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Time almost ran out for ’24’s Bauer

Show's producers mulled killing off character

Jack Bauer nearly bought the farm.

At the Monte Carlo TV fest last week, Jon Cassar, a producer of Fox’s “24,” let drop that the action hero’s demise had been heavily deliberated as a likely ending to the series, which is now set to go into its seventh edition.

What saved Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland, was Fox’s plans for a bigscreen version. Once those ramped up, there was no question that the clock-defying man of action would return.