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20th Century Fox passes on 24 movie script

20th Century Fox has passed on Billy Ray’s script for a proposed big-screen iteration of the recent Fox TV series 24, EW reports:

Fans of Jack Bauer who were hoping to get a big screen fix of their favorite anti-hero may be in for a long wait: EW has learned exclusively that […]

FOX cancels 24

FOX has confirmed that 24 will come to a close after eight seasons.  The two-hour series finale will air on Monday, May 24th from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on FOX. Here’s the statement from series star/executive producer Kiefer Sutherland:

“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.”

The full press release is included after the jump.

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Season eight could be 24’s last

Variety is reporting that 20th Century Fox and Fox appear ready to bring the long-running hit 24 to a close after the current eighth season:

Studio and network execs declined comment — but it’s believed that the final decision will be made in the next day or two. Move is not a huge surprise, but still reps the end of an era for Fox.

Ratings are down this season, but still respectable.  The problem lies in the show’s production cost:

Continue reading Season eight could be 24’s last

NBC’s Angela Bromstad talks Heroes, Chuck + more

Angela Bromstad, NBC’s president of primetime entertainment, chatted with THR’s James Hibberd about some of the “on-the-bubble” shows including Heroes and Chuck.  Here’s the relevant excerpt:

THR: Let’s run down some of the bubble shows. “Heroes”?

Bromstad: We met with (“Heroes” creator) Tim Kring (last week) and talked about a lot of things. It’s a wait-and-see for us.

THR: If “Heroes” does come back, is there a chance of it being announced as a final season?

Bromstad: We’re going to cross that bridge when we come to it.

THR: “Chuck” — a bit surprising on Mondays?

Bromstad: Pleasant surprise, and they’re doing great work.

THR: So fans presumably won’t have to buy Subway sandwiches again this year?

Bromstad: Well, it’s got to maintain, and it depends on development.

Bromstad even discussed the possibility of NBC picking up 24 should Fox decide against renewing it.  Head on over the jump to read her reaction to that possibility.

Continue reading NBC’s Angela Bromstad talks Heroes, Chuck + more

Fox entertainment president talks 24, Human Target, Fringe + more

THR Feed’s James Hibberd interviewed Kevin Reilly, president of Entertainment for Fox, and Reilly talked about some of the network’s suspected “on-the-bubble” shows including 24, Human Target, Lie to Me, Fringe and more.  Head on over the jump for some excerpts.

Continue reading Fox entertainment president talks 24, Human Target, Fringe + more

24 Shuts Down Production for Kiefer Sutherland Surgery; 24 Film In Development

20th Century Fox has temporarily shut down production on 24 so that Kiefer Sutherland can undergo surgery related to a ruptured cyst near his kidney.  Production is expected to resume in a week:

“While Kiefer Sutherland is frustrated to miss even one day of work, he and Fox decided together that it would be best to complete this minor elective procedure now as a precaution as opposed to six weeks from now when production wraps. He looks forward to returning to work next week.”

Earlier in the week, 20th Century Fox announced they are teaming with the TV side to bring the series to the bigscreen, hiring Bill Ray (State of Play) to pen the script.

Continue reading 24 Shuts Down Production for Kiefer Sutherland Surgery; 24 Film In Development

FOX’s Human Target and 24 Lose NFL Lead-in

On Monday, the NFL announced that the Sunday late game (NFL: AFC Divisional Playoff matchup) on January 17th would be carried by CBS, not Fox as originally planned.  That means FOX won’t be able to use the Playoff game to boost the series premiere of Human Target at 8:00 p.m. and the season nine […]

24 Season 8: New Trailer, Sneak Peek Video and Promotional Photos

With just a little under a month away from the eighth season premiere of the Fox drama 24, a batch of promotional photos (including a new poster teased above with the tag line “New York Gets Jacked”), a sneak peek video and a 30-second TV spot have been released.  Head on over the jump to check it all out.

The two-night/four-hour 24 season eight premiere begins on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. and continues on Monday, January 18th.

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24 Season Eight Teaser Trailer

Fox has released a teaser trailer for the upcoming eighth season of the hit drama 24.  The new season takes place two-and-a-half years after the events of season seven with Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) now in New York City.  Head on over the jump to watch the teaser.

24 Season Eight premieres January 17, 2010 on Fox. Continue reading 24 Season Eight Teaser Trailer

TCA 2009: Season Eight of 24 May Be It’s Last

As you may know, 24 is only contracted at Fox through the upcoming season, and Kevin Reilly, Fox Entertainment president, isn’t sure that it’ll be renewed beyond the upcoming season:

“It’s our last contractual season of 24,” Reilly told ifMagazine. “There are a lot of moving parts, so we’re not sure what […]

Movie and TV Casting Bites: John Lithgow Joins Dexter, Paul Adds Five, Chevy Chase Goes Time-Traveling + more

Ana de la Reguera has joined the cast of Kevin Smith’s A Couple of Dicks as the third major lead.  The film stars Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis “as two veteran LAPD detectives who attempt to track down a stolen, mint-condition, 1952 baseball card, get tangled with a sports memorabilia-obsessed gangster.” [/Film] John Lithgow is joining the […]

Movie and TV Bites: The History Channel and Comedy Central Unveil TV Slates, Terminator Salvation Sequel Rights May Be Up For Grabs + more

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  • /Film has a rundown of several of the Pixar “easter eggs” hidden in their various films, including several possible ones for UpPhoto courtesy /Film.
  • Fox has released the following video of Fringe executive producer Jeff Pinkner discussing the final scene from Tuesday’s season finale.

  • Meanwhile, Fox has decided to discontinue its year-old strategy of airing fewer advertisements at higher prices. Fringe was one of those shows, so next season’s episodes likely won’t run as long. [WSJ]
  • The History Channel has announced their most extensive programming slate in its history, including a 12-part epic called America: The Story of Us chronicling the history of the United States from the pilgrims through to President Obama. Other new shows/events include Nostradamus Effect and MysteryQuest. [Variety]
  • On the strength of several exciting 7-game series, Versus has seen its NHL playoff numbers increase 18% in total viewers and 26% in men 18-49.  Last week’s game three between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals registered a record-high 1.49 million viewers for the network, making it the most-watched second-round hockey game since 2002 (when ESPN had the NHL rights). [Variety]

10 more bites after the jump. Continue reading Movie and TV Bites: The History Channel and Comedy Central Unveil TV Slates, Terminator Salvation Sequel Rights May Be Up For Grabs + more