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Fox Announces '24' Will End After Current Season

Fox has now made official what we first reported a couple of weeks ago: '24' will end after the current season.

The series' final episode, a two-hour series finale, will air on May 24.

"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," says series star Kiefer Sutherland.

"While the end of the series is bittersweet, we 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."

"This feels like the culmination of all our efforts from the writers to the actors to our fantastic crew and everyone at Fox."

Kiefer confirms that a '24' movie is definitely in the works: "Looking ahead to the future, executive producer Howard Gordon and I are excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of 24. The hour-by-hour, episode-by-episode dynamic that made for such a thrill ride on television tied us down creatively."

"In real time, our characters can't move around. But in a two-hour representation of a 24-hour day, all of a sudden, Jack can get on a plane and fly from South America to Russia to England, and still have time to save the day in Washington."

"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. Jack Bauer became so much bigger than anything I ever envisioned," he explains. "At a certain point, he began showing me how to be a better man, a better person. This character became my life."

As for how the season will end, Kiefer promises: "The finale episode won't be a cliff-hanger. We will know definitely where Jack stands and where he’s headed in his life. I don’t want to say too much other than it’s going to be very exciting."

"Kiefer and I have loved every minute of making 24, but we all believe that now is the right time to call it a day," says showrunner Gordon.

"The weight that created such a burden over the years for Jack became a burden of the writers, too,” he admits. "I’m amazed we kept the story going as long as we did, but it was getting increasingly hard to do."

"I woke up early to finish the final script. It was two days late but I just couldn't part with it. When I finally pressed send, it felt very strange. Every season, you know there’s another season coming, and another day for Jack. It moved me to think, 'This really is it.'"

During its run, '24' was been nominated for a total of 68 Emmy Awards, and took home the Outstanding Drama Series trophy in 2006.

March 28, 2010 |

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