Dan Snierson
November 07, 2007 AT 12:00 PM EST

Even the mighty Jack Bauer is no match for a WGA strike: Fox has decided to postpone the previously scheduled January 13 debut of 24‘s seventh season so Kiefer Sutherland’s alter ego will not be left hanging indefinitely in the middle of some world-saving story line. The series will finish shooting through episode 8 before shutting down production later this month, and it will likely be rescheduled at a time when this season’s episodes can be seen in consecutive weeks.

To fill the void left by 24, Fox has scheduled the premiere of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles for Jan. 13 and 14.  Prison Break, which was scheduled to go off the air in December and return in April, will now get an early hiatus, following the Nov. 12 episode; the show will resume Jan. 14. American Idol will also return Jan. 15 and 16 with a two-night, four-hour debut.

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