Here it is, fans of 24: the bad news we've all dreaded to hear but kinda knew was coming. Fox has issued a statement explaining that Season 8 will conclude 24's run on tv.
Kiefer Sutherland: “This has been the role of a lifetime, and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible. While the end of the series is bittersweet, we always wanted 24 to finish on a high note, so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon. This feels like the culmination of all our efforts from the writers to the actors to our fantastic crew and everyone at Fox. Looking ahead to the future, I'm excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of 24. But when all is said and done, it is the loyal worldwide fan base that made it possible for me to have the experience of playing the role of Jack Bauer, and for that I am eternally grateful.”
Plans for a feature film are being explored, with shooting to start late in 2010 or early 2011.
*sob* So enjoy every minute of this last-ever season...then spend the next decade wearing out your 24 DVDs!