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Decision imminent on whether 24 will get ninth season

24: Day 8

Story by Jack Foley

SPECULATION continues to mount that the eighth season of 24 – currently airing on Sky1 on Sunday nights – could be the show’s last.

According to a report on Variety, 20th Century Fox TV and Fox look set to end the long-running hit after its current season – although they have declined to comment on the story.

A final decision and announcement is, however, expected to be made in the few days and could be driven by the show’s high production costs at a time when ratings have started to dip.

Critics have also started to circle the real-time show once more, accusing Season 8 of another dip in form, despite relocating the action to New York.

24 could be spared if fans rally behind it and if a new network takes it on… or the move could pave the way for a long fancied 24 movie, which would bring Jack Bauer to the big screen, possibly in Europe.

Major strides have been made in recent months towards achieving that long-term goal, with Twentieth Century Fox’s film department recently announcing that it had hired writer Billy Ray (State of Play) to pen a script.

Ray’s idea, which is said to be based on the Europe concept, is reportedly liked by Fox executives, the show’s producers and Sutherland himself, who is also an executive producer on the show.

Over the course of its successful eight-year run, 24 has proved a consistent ratings winner for Fox TV and has won the Emmy and the Golden Globe awards for drama.

Sutherland, meanwhile, has notched up both an Emmy and a Globe for best actor, while there have also been Emmy Awards for writing and directing and, last year, an Emmy for supporting actress in a drama for Cherry Jones.

Read our verdict on Day 8’s opening two hours