NBC To Save ’24′ From Ending?

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Beyond the thrills of the actual TV show, fans of Fox’s long-running real-time TV series 24 must be fretting in between each episode, as the fate of the show hangs in the balance. We’ve been hearing word for awhile now that 24 might be coming to an end after the current season. Sad news for long-time fans who still enjoy the exploits of Jack Bauer.

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A few days ago we reported on the inside word that the decision about 24‘s fate was going to come any day now (at the time of the post it was “a day or two” and yet here we are with no announcement). If the show ended, it would allow the creators time to make a feature film, as star Kiefer Sutherland and the writers and producers have been desperate to do for some time. In fact, they’ve already hired State of Play scribe Billy Ray to write the script for the 24 movie.

However, rather than flat-out cancellation there’s always the chance that once Fox decides not to continue making the show another network will step up to the plate. I theorized that NBC might be that network, since it looks pretty likely that Heroes won’t survive much longer. And now we’re getting the word from Entertainment Weekly that NBC may very well save 24.

EW say that they have multiple sources (unnamed, of course) that claim 20th Century Fox (the studio) and Fox (the network) have approached NBC about taking 24 off their hands, should they choose not to renew it for another season. And word is NBC is considering it – “There’s definitely some interest,” said an insider close to the talks.

It’s been noted that a move to NBC is still a long shot; aside from the dwindling ratings, the show comes with hefty price tag to make. Plus, it takes the better part of a year to make one season – that’s a lot of cost for a network to bear. Still, the interest from a rival network shows that 24 isn’t a dinosaur that no one wants anymore.

 

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24 - Still going strong?

Unfortunately for those looking forward to seeing Jack Bauer take down terrorists on the big screen, you may have to wait a little longer if NBC does pick up 24 (or if Fox just renews for a ninth season). Since the show’s writers and producers have said it’d be impossible to shoot a feature film while still doing the TV version, we’ll pretty much be waiting until 24 ends before we see a feature film.

What do you think: Happy to see interest from another network in picking up 24 if Fox decides its done with it? Is NBC the right network for the show to jump ship to?

Stay tuned for more on this news as it comes out. I’m sure it won’t be too long before we get an announcement about Fox renewing or canceling the show, and in that case whether NBC does indeed pick it up.

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

Source: EW

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  1. o yes it would be okay for nbc ……….i love 24 and hate to see it end……one of the greatest dramas ever……….just love keifer sutherland as jack bauer…………there will never be another show like that…………..i could never get tired of it……..so lets keep it going………….at least for another one or two years.

  2. 24 should end on FOX, then make a feature film, then return to network television on NBC. They could use the feature film as a jumping off point for another network and perhaps kill off key people (not Jack) to make the show seem as if it is breeding new life on NBC. Of course, it will be on NBC and will most likely fail since it isn't a Thursday night comedy or ER. But, if they put it in ER's old time slot, it just might having some staying power. Then again, I doubt this will ever happen since NBC execs are nothing more than (fill in obligatory negative comment from a Conan O'Brien fan).

  3. Being A Conan O'Brien Supporter…. I have to say I hate NBC. If it wasn't for “Community” and “The Office”, my TV would never tune into NBC again.

    That having been said…. I LOVE 24 and would follow it anywhere. There is no other character like Jack Bauer. He is the freakin' man!!!

  4. With some of the laziest writing on the planet at this point, let's clip the 'whiff of purchasing by another network” for 24 already. It's got a LONG way to go this season to showcase some self-worth and I just can't see any network, much less NBC (that has paid so much money out to “late nite comics” alone) at this point. I think the only “whiff” I'd take a sniff at would be FX, where 24 could cut loose.

  5. I don't care what network or cable channel carries '24', I'm watching it!!!

  6. I would like for them to have at least one final season where the writers and everyone else go into it knowing it is the final season so they can have a final sendoff. I would hate for them to rush together a series finale this season that doesn't give the show the sendoff it deserves.

  7. I really like this idea. Although I've watched avidly for 8 long years, the show does show signs of aging.

    It's been through 2 reboots: a much-needed location change to DC, then to New York, and brand new casts each time. Still, the creators are limited as to what they can do, because a lot of fans think Jack = 24. There was a rumor that there could have been a spin-off featuring Freddie Prinze Jr's character in Season 8 and this would make a lot more sense to me IF the show were to live on. But at the very least, give it a dignified death.

  8. I really like this idea. Although I've watched avidly for 8 long years, the show definitely has aged.

    It's been through 2 reboots: a much-needed location change to DC, then to New York, and brand new casts each time. Still, the creators are limited as to what they can do, because a lot of fans think Jack = 24. There was a rumor that there could have been a spin-off featuring Freddie Prinze Jr's character in Season 8 and this would make a lot more sense to me IF the show were to live on. But at the very least, give it a dignified death.

  9. i don't what it to end!! 24 should live for ever i love it so much now that i know this my life has come to an end i love you keither sutherland.

  10. i don't what it to end!! 24 should live for ever i love it so much now that i know this my life has come to an end i love you keither sutherland.

  11. Why spread false rumors mate,
    this NBC thing was bogus, NBC is not interested at all in 24. They may be big fans of the show but in business terms with 24's bad ratings and most importantly sky rocket production costs, they said NO WAY JOSE, pass go and exit.

    24 is CANCELED and rightfully.

    Sorry.

  12. i love you 24!:X

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