’24’ production shuts down

Show's direction to be reconsidered

The clock’s been stopped once again on “24.”

Production will shut down for more than two weeks on the show as of Sept. 15, 20th Century Fox TV confirmed late Friday.

Decision to take a breather came after exec producer Howard Gordon expressed displeasure with the direction of the season’s final six episodes.

The show’s creatives will take the time off to rethink its ultimate direction and rewrite scripts; 20th said production should resume by Oct. 9.

Kiefer Sutherland and company have the luxury of going dark because the show is already far ahead of schedule, the studio said. That’s because the studio and network decided to preempt “24” last year and push its seventh season to January.

It’s been a bumpy seventh season for “24,” which first delayed production last year after scrapping plans to film in Africa. Production was halted again later that year to give the staff time to reinvent the seasonlong plot — and then the writers strike hit.

Eight episodes had already been produced when the WGA strike put a halt to the season, and the decision was made to push the season a year. That gave scribes a jump on this year — and an opportunity to rethink the season’s storylines.

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