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It’s Official: Fox Cancels 24

After eight seasons, Fox has canceled 24.

The drama will air its final real-time episode in May thanks to an increasing budget and decreasing ratings.

But, for diehard fans, there is still hope. Studio 20th TV is developing a theatrical film that takes Bauer to Europe.

“There are other possible iterations of Jack Bauer and his world,” Executive Producer Howard Gordon said.

Because of the increase in the cast and creative team salaries since the show’s first season, and the $5 million per episode license fee to 20th TV that Fox pays, the show became extremely expense to run.

Meanwhile, the show’s ratings dropped 16% this season to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating including DVR — still healthy numbers for a scripted drama, ut not enough to justify the show’s hefty budget.

Producers did pitch the show to other networks, namely NBC, but NBC ran the numbers and passed.

Gordon promises a strong finish for the final hours of 24 and promises the story line will take a dark and risky turn for the final episodes.

“I’d like it to be remembered as a revolutionary concept,” Gordon said. “I hope the second thing is that we loved this show so much and never did anything less than our best and I hope we delivered to our fans like we feel we did to ourselves.”

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