'24' postpones season 7 due to strike

Even the mighty Jack Bauer is no match for a WGA strike: Fox has decided to postpone the previously scheduled January 13 debut of 24‘s seventh season so Kiefer Sutherland’s alter ego will not be left hanging indefinitely in the middle of some world-saving story line. The series will finish shooting through episode 8 before shutting down production later this month, and it will likely be rescheduled at a time when this season’s episodes can be seen in consecutive weeks.

To fill the void left by 24, Fox has scheduled the premiere of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles for Jan. 13 and 14.  Prison Break, which was scheduled to go off the air in December and return in April, will now get an early hiatus, following the Nov. 12 episode; the show will resume Jan. 14. American Idol will also return Jan. 15 and 16 with a two-night, four-hour debut.

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  • graeme

    Hmmmm, I can’t help but think the 24 creators are letting out a huge sigh of relief at the chance to stop production on an extremely troubled season at this point to try to regroup.

  • Behrooz

    I agree. And perhaps this will give them an opportunity to finally find me.

  • Travis

    Behrooz. Hahaha.

  • C C

    I don’t mind that much. I have a feeling that the anxiety the producers had over this strike that everyone knew was coming adversely impacted last season. That sometimes happens-you’re so worried about what might happen in the future that you don’t focus properly on the task at hand. Hopefully they’ll come back from the strike (whenever that is) with a full tank of gas, raring to go.

  • Jonathan F.

    Dear Lord, please don’t let them do this to Lost. I’ll have waited long enough by February.

  • Michelle

    And this conveniently allows Kiefer the opportunity to serve his jail time without interrupting the production schedule.

  • James…

    I’m bummed but maybe this year CTU will set up a perimeter and actually catch someone.

  • Ben

    I’m not liking the Tony-is-back-and-he’s-badder-then-ever angle they’re going for, so maybe this is a good thing.

  • Garry

    I want my Chloe!

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  • Sean

    Seriously, I hope this doesn’t happen to Lost. I stopped watching 24 after the top-of-the-mountain escapism that was Season 5. There was no way, in my mind anyway, that they could top that amazing season (and referencing season 6 reviews i gather i was right).
    But come on, dont do this to LOST! PLEEEEASE!!!


    There is hope for Lost to be shown as scheduled, as they do have at least 8 shows done. However, after that, if the strike is not resolved, let the lull begin. As stated above, this is why 24 is being delayed, as they don’t want the fans to have to deal with a lull after so many shows. I have contacts in LA, and from what I’ve been told, talks probably will not resume until February-March at the earliest, which is a serious bummer for our shows. I’m hoping that they talk and resolve faster than that, for the sake of 24, and Lost.


    For the Lost fans, here is a link to check out.


  • Shannon S.

    wow…you know I didn’t take the writer’s strike seriously because I just assumed there would be an 11th hour resolution and everybody would continue working. Now I realize how long this thing could drag out and how much of an effect it’s having. I’m usually the guy who hates it when celebrities or athletes demand more money…but this is just impacting SO MANY productions that I just want the writers to get what they want so everyone goes back to work.

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