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Yup, NBC is Seriously Thinking About Picking Up '24'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2010 1:02PM
Kiefer SutherlandA couple of weeks ago we told you that the idea was being floated at NBC that they should pick up '24' next season. No, FOX hasn't officially said that this will be the show's last season, but industry sources say that they're thinking about ending the show because it has been on for several seasons and it's too expensive to produce (though a big-screen flick might be a factor too). NBC's Angela Bromstad even confirmed that execs at the Peacock Network are actually considering it, though they too think it might be too pricey.

Now Michael Ausiello says that this isn't just some TV programming fantasy, it's actually something that NBC is seriously considering. In fact, 20th Century Fox has approached NBC about it.

It could be an interesting move. Sure, the show doesn't have quite the buzz that it did a few seasons ago, but it does have a certain quality level and fan base that NBC would love to have. Imagine '24' taking up one of the 9 or 10pm slots now inhabited by a reality show or an episode of 'Dateline.'

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Marge

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!! That is a top show and NBC you will not regret it ... There are shows on NBC I do watch and I do watch quite alot of shows but to pick up and continue with 24 and Jack Bauer will be the greatest move ever !!!!! Don't think about it , JUST DO IT !!!!!!!!!!!

March 30 2010 at 9:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elisabeth

NBC develops quality shows, doesn't nurture them, drops them like hot potatoes, and then decides to pick up a tired show like 24? (And yes, I agree with the comments here: it is tired.)
They will kill it, like everything else. Like "Life". Like "Friday Night Lights" which they hide on directTV so us fans can't find it. Like "Medium" which they give to CBS.
NBC needs a management change: the people running this network wouldn't know a good drama if hit them across the head.

March 17 2010 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Picviewer

Pick it up??? Yes we need more quality writing such as the genius staff that lets a hostage, whom escapes their captors, drive right up into the main counter-terrrorist facility,in the largest city on the eastern seaboard, without being stopped at some checkpoint before driving right up to the door writing. I've watched it from season 1 but come on already with some of this. I'm sure every analyst can take multiple personal calls during a ongoing operation and just up and leave their station also for a period of time.
Bad enough every season has the paper thin perimeter setups that as soon as that's said you know someone will slip through like swiss cheese, but this lately has become eh.

March 17 2010 at 2:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason

I'm already on the verge of giving up on 24 this season. If they end up on NBC, it'll be like everything else on that network: dead to me.

I'd say "give me a reason," but the writing this year is reason enough.

March 17 2010 at 1:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

What could say "we're utterly out of ideas" better than this?

Wait, more of that horrible Donald Trump show.

Or bringing back tired old Leno.

OK, NBC is practically begging for someone to give the whole network a mercy killing. The only show there worth saving is "Community".

March 16 2010 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nathaniel

I wouldn't be surprised if Fox just picked it up for a 9th season. Anyway, I'm sure they won't give up the spin-off rights if they do sell the show.

March 16 2010 at 10:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JennyL

Don't assume Flash Forward will be back. And if it is, don't assume Braga will be back with it.

But it makes sense for Jeff Zucker to pick up Braga and drive the final nail into NBC's coffin.

March 16 2010 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
C C

Not going to happen. Period.

March 16 2010 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
johngaltx

If they cut the cast by 70%, cut they improbability by 50% and got it back to having just one guy and a couple of handlers trying to solve some problem or mystery in 24 hours, it might work. Base it on the classic Bond movies from the sixties, where there was major problem, a super spy and very minimal support staff.

March 16 2010 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JWB

Has a tv show ever gotten better after moving to another network?

24 has run it's course. It's become a shell of it's former self.

March 16 2010 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mdisloki

Southland?

March 16 2010 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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