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2010: The Clock Stops Ticking on Fox's '24'
May 24, 2012  | By Christy Slewinski
 
On this day in 2010, the clock stopped ticking for 24, the Fox actioner that starred Kiefer Sutherland as a Counter Terrorist Unit agent charged with stopping terrorist activity.

Each of the show's eight seasons covered a 24-hour span in the life of Sutherland's character, Jack Bauer. And each one-hour episode represented one hour of actual time — which was counted down in a clock at the bottom of the screen. All in all, there were 192 episodes of 24 produced, with 24 episodes in each season. In addition, a made-for-TV movie, Redemption, was produced, and aired between seasons six and seven.

Over the course of the series, Bauer jumped from one action-packed adventure to another. He thwarted assassination plots, prevented a nuclear bombs from detonating, infiltrated a Mexican drug cartel to gain possession of a deadly virus, rescued a kidnapped government official, uncovered govenment conspiracies, investigated cyber attacks and more. He was also falsely accused of murder, was wrongly implicated in the death of a Chinese dignitary and became a government scapegoat.

Although the series has ended, the 24 franchise is destined to live on. Back in 2011, 24 executive producer Howard Gordon told TVWW's David Bianculli that a 24 feature film was in the works, and during a March 15, 2012 Tonight Show appearance, Sutherland confirmed that the film is still in progress:

 
 
 
 
 
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