Does NBC Want '24'?
It's no secret that 24 might not get a ninth season. FOX has been looking at cancelling the series, and quite possibly might do so in the next few days, according to Variety. Critics haven't been very enthusiastic about this season, and the cost of production has continued to move upward in contrast with the dropping viewership.
A film for the series is being considered, but is it the end for the old 24-hour format, where it actually took place in real time over the course of one day? Maybe not.
A crew member for the series has some optimism that another network might revive the series for a run. NBC's head Angela Bromstad, according to the crew member, is a "major league" 24 fan, and is "extremely motivated to find a way to get 24 on NBC.
This is somewhat ironic, considering 24's tone is just as gritty as Southland, a show which NBC dropped (and was later picked up by TNT). How long would 24 last before it was traded once again to another network?
However, NBC IS interested, and this is good news for Bauer fans, obviously. Of course, the question is: can it happen?
If the movie is going ahead as planned, it will be very, very hard to make the shooting schedule compatible with that of the series, given that it takes most of the year to produce one season of the action drama. The film, in which Jack Bauer fights terrorists in Europe, might not happen, if the series is picked up, or vice versa.
What do you think? Would you rather see a Jack Bauer movie, or do you think he should stick to fighting terrorism on television - namely NBC? Leave your comments in the section below. It should definitely be interesting to see how these negotiations over the future of TV's once-legendary series will end up.