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24 Cancellation Ticking

Will NBC Pick up Jack Bauer?

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 15, 2010
Source: Entertainment Weekly

Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) in Fox's day 8 of 24(2010).
© Fox/Bob Trate

For the past few days rumors have surfaced that 20th Century Fox and its television production company Fox TV were nearing an agreement to cancel their action series "24" due to declining ratings and production costs. The latest report from Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly suggests that 20th Century Fox has approached NBC on possibly picking up the series for a ninth season and the peacock network is interested.

If NBC declines the offer to pick it up, there is another factor for 24 fans to consider. There is a developing feature film based around Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) which has been said to not go into production until the series ends. If this is the final day of Bauer on televised format, he could breaking into cinemas sometime in the near future.



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ponyboy76 3/15/2010 3:23:53 AM

Its kind of crazy how fast Fox is willing to cancel 24. I mean I know at the end fo the day its a business, but this is really the first season that it hasn't been doing well since its been on. Its the 1st season that there has even been a hint of cancellation talk. There really is no loyalty in television.
I could see 24 working on NBC, but do they even have the money for it. NBC is struggling as it is. I'd love to see 24 on FX. It could be even more gritty.

Wiseguy 3/15/2010 4:22:32 AM

You gotta quit while you're ahead or at least not that far behind. Fox is smart, they can smell the show going south. Of course I'm tired of the show so I tend to agree with them. The show is tired and old IMO. And pony, you said it, at the end of the day is all business but it works both ways, I'm sure Sutherland hasn't taken a pay cut since the show's been on

Dazzler 3/15/2010 4:23:31 AM

I hate to see 24 leave in any form.  But it's had a great run.  I rather it go away than lose quality and get cheap ep's. 

hanso 3/15/2010 5:32:32 AM

24 can find new life if they ditch the “real time” format and use the traditional one. That will keep the writers from having to use pointless and boring storylines for secondary characters just to keep them involved. They can also develop the characters more since they won’t have to deal with the 24 hour constraint. If they still want to keep the 24 name, they can have each season be 24 days.

Calibur454 3/15/2010 5:45:02 AM

Sorry hanso but i think your wrong on this one the 24 hr format is what maded the show a success to begin with. I honestly think shows should quit while they are ahead and at the very least have a decent ending to please the fans- a crappy ending cand send prople into a tizy-

does the sopranos ring a bell for anyone


xpaladinx45 3/15/2010 5:48:12 AM

kind of agree with hanso.  the 24 hour format was great the first couple of seasons, but after awhile it gets to the point absurdity not only how often terrorist threats happen, but how quickly they are dealt with.  a 24 day format would probably really open up some possibilities

dragon261 3/15/2010 6:22:34 AM

NBC won't take on 24 it's too expensive to produce and Fox would want too much up front for the show anyway. Declining ratings and rising costs are factors that won't magically change on another network. And you can't rebuild a network on a show that's already had an eight year run you do it with brand new product.

I disagee with changing the format the die hard fans would hate it and it would lose even more ratings.

hanso 3/15/2010 6:31:14 AM

I liked the Sopranos finale, the whole episode worked and the fact that we don’t get closure on Tony Soprano doesn’t make it a crappy ending for me. Sure I would’ve liked a definite answer but they had left some stuff hang in the air on the series before. The Russian guy that escapes in the woods when Christopher was trying to kill him comes to mind.

Back to 24 though, yes the format made it work but like my fellow Lost brother XpalandinX mentioned, some stuff was absurd. It was probably because the format forced them to. Look at the cougar storyline wit Kim or Jack Bauer beating a cocaine addiction in one day. If they switch the format, stuff like that won’t be needed and the people involved with the show can probably deliver tighter storylines that focus on Bauer and his mission as opposed to things like what’s happening with Starbuck’s character this season.

Plus a new format gives the writers an opportunity to flesh out the characters lives outside of a stressful terrorist attack day. Jack Bauer can finally eat and sleep.

I’m not saying switching it up will definitely work but if it’s facing cancelation maybe it’s time to try something new.

Hobbs 3/15/2010 6:58:18 AM

I read that the costs of keeping 24 around is more than they are bringing in.  Don't know if that's true but ratings are down this year by a lot so there might be some truth to that.  I think moving it to the big screen is a smart move. 


jfdavis 3/15/2010 8:01:38 AM

NBC is the wrong place for 24.  They have a worse track record for kepping shows around now than Fox ever did.  They canceled Journeyman. Merlin's second season is going to their step-child network SyFy.  AND they tried the horrendous Jay Leno Show to save money and it bit them in the derrierre! Oddly, they're still kicking themselves for cancelling Star Trek...

I honestly think 8 years is an awesome run and feature films is the next logical step...   

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