In case you missed it, CNN is reporting that the seventh season of 24 will not return until 2009. In the story, CNN notes that 24 would end during the summer if it started its run late. (Traditionally, networks won't air their top-tier shows in the summer.) Here's how Fox summarized their decision making process, from the story:
A January 2009 start seemed the best way to comply with viewers' wishes that a season's episodes run without interruption to conclusion, Fox said on Thursday.
Ummm, no. The best way to comply with viewers' wishes would be to start production, begin airing the show whenever it's ready, and then air it in consecutive weeks until it's done. The best way to comply with the network's wishes, however, would be to make the decision they made. Idiots.