24 Completely Overhauls Season

TV Guide reports that executives at the Fox hit have scrapped virtually their entire story line for the upcoming seventh season of “24,” delaying the start of production by roughly three weeks.

According to sources, the network cancelled costly plans to shoot a number of episodes in Africa. Producers toyed with the idea of finding a Los Angeles location to sub for the continent, but ultimately decided to ditch the whole concept and start over.

Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub learned only last week that her character of Chloe would be returning, telling the mag – “I don’t know what’s going on over there, but they’re going crazy… We usually start [back up] at the end of July, and I don’t think we’re starting until a couple of weeks into August now.”

The move comes after the show’s sixth season, which took a dive in both ratings and acclaim from the previous Emmy-winning year.