Thursday, February 14, 2008

Fox’s 24 Shelved Until 2009

On February 3, I wrote here that Fox’s 24 was on life support. It looks like it will be that way for a lot longer.

The writer’s strike is being blamed for the long delay in starting the new season. According to CNN, “A January 2009 start seemed the best way to comply with viewers' wishes that a season's episodes run without interruption to conclusion, Fox said on Thursday.” OK, so now they are partly blaming it on the fans.

It’s not this viewer’s wishes to have the episodes run without interruption. Right now, I think to get something new, the fans would be happy to have an interruption in the series here and there if it’s really needed.

CNN also reported that eight episodes had already been filmed. I say release the 8 episodes while they work on the rest. The viewers would be happy to see Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) back in action again, even if it were just for a short while.

Is the real problem that they’re still stuck on the direction of the show? I would hope that with the time taken with the writer's strike, they’ve had a lot of time to think about it and they should be all that much closer to finalizing things. But for them, it’s probably easier to blame the viewers and their need to see all the episodes one after the other.

This may be curtains for 24, or it’s going to negatively affect viewership once it does come back, almost a year from now. And maybe by then something more interesting will be the new hot show.

I hope that Fox rethinks their position on this one, because I’m already rethinking if I want to bother with 24 next year.

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