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Fox's '24' to Take Filming Break

The clock is stopping on "24."

Unhappy with the direction of some season-seven scripts, producers of the Fox drama have opted to shut down production of the show on Sept. 15, right after episode 18 wraps filming. Production is expected to resume in early October after a roughly three-week break.

A representative for 20th Century Fox TV, which produces "24," confirmed the upcoming hiatus, which was first reported in a story posted on the Web site of Entertainment Weekly.

Because the next season of "24" won't open until January, and production is far ahead of normal due to the writers strike, Fox still will be able to air a no-repeat season of the show as planned.

Executive producer Howard Gordon told Entertainment Weekly there's no reason for fans to worry about the reasons for the shutdown.

"We had a couple of scripts that we weren't happy with," he told the magazine. "We just couldn't get this direction to work, and we found another one that we liked better, so we wound up retooling it. ... Our feeling was this: We're so happy with what we've done so far, and to the extent that we had that luxury [of time], we said, 'Why not make it as good as we could?'"

Fox is still planning to air a two-hour stand-alone "24" movie in November.

(Editor: Baumann)