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Stop the clock: 24 falls victim to strike

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 8th 2007 12:03PM

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in a scene from the season seven premiere of 24, which has been delayed according to FOX.It looks like Jack Bauer has finally met an enemy he can't kill -- the striking Writer's Guild of America. The seventh season of 24 hasn't exactly gone smoothly when you add in the California wildfires and Keifer Sutherland's drinking woes. So it comes as no surprise that 24 won't be premiering in January.

In a press release dated yesterday, FOX announced that 24 will not return after the New Year. The two-hour two-night premiere starting on Sunday, January 13th will instead be handed off to the Terminator spin-off The Sarah Connor Chronicles. According to the release, "the seventh season of 24 is being postponed to ensure that 'Day 7' can air uninterrupted, in its entirety." No new premiere dates were released, but the schedule is subject to change depending on whenever this pesky writer's strike resolves itself.

I'd like to see 24 return later in the spring, but I don't see FOX blowing a huge show like this when viewership tends to drop off as the summer months approach. If I had to make a logical guess, I bet that we won't see it return until next Fall... but I could be way off there. As it is, only about eight episodes of the new season have been finished according to Reuters. Too bad FOX wasted all that money premiering the new season seven trailer last month.

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