"24" Clock Stopped Again
The production on the 7th season of FOX's clock-ticking thriller "24," scheduled to begin on August 27, has been halted again and delayed until September 10. This is the second delay in production after FOX nixed the producers' plans to set the next season of the award-winning series in Africa.
As Hollywood press reports, the show star Kiefer Sutherland (pictured above, middle) was to report to duty on Monday in two weeks, but the writers have not been able to put out enough scripts for the new season-long plot. Originally, they were supposed to start production in late July.
"24" completed its heavily-criticized and lower-rated sixth season in May. The producers vowed to give their show a major overhaul for the 7th season and announced they would be taking Jack Bauer (Sutherland) out of the CTU premises in LA and putting him into a new location.
FOX however nixed their plans to set the new season in Africa. Since the show of "24" caliber would never film scenes there are supposed to take place in Africa in a US-based studio or exterior location, the writers had to go back to the drawing board in July and come up with a new plot.
The observers fear that the heart-pounding show that peaked in its amazing Emmy Award-winning 5th season before descending in both ratings and quality in the lackluster 6th season, may continue its decline if the writers come up with poor scripts under strong time pressure.
Cherry Jones is so far the only actress to join the show in the 7th season as the first female US President.
The 7th season of "24" is expected to premiere in January 2008 on FOX.
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