“24” Cancelled; Series Finale 24

The longest day of Jack Bauer’s life will be his last day on TV. FOX has decided to axe the real-time drama after eight seasons.

A statement issued by the network announced that the once hit show will bow out with a two-hour series finale May 24. The network says the program’s cancellation was a joint decision by star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, 24 producers, and FOX executives.

“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,” Sutherland said in a statement Friday. “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.”

Series star Mary Lynn Rajskub Tweeted about the conclusion of its current eighth season on Friday:

“Just found out we got the word officially. This is 24’s last season.”

The series — which debuted in Nov. 2001 — split a 24-hour day into one-hour real-time episodes, and grappled with terrorism and political issues in the wake of 9/11.

Just because FOX is pulling the plug on FOX doesn’t mean the show won’t get a ninth season, NBC’s head Angela Bromstad is reportedly a “major league” 24 fan, and is “extremely motivated to find a way to bring the series to The Peacock.

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