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March 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

After eight “days,” time has run out for 24. Confirming widespread rumors, the producers of the Fox drama, regarded as one of the most expensive to produce (the Hollywood Reporter, citing unnamed sources, said that Fox paid its corporate sibling 20th TV $5 million per episode this season), announced that the series will air its final episode on May 24 and that there are no current plans to revive it on another network. In an interview with today’s (Monday) USA Today, star Kiefer Sutherland said that the writers of the series had simply burned out. “The more you do it, the more you paint yourself into a corner,” he said, “and I think, ‘How many times have I played the same moment over and over?'” Executive producer Howard Gordon added that while the real-time concept helped propel the action, “it was very restrictive.” He said that a feature-film version of the series is in the works and that a first draft has been written by Billy Ray, who converted the six-part British TV series State of Play into a movie starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams last year.