Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
I think it was just a matter of seven seasons being enough episodes to syndicate. GR didn't have anything to do with it. Once the 'tipping point' of seven seasons was reached, it was simply more cost effective to end the show and syndicate the existing episodes.
TNG had enough episodes to syndicate (or re-syndicate) by the end of season 5.
As for 24, maybe you all are watching a different show than me but it's been pretty largely creatively bankrupt for years
proved they could tell a shortened story in semi-feature format. It only makes sense that given the tropes of the series now being done and re-done to death that they'd go for a bigger-scale production for Jack Bauer.