Update Friday 5:20pm PT: Fox confirms this is the last season of 24.
Update: and now Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe) has tweeted that this is 24's last season.
Is this season the end, at least in terms of a regular series for Jack Bauer and 24? Yes, it appears it is. Still no official word from the network, but look for that by Monday if not sooner.
If you're a tea leaf reader, 24 is done, NBC passed, and FOX won't be renewing it. First comes a story from the New York Times' Brian Stelter that says time is running out for Jack Bauer:
For Fox, the show’s trademark clock is about to stop ticking. Nearly a decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that so heavily influenced people’s perceptions of the show, Fox is planning to cancel it. The current season, its eighth, will be its last.
Then there's a tweet from Jon Cassar who worked on the show for the first 7 seasons:
Jon Cassar who worked on 24 for days 6 and 7 as a producer and on the series much longer in other capacities tweets that the news from the set is the show has been canceled. For anyone who can't see the above image, the text reads:
News from the 24 set,the crew has been told that 24 has come to an end. There will b no season 9. Its been a great run, thanx all 4 watching