Friday, March 26, 2010

Say It Ain't So, Jack!

This will be a very busy weekend, with Jazz Festival coming up tomorrow and Saturday and yet another gig on Sunday night. But I'm chiming in just long enough to note today's announcement that the current season of 24 will be its last. Here's the announcement, via MySpace:
In a joint decision made by 24’s star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Imagine Entertainment and Fox Broadcasting Company, it was determined that the acclaimed series will end its remarkable eight-season run. Jack Bauer’s last day on FOX will conclude when the final two hours of “Day Eight” air Monday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). As the countdown to the series’ climactic conclusion races on, the final 11 hours will air uninterrupted Mondays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Multiple award-winning series star Kiefer Sutherland reflected on the show’s run: “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. 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. Looking ahead to the future, Howard Gordon and I are excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of 24. 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.”
I started watching 24 in its fourth season (and I'm sure I'll catch up on the first three via DVD eventually), and I've been hooked ever since. The writing has had its ups and downs over the years, but the action (not to mention the roller coaster-ish pace of the show) has never failed to provide enjoyment. I've taped the show every week (yes, I'm still in my old-school pre-TiVo era over here) and even gotten to watch it as it aired recently, and this news will make me even more vigilant about setting my VCR properly (to catch things such as the two-hour episode set for April 5).

Congrats to Keifer and company on a job well done. I look forward to the conclusion of this seasons and the eventual movie.

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