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Should Jack Bauer — and Scrubs — Keep Coming Back?


Jack is (officially) back! Kiefer Sutherland said he's totally on board for an eighth season of 24, which is supposed to start shooting in May. Sutherland likened 24 to a girlfriend that had been really good to him and said he'd continue to play Jack Bauer as long as the writers keep the character alive.

24's seventh season sure took a while to get off the ground, but once it started, it got a pretty positive initial reaction and has held fairly steady in the ratings. But few shows this year see an eighth season. Is there enough going on in 24 to keep it fresh for another season-long "day"?

It's interesting to consider that alongside what's happening with Scrubs. The show's current season is widely presumed to be its last, but there's a new report that ABC's entertainment president would be happy to bring the show back for a ninth season — if Zach Braff agreed to do a handful of episodes. It might seem like a long shot, but Braff did say he'd like to come back to Scrubs even if he wasn't a full-time cast member anymore.

Now, if ABC is serious, they might want to move fast, since Donald Faison and John C. McGinley have landed roles in new pilots and creator Bill Lawrence is keeping himself busy working with Courteney Cox on Cougar Town. But this rumor raises a bigger question for me: Would we even want a ninth season of Scrubs or an eighth of 24? Is there a time that shows should just move over and make room for the next new thing?

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