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Let's face it - 24 simply ain't what it used to be. Granted, living up to last season's benchmark was a near-impossible feat, but still... this season has been lambasted by many for being highly derivative of "days" gone by and even harder to believe than expected. Addressing the backlash, executive producer Howard Gordon tells the Los Angeles Times, "It hurts to hear the criticism," then goes on to say that such words which haven't killed Jack Bauer will only make him stronger next time around. "It's been a challenging season to write... but it's reinvigorated our determination to reinvent the show," says Gordon. "This year could be... the last iteration of its current state."

What sort of "reinvention" does Gordon have in mind? "I've got a couple of ideas, none of which I could even begin to share responsibly," he says. "[But] it won't be a musical." So much for ever hearing "It Had to Be CTU (Bauer's Ballad)."

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