Japanese broadcasters won’t show the final season of Fox’s “24,” as planned — because its storyline involves radiation poisoning.
Executives at TV Tokyo say they’re sensitive to the storyline in light of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami in Northern Japan on March 11 — which severely damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant, unleashing large doses of radiation.
In the final (eighth) season of “24,” which ended last May, the son of a Russian terrorist becomes ill after he’s exposed to nuclear rods.
TV Tokyo will, instead, re-air the fifth season of “24.”
“With the many victims of the current disaster in Japan, and ongoing concerns about radiation leaks from the nuclear power station, TV Tokyo has decided not to show the planned final season and show season five instead,” the network said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Source: NY Post