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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: '24' to conclude this season

LOS ANGELES -- The drama ''24'' won't be ticking much longer on TV.

Fox announced Friday that its action-packed real-time show starring Kiefer Sutherland as anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer will wind down at the end of its current eighth season May 24.

Sutherland said in a statement that the show's cast and crew ''always wanted '24' to finish on a high note, so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon.'' He also said he was looking forward to creating a film version of ''24.''

The show has received 68 Emmy nominations, winning for outstanding drama series and for Sutherland as lead drama actor in 2006.

Jersey judge refuses to block 'Shore' episodes

TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- A New Jersey judge has again denied a request to block the release of episodes of the MTV reality series ''Jersey Shore.''

State Superior Court Judge Joseph Foster rejected the request of three people who said their reputations will be damaged because they're shown fighting with cast members.

An attorney for the three complained after a published report said MTV planned a global release of the series, which focuses on the escapades of eight 20-something Italian-Americans at a shore house.

Last month the judge denied a man's request to block the DVD release of the show's first season. The man said he was beaten during an episode.

The other two litigants are a police officer fired after an episode showed him in a fight with cast members and the officer's wife.

Former Kimbell Art Museum director dies

DALLAS -- Edmund Pillsbury, who was director of Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum for 18 years, has died. He was 66.

Dallas' Heritage Auction Galleries announced Friday that Pillsbury died a day earlier of an apparent heart attack while returning from lunch with a consigner. Pillsbury had worked for Heritage for about five years.

The Kimbell said works by Caravaggio and Diego Velazquez were acquired during Pillsbury's tenure, among many others.