FOX made several programming announcements Friday at the 2016 TCA Winter Press Tour:
FOX has ordered the pilot for 24: Legacy, featuring a new cast of characters (no Jack Bauer, sorry) but retaining the style and format with each episode representing one hour of a day. According to the FOX announcement, the story will “revolve around a military hero’s return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back – compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.” Stephen Hopkins will direct the pilot.
Another series getting a rebirth is Prison Break. This time FOX is returning it as an event series that will reunite original stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell reprising their roles.
Tim Curry returns to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, this time as the narrator of FOX’s two-hour event airing this fall. Curry (Criminologist/Narrator) joins previously announced cast members Laverne Cox (Dr. Frank-N-Furter), Victoria Justice (Janet), Ryan McCartan (Brad), Adam Lambert (Eddie), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff) and Staz Nair (Rocky).
Also on the TV musical front, country superstar Trisha Yearwood will play Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the two-hour live musical event The Passion. The event airs live from New Orleans on Sunday, March 20, at 8pm ET (tape-delayed PT). Recording artist Prince Royce plays the disciple Peter, and Tyler Perry is the host and narrator.
Regarding series renewals, FOX announced that Scream Queens will return for Season 2, this time set in a hospital, “where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation.” The cast is to be announced.
Surprising no one, FOX has renewed Empire for Season 3. The series has its Season 2 spring premiere on Wednesday, March 30, at 9pm ET/PT.