC or someone picks it up,, it’s the only show that I watch on tv… Fox would be very stupid to let this one go,, and NBC would also be stupid to let it slip out of their hands.. Maybe this is all just a PR stunt..

  14. If not NBC, how about HBO?

  15. I think that Spike would be a perferct fit for 24. This network has alot of shows that are like 24. I would like to see one of the networks take over the show. It’s one of the best tv shows that tv has ever had. Why would you cancal a show that had third in ratings. If one of the other networks would sign the show I bet that their ratings would increase even just a little. Even if they had a new cast it still would be graet to watch. I would keep Jack and Chole for sure and build a cast around them.