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Time’s Up for ‘24’

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Posted on Mar 27, 2010
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Friday marked a sad day for American exceptionalism. Jack Bauer, the heart-throbby, knows-no-rules lead character in “24,” will no longer appear on TV. Fox announced its decision to cancel the series at the end of its current, eighth season. But fear not, torture fans: Producers are looking to turn “24” into a feature film. —JCL

Reuters:

The Fox TV network on Friday stopped the clock on its action adventure series “24,” ending one of its most successful dramas as ratings began to slip in its current, eighth season.

The final, two-hour program will air on May 24, and in the countdown to that last show, the network will air 11 hours of uninterrupted episodes on Monday nights.

“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,” the show’s star, Kiefer Sutherland, said in a statement.

“Looking ahead to the future, (executive producer) Howard Gordon and I are excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of ‘24’,” Sutherland added.

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By William W. Wexler, March 28, 2010 at 4:19 am Link to this comment

There’s not enough drama in the series for Americans’ ever-increasing addiction to pornographic violence.

Suggestion to Fox to extend the series for at least another year: Change the story line and rename it “23”.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

-Wexler

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By Skinny Dog, March 28, 2010 at 1:40 am Link to this comment

Kiefer -  You could have changed the national dialogue on torture with a
simple PSA in which you could have told America, and the world, that your name
is Kiefer Sutherland, not Jack Bauer, and that torture does not work, that it is
unAmerican, that it is ineffective, illegal, immoral, and
reprehensible.

In one 30-second spot, you could have kneecapped every single right-wing
torture apologist in the entire nation, and all those worldwide, who opine that
we need to “let the Jack Bauers of the world” do their thing.

You could have used your worldwide celebrity to have done something effective to stop torture. And you didn’t. And you’re going to have to live with that for the rest of your days.

All it takes for evil to occur is for good men to do nothing. You had the chance for all those years to speak up, to speak out, and you didn’t.

Shame on you. Your show is your legacy, and it will live in infamy.

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By Naz, March 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment
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I never watched any episodes because I understood that the show was spawned by the Bush/Cheney administration which promoted torture which is against the Geneva Convention. The Bush/Cheney years were the worst America has ever seen as an administration because it condoned behavior that was and still is immoral, unethical, and illegal. If “24” portrays and condones such behavior, which I understand it does, all those involved should be ashamed of themselves for they are unpatriotic and disloyal to their country.

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