“24” Cancelled, It Shows Fox Doesn’t Know Jack

Proving that some networks can make money in spite of all their bad decisions and stupidity, the announcement of the end of Fox network’s long running hit “24” will be gone after the end of May 2010. Though some may call this a nine-year run, it is really only a bit over seven, and using the yardstick of someone who grew up before the current system of “use any number of episodes, and call it a season” it is not even that.

The one good thing about this is that at least there will be a full season – Fox has that much sense. It won’t be like shows on the other three networks, getting aborted in mid-run, all the while getting numbers higher than many shows that had been on for a longer time.

[Huffington Post]

The drama "24" won’t be ticking much longer on TV. Fox announced Friday that its action-packed real-time show starring Kiefer Sutherland as anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer will wind down at the end of its current eighth season on May 24.

Sutherland said in a statement that the show’s cast and crew "always wanted ’24’ to finish on a high note, so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon." He also said he was looking forward to creating a film version of "24."

The show has received 68 Emmy nominations, winning for outstanding drama series and for Sutherland as lead drama actor in 2006.

"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," Sutherland said. "But when all is said and done, it is the loyal worldwide fan base that made it possible for me to have the experience of playing the role of Jack Bauer, and for that I am eternally grateful."

Premiering Nov. 6, 2001, "24" used an innovative real-time, split-screen format to present fast-paced interwoven storylines. Each episode covered one hour of the season’s 24-hour story arc.

The first six seasons were set in Los Angeles. Following a one-year break forced by the writers strike, season seven went to Africa and Washington, D.C.

The current season has Agent Bauer thwarting a terrorist attack in New York.

By the end of this season, "24" will have presented 194 episodes, making it one of television’s longest-running action shows.

Since no mention of the Nielsen ratings are given, I wonder to what degree those numbers have been affected by the mentioned writer’s strike, and the ridiculously long period that it took after that strike for the season to commence. No doubt the legal troubles of Kiefer Sutherland later had a certain cooling effect upon the shows popularity – if a show is expected to be on at a certain time, and for a long period of time the time slot comes and goes with no program aired, the viewing public wanes.

Fox, as well as every other network does this. In many instances, it has to be with the idea that it will kill the shows numbers, allowing a cancellation for cause. It is very similar to the problems with Monday evening viewing on ABC when that network had Monday Night Football. MacGyver was one of those shows killed off by the networks screwing with the air time.

“24” will be back, in re-runs, and in movies. Can you imagine 6 4-hour episodes over the course of a year’s time? Can you say box office boffo, boys and girls?

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