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Citing Script Problems,
24 To Take 24-Day Hiatus!!

Published at: Sept. 6, 2008, 8:29 p.m. CST by hercules

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Entertainment Weekly reports that “24” is shutting down production for more than three weeks because showrunner Howard Gordon isn’t happy with the scripting for the last six hours of Jack Bauer’s day. The plan, which will not delay the airing of any season-7 episodes, is to toss out the script for 7.19 and take the season into a more promising direction. "The only, only, only concern at all is getting it right," Gordon tells EW. "Our feeling was this: We're so happy with what we've done so far, and to the extent that we had that luxury [of time], we said, 'Why not make it as good as we could?'" Following a 19-month layoff, new episodes of “24” return to Fox in January. Real all of EW’s story on the matter here.

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  • Sept. 6, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST

    First?

    by anyrandomhero

    woop!

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    My Life Is Now Sadly Complete!

    by anyrandomhero

    Oh and I'm gay for Tony

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 8:29 p.m. CST

    anyrandomhero, I am happy for you - congratulations

    by jim

    It's all downhill from here!<p>Looking forward to 24. I wonder how bad the last 6 episodes were.

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Third

    by richjb77

    I just hope they get 24 right. It hasn't been on TV in a very long time. A bad script or season could mean the end of the series

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 8:32 p.m. CST

    C'mon Jack, get your sack in order.

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 8:41 p.m. CST

    a penultimate season?

    by nalapou

    penultimate means "second last" so that makes no sense. But yes, this season should be very, very good. Not that improving on season 6 would be hard. Improving 24 to Lost/BSG/Shield/Dexter quality will be difficult, but based on their Emmy winning season 5, definitely not impossible. Here's hoping this is the right decision!!

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST

    When has a bad script stopped them before?

    by tonagan

    There have been some clunkers.

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    tonagan

    by neglekted

    You couldn't by any chance mean last season's "rain man" episode? Or any of a number of red herrings before and since?

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Should have done this last year....I miss the "Bayruuuus" Days

    by Jugdish

    Its been bad since Bayruuuuuuuuuss. Hope they get what we've been looking for

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST

    damn

    by imascooby1985

    The series doesnt start until January and they are already working on episode 19?

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST

    The introduction of the 5th new baddie

    by jimbojones123

    was't working. They expected 7 game changers this year. 6 wasn't enough.

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 9:20 p.m. CST

    After this much down-time....?

    by Aloy

    No offense but you'd think they'd have next season's storylines locked up by now, and they're still struggling with this season's?

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 9:36 p.m. CST

    A bad ending? If only they delayed S6...

    by PirateEmery

    The end of S6 is by far the worst several hours of my tv-viewing life.

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 10 p.m. CST

    They needed to write in more moles in CTU!

    by Pennsy

    Or something. But Aloy took the words right outta my mouth. A year and a half on the sidelines, and they need to shut down for that?

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Can't help but wonder if it's a political thing...

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    I can't help but wonder if they are wanting to adjust the last six hours because of the evolving events in this year's Presidential election.

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 10:21 p.m. CST

    What have they been doing with their time?

    by jccalhoun

    I'm always amazed at the current production climate of Hollywood. They've had 19 months (minus the strike) and they still can't get their scripts written by now? What have they been doing with their time?

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    jccalhoun: this is Hollywood we're talking about here...

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    Answer: Probably just jacking around. Creative types aren't necessarily the most reliable of people. In Hollywood, you have a city full of these kinds of people.

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST

    DAMMIT!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 10:46 p.m. CST

    WTF??? "Why not make it as good as we could?"

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Earth to clueless and apparently talentless 24 Producers: you will have had a 19-month period to have gotten it right! Why not make it as good as you can? Gee, I was sort of expecting you would since THAT'S YOUR FUCKING JOB. For crying out loud, how hard is it to sit around a room and come up with 24 action episodes and cliffhangers? If you are still trying to get it right, then you SERIOUSLY need to think about bringing newer, fresher blood into the writing and producing staff.<p>Man, I really have my fingers crossed that they don't screw this up. Last year sucked beyond all belief. It was the first season I didn't buy on DVD, and that's saying a lot since it's already on mark-down at Costco and I still couldn't see dropping a simple 20 bucks on it...

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST

    *waits for The Ender Smites Foes to drop by*

    by Pennsy

    And drop multiple non-friendly FCC words and phrases, maybe. ;)

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 11:38 p.m. CST

    c'mon guys...

    by digitalcos

    Seriously, in their defense, all the time in the world to write something doesn't mean you know what it's going to be like once cameras roll. What may have seemed great on the page may not be so great on the day.<p>Besides, saying they had all this time means it should be better than anything else on TV is a weak argument. If that were true shouldn't every first season show be the best thing on TV? I mean, they had all the time in the world to write it right?<p>If they've got the opportunity to make it better though, I say take it.<p>That said, this shit had better be good. After the dissapointment of last season and this long-ass hiatus this show's got some serious rebuilding to do.

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Please...

    by CrazyJoeDavola

    no more cougars.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Love this show

    by otm shank

    But more time does not mean better product. Indy IV anyone?

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Ashok0, "Penultimate" is...

    by FarSky

    ...is "second to *last*," not "second to *none*."

