"24" is an interesting case study for American television. It came during a time of increased paranoia of terrorism, and a real gung-ho attitude among the general populous. Revisiting that series with a modern lens is definitely a cool experience, as it is very much a time capsule of a certain era, and while the recent 12-episode season, "24: Live Another Day" did a fairly solid job of updating the premise for a modern audience, in my mind, it could never shake its early-2000s roots.
With that in mind, it makes sense that Fox is looking to reboot this series from the ground up. While at the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Fox announced that they will in fact be producing a pilot to a sequel series entitled "24: Legacy."
With any announcement like this, there are bound to be plenty of questions. Fox confirmed that this series will retain the real-time gimmick that has been the staple of the series since day one, so you can look forward to that. Unfortunately, in an attempt to refresh the series, it looks like Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer, who has led the series since the very beginning, will be absent from this incarnation, for better or worse.
The story will revolve around a soldier's return to the U.S., and the trouble he brings with him. He then turns to the CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) to help save him and America from another impending terrorist threat.
Check out the press release from Fox below:
"FOX has ordered the pilot '24: LEGACY,' a potential new series installment of the groundbreaking and Emmy Award-winning drama franchise most recently revived as the event series '24: Live Another Day,' it was announced today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group."
"Howard Gordon ('Homeland,' '24'), Manny Coto ('24') and Evan Katz ('24') will serve as executive producers. The project will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and Gordon’s Teakwood Lane Productions."
"The pilot will feature an all-new cast of characters and retain the real-time, pulse-pounding, fast-paced format with split screens and complex interweaving storylines, with each episode representing one hour of an eventful day."
"The project 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."
"Originally premiering on November 6, 2001, '24' was nominated for a total of 73 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Over eight seasons, Kiefer Sutherland garnered seven Emmy Award nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series. While the series gained global recognition, Sutherland’s portrayal of the legendary character penetrated the American psyche like no other dramatic television character to become part of the cultural lexicon."
"The most recent chapter in the franchise, '24: Live Another Day,' was a 12-episode event series that premiered in the summer of 2014 on FOX, reuniting series stars Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver and William Devane. The series was both a critical and ratings hit, garnering three Emmy Awards."
Are you looking forward to "24: Legacy," even if it will be missing Jack Bauer? Let us know your thoughts down below!