A Slow Start for the Next Season of FOX's 24

Stop all the clocks, as W. H. Auden once said.

Production has once again been delayed on FOX's real time thriller 24, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Shooting was slated to begin on the seventh season of 24 on August 27 but has been pushed back until September 10 in order for the writing staff on the series to stockpile a number of scripts.

It's the second delay for 24 this season (production was originally meant to resume in late July) as the series' producers jettisoned a storyline that would have been set in Africa and have scrambled to find a new overarching plot for Jack Bauer. (What is certain, however, is that there will be no CTU this season.)

Stay tuned as this story develops, but it's not a good sign for a series to scramble like this (even when the launch date isn't until January), especially following a season that critics and viewers alike agreed was seriously lackluster.

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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionaryblog.com.