Fox cancels "24" TV show; movie version is next

LOS ANGELES Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:16pm EDT

1 of 2. Cast members Mary Lynn Rajskub (L), Cherry Jones (2nd L), executive producer and cast member Kiefer Sutherland (3rd L) and executive producer Howard Gordon (R) of the series '24' participate in a panel discussion at the Fox Broadcasting Company Winter 2010 Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, January 11, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Fox TV network on Friday stopped the clock on its action adventure series "24," ending one of its most successful dramas as ratings began to slip in its current, eighth season.

The final, two-hour program will air on May 24, and in the countdown to that last show, the network will air 11 hours of uninterrupted episodes on Monday nights.

"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," the show's star, Kiefer Sutherland, said in a statement.

"Looking ahead to the future, (executive producer) Howard Gordon and I are excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of '24'," Sutherland added.

Since the show began in 2001, Sutherland has portrayed tough-minded federal agent Jack Bauer, who has fended off assassins and terrorists and saved mankind from devastation.

The fast-paced program often employed a split screen to show events happening in two places at one time, and a clock ticked off the time remaining for Bauer to complete his mission. Each one-hour episode represented one hour in Bauer's life, and every season had 24 episodes to simulate a full day.

In its heyday, "24" was one of TV's most popular dramas. It earned a total 68 Emmy Awards, TV's highest honor, including best drama series in 2006. Sutherland was nominated for best actor in a drama seven times, winning once.

But viewership had begun to decline. The most recent episode drew just under 9 million viewers in the United States, down from last season's average of slightly more than 13 million.

Sutherland and the show's creators now hope to take the character to movie theaters in a film version.

(Editing by Sheri Linden)

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Comments (7)
Story_Burn wrote:
I will miss you Jack Bauer

Mar 26, 2010 10:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
chumunga wrote:
What you are cancelling 24? This is the best show on Television. I hope that you reconsider

Mar 26, 2010 10:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Robert76 wrote:
Guess that means only one more box set to buy for current season.

I have become addicted to the show. It is the best thing that FOX offered in any format. Shame to see it go.

Mar 26, 2010 10:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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