Fox Officially Axes 24 on 'High Note'

Kiefer Sutherland says crew was ready; grateful for 'role of a lifetime'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 27, 2010 6:22 AM CDT
Kiefer Sutherland portrays Jack Bauer in the action series, "24." Season eight premieres on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.   (AP Photo/Fox, Kelsey McNeal)
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(Newser) – The drama 24 won't be ticking much longer on TV. Fox announced yesterday that its action-packed real-time show starring Kiefer Sutherland as anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer will wind down at the end of its current eighth season on May 24. Sutherland said in a statement that the show's cast and crew "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." He also said he was looking forward to creating a film version of 24.

The show has received 68 Emmy nominations, winning for outstanding drama series and for Sutherland as lead drama actor in 2006. "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," Sutherland said. "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." (Read more Kiefer Sutherland stories.)

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