If Fox cancels 24, it could move to NBC

The clock may be running out for 24 at Fox, but there's a new rumor that beleaguered NBC is considering picking it up for a ninth day, uh, season.

That's what Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello reports:

Multiple sources confirm to me exclusively that 20th Century Fox has approached NBC about picking up the series should Fox opt to cancel it—and the Peacock is considering it. "There's definitely some interest," says an insider close to the talks. ...

A move to NBC—while still considered somewhat of a long shot given the hefty price tag—would likely delay 20th's plans to launch a Jack Bauer film franchise.

Earlier this week, Variety speculated that other networks would be unlikely to pick up the show because of its dwindling ratings and rising production costs.

But 24 on NBC? Would you still tune in?

(And, yes, we think 24 really is sci-fi.)

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