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 1:50 a.m. CST

    I have been a fan of 24 since day 1 but,...

    by Madbomber

    for fuck's sake, the writers need to plan something out for a change. Even S2, which I think strikes the best balance between excitement and plausibility, still showed us how Kim could meet a cougar and then get weirded out by Johnny Drama. For a show that gets a lot of credit (much of it deserved) for reviving the interest in serialized TV, it is embarrassing how it was beat at its own game by BSG, Lost, and others because the writers for the other shows bothered to map out their arcs more than a few eps in advance. Granted, the final five arc in BSG only came about well into the show's run, but even that show's level of story-planning puts 24's to shame. Let's hope 24 can get back on its feat this year and go out like a champ since IIRC this is the last season the show is under contract for.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 2:02 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't mind more Cougars...

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Well, assuming we're talking about smoking hot MILFs.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 3 a.m. CST

    Translated

    by The McPoyle Clan

    The big "Spin-the-wheel-for-a-24-Plot" (kinda like the ones on "Wheel of Fortune" or "Price is Right") broke, and needs to wait for professional repair. The wheel apparently spun a bearing and fell off the spindle onto the floor, and the pie pieces scattered all over on the floor. The writers apparently had trouble putting them back on in the proper order, even though there are only three discrete variations of pieces. It could have been much worse; they spin the wheel so fast and hard, it buzzed across the room, but it only took out a PA. He's expected to survive.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Even they are admitting... our endings fucking suck

    by V'Shael

    Took them long enough to realise that.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Prison Break > 24

    by smellmycheese

    A whole year off and they're still struggling to make 24 great once more. I'm tired with the uninspired use of the great format, I'm tired with the 2 dimensional characters and their bickering, I'm tired with SWAT teams bursting into buildings and I'm tired of the suspect-of-the-week always getting killed right before he's about to spill the beans just so the writers can drag us into another tedious episode of insipid scripting and direction-less set pieces. 24? Yawn.<br><br>Prison Break, on the other hand, has done something after it's amazing (as good as 24 season 1) first season by actually building on it's own story, introducing new characters who are different from the ones who were killed last season and tweaking the format so it's still fresh, interesting and exciting. I didn't have much hope for it's fourth season but it kicked off with a complete change of direction and I'm still gripped by the action. However convoluted it may be (and no more so than 24) it's still at least watchable and fun.<br><br>I'm afraid 24 has become stale and superseded by it's younger cousin.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Pausing to get it right

    by PhilipMarlowe

    I wish more film and televison writers had the clout to be able to follow this practice.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 5:24 a.m. CST

    are David Fury and Manny Coto still writing this?

    by newc0253

    i'd expected 24 to get better when they joined, instead Season 6 was the worst season yet.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    24

    by NudeandAroused

    Maybe 24 should go. I mean Tony will be the bad guy? Really? This was a strong show when it started. It peaked with Logan and the death of Palmer. Perhaps the show should go.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Penultimate Post!

    by I Hope You Die

    Hopefully they're throwing out the roles played by Jack's evil aunts and uncles.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    It could be the worst episode of TV-history, but...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...as long as Chloe dies I will be one lucky man anyway.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Bad 24

    by kwisatzhaderach

    is still better than most TV.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Prison Break's season 4 premiere was HORRIBLE

    by BigTuna

    It's like the A-Team now.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST

    They need to find a way to work the cougar in

    by malificus

    It teams up with the Soul Patch and a fishy-smelling Dennis Hopper to bring the show to its final, shakey knees. Enough already, somebody hand me a wooden stake, will you?

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Not Promising...

    by _Maltheus_

    ...if they're still trying to make the season presentable after all this time. In essence, they're saying that it's not even as good as season 6 yet. Any writer who can't pull their weight after that stupid strike should be shitcanned as soon as possible to make way for some fresh blood. I don't want TV to end up the wasteland that movies have become.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST

    I liked the Prison Break premiere.

    by Zarles

    What the hell do you have against the A-Team? Would you prefer to see them just breaking in and/or out of yet another prison again?

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 7:22 p.m. CST

    The Prison Break writers are so dumb

    by rosasaks

    They're ripping off season five of the A Team. You know, the one where they're working for the government and the show gets cancelled. They've even stolen the Frankie character for no discernible reason. And that stuff with T Bag in the desert was embarrassing. In fact, the script in general looked like it had been written by an eager teenager. Basically the entire cast are now stuck in the horrid horrid B plot from season one that everybody hated but which they've now resurrected because they've got nothing else. Perhaps they can bring back Robin Tunney from the dead next and pretend she's still locked in that house. And maybe T Bag can just grow a new hand.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    months

    by rosasaks

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    This show's been on hiatus for as long as Sarah Palin has been governor of Alaska.

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    24: Redemption is not as cool a title as 24: Exile

    by TallBoy66

    you could think that the title "redemption" is some sort of meta-reference to 24 being better after season 6, and also having something to do with Jack getting better after being in the dark... but Exile just sounded cooler.

  • Sept. 8, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Story arc

    by smellmycheese

    Actually I think the re-introduction of the season 1 "Company" story arc was one of the highlights of the S4 premiere. True, in S1 it seemed to detract from the Fox River events but it's now pulling these threads together into an actual story arc. I think the main problem with 24 is that it never really follows through from one season to the next. Same shit, different year. At least PB is building on what has come before. 24 just repackages it.

  • Sept. 8, 2008, 5:12 a.m. CST

    The 24 writers spent the last year creating Sarah Palin.

    by rosasaks

  • Sept. 8, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    No Love for prison break at aintitcool

    by lostbat

    Prison break is ok!! New season different story. Great how they killed off some main players in the first episode. Very refreshing.. True, the story line is completely bogus. But it is like a tv-comic and it IS entertaining and surprising.....