Production of 24 has been shut down so the show’s star and executive producer, Kiefer Sutherland, can undergo surgery related to a ruptured cyst near his kidney.
Although the cyst ruptured while he was working earlier in the week, production continued until Friday without him, reports the Los Angeles Times.
“While Kiefer Sutherland is frustrated to miss even one day of work, he and Fox decided together that it would be best to complete this minor elective procedure now as a precaution as opposed to six weeks from now when production wraps,” said his publicist Evelyn Karamanos in a statement. “He looks forward to returning to work next week.”
But nothing fells Jack Bauer for long, and bosses say production will probably resume in a week. 20th Century Fox Television also issued a statement on Sunday.
“We are temporarily suspending production of 24 while our friend and colleague Kiefer Sutherland undergoes a medical procedure,” said studio bosses. “We hope to resume production shortly and do not anticipate any disruption in the broadcast of this season’s episodes.”