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.
24 without Jack Bauer, who was the genius at @FOXTV that come up with this shit. What's next House without House.
— Peter Grilj (@Pjero) January 15, 2016
One cannot call a show #24 and not feature Jack Bauer…Just call it 7 and be done with it.
— John Stanley (@johnmstanley) January 15, 2016
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?