#TCA16: No Jack Bauer in new “24” event series, “diverse” lead sought

Jeff Pfeiffer

FOX’s executive session this morning drove home that the network is in on event series based on successful former series on the network. Coming up soon is the 6-part revisiting of The X-Files, and it was announced that there is also a Prison Break event series in the works.

Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, also announced that FOX has greenlit a pilot for a new series set in the world of 24. However, this event series — unlike the original 24 and a previous event series, 24: Live Another Day — will not star Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, and will not feature that character at all.


24: Legacy, as this is called, features a new cast of characters, focusing on a military hero who returns home and needs the CTU’s help in thwarting a terror attack on U.S. soil.

It sounds like it could still maintain an intensity that 24 fans have come to love, and will feature the same split-screen, rapid-fire pace chronicling action over the course of a given day. But, like any change, some people on Twitter weren’t having it.


Regardless, FOX is in the process of casting the lead for 24: Legacy, and Dana Walden told a scrum of reporters following her panel that “the character was originally conceived as a diverse actor. We wanted it to be as different from Jack Bauer as possible, and that was the original thinking behind having this be a diverse lead, whether that’s African American, or a Latino actor. We’ve been really excited by some of the people we’ve been seeing throughout just our internal process.”

So, are you going to watch a 24 series with no Jack Bauer and all-new characters?

1 Comment

  1. We want keifer Sutherland back right now I don’t care about rule and order I’m so mad WHAT ahhhhhhhhh we want keifer Sutherland back right now I don’t care Oh by the way we want 24 episode on Fox now not replace them I mean it or if you don’t I going get strike AHHH that’s what I’m not happy with you moron that is the problem please fix it it was dana Walden fault

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