TV Junkie: '24' No Mo; Final Season of 'Saving Grace' Premieres; E!'s 'Save One Show' is Back
On Friday FOX announced that it was canceling Kiefer Sutherland's "24" meaning it's last episode will air on May 24th - talk about serendipity.The demise of the show is no great surprise to us as the series has begun to feel a bit formulaic over the last couple seasons(c'mon, another mole?!). In its 8th season, Sutherland's Jack Bauer is saving the world from an undisclosed location in New York City. A huge opportunity was lost by not filming the series in New York. We understand that it's probably an expensive place to shoot but perhaps some gritty on-location action would have rejuvenated the series.
We understand that "24" isn't everybody's cup of tea but to deny that the series didn't grip America's attention for several seasons would be untruthful. Torture by the US government was brought to TV screens every week and the series was, ironically and chillingly, a favorite of the Bush Administration. Plenty of unforgettable characters were introduced and we don't think we'll ever forget the ringtone of CTU's phones. 68 Emmy noms and 2 wins later, the show will be ending and Kiefer Sutherland is talking about a "24" movie being brought to the big screen.
Tell us: When did "24" lose it's luster?
On another note of finality: Tonight the final season of Holly Hunter's "Saving Grace" (TNT @ 10pm) begins. This is a show that has had plenty of spectacular performances from Holly Hunter, and in particular, Kenny Johnson, but we're not sure what exactly about the show didn't gel with viewers. The much more sedate and pedestrian "The Closer" has been much more popular among TNT's audience - did "Saving Grace" go too far or not far enough? We will definitely take advantage of the chance to enjoy this great cast for one more season.
If you have a show that you want to save from cancellation, we suggest you hit up E!'s "Save One Show" website where polling begins today. In the past E!'s "Save One Show" campaign has extended the broadcast lives of "Felicity", "Veronica Mars", "Angel" and "One Tree Hill" (to name a few).
Last week Dennis Hopper finally got his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame and The Hollywood Reporter has a nice but concise interview with him.
Monday night's are getting pretty stacked now - thank goodness shows like "Damages", "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations", etc. are repeated throughout the night. For late late night, we will be checking out our friend Joel McHale ("Community", "The Soup") on Craig Ferguson's show.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Attack of the Show" (Snoop!), "Chuck", "24", "Nurse Jackie", "Unites States of Tara", "The Daily Show" (Ben Stiller), Letterman (Robin Williams), Ferguson (Joel McHale!)