The network announced Friday it has canceled the series, as first reported by USA TODAY. A victim of higher costs and declining ratings, 24 will end its run when the current eighth season concludes this spring.
Originally posted by Michael Ausiello24 may live to see another day after all.
Multiple sources confirm to me exclusively that 20th Century Fox has approached NBC about picking up the series should Fox opt to cancel it — and the Peacock is considering it.
A move to NBC — while still considered somewhat of a long shot given the hefty price tag — would likely delay 20th’s plans to launch a Jack Bauer film franchise. From a production standpoint, 24 execs have long maintained that it would be next to impossible to make a movie while the series was still on the air.
I'll miss it. I've enjoyed the last couple of seasons more than most I think. To be honest, season six was the only one that was really crappy, and even then there was some good stuff in there hidden amongst the pap.
There's a limit to what they can do with the formula though, so stopping at 8's probably the smart thing to do. I'd still totally watch a movie or two though.
Hopefully the last we saw of Tony won't be the last we see of Tony.
This has been pretty well expected since the start of the season, I think everyone was just waiting to hear the official word.
24 stopped being an 'it' show right when they killed of Nina, and they started becoming a cliche of shock writing when they started off that season killing Tony & Michelle in first five minutes. The constraint never was as much the real time format but the shocking plot turns and deaths, which always had to get bigger and bigger. The snake devoured it's own tail.
Parts of this season have been really good (everything not involving Dana), but there's nothing here that would need to be on if there hadn't been all the seasons before it.
I'm going to miss this show, but it's time. I think once they did Season Five (and won the Emmys), doing the biggest of all possible villains (and Robocop! And the Warlock!), they'd hit that point where either they had to plan a real series finale, or just going to keep going through the motions until Fox said "stop." And here we are.
It's kind of sad, because this is the type of show that deserves a real series finale, but then again, they've probably already done it since they exhausted every possible idea over the last 8 seasons.
Still, hopefully Jack Bauer gets some closure and that they were expecting it enough to craft a good ending that can stand alone without a movie.
Originally posted by SKLOKAZOIDI'm going to miss this show, but it's time. I think once they did Season Five (and won the Emmys), doing the biggest of all possible villains (and Robocop! And the Warlock!), they'd hit that point where either they had to plan a real series finale, or just going to keep going through the motions until Fox said "stop." And here we are.
Totally true. 24's heyday came when I was in college, and it was a HUGE favourite among students. Viewing parties, the whole deal. But that totally hit the wall once the sixth season came along and ruined the series. It just seemed to deflate everyone's interest in the show at the same time. That's a good point you made about how once Jack had taken on President Logan, you didn't really have anywhere else to go. (It also didn't help that having Jack's father and brother as the villains in S6 ended up being handled so poorly.) Plus, 24 was one of the few shows that had an entire season lost to the writer's strike, so that sixth season had an extra year to stick in people's minds.
(edited by Big Bad on 30.3.10 0212) "In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love. They had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." -- Orson Welles, The Third Man
This season's subplot with Starbuck has been so mind numbingly frustrating and pointless, that I am almost glad to see it go. The Wife and I love Katee Sackhoff and Stephen Root, but every time they come on screen, we now groan. We cheered when she killed him, because at least oen of them was gone from the show. Her heel turn can't save her, either.
It had a great run, and unless they were willing to break from the 24 hour formula, the show was only going to get more and more stale.
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
(spoiler text) Also, all the end needed was a rat to come running across the table and knock over the top. My theory is that it's real and the ambiguous ending is just a swerve to try and create a talking point for the movie.