The next round of 24 has been coming together over at Fox for several months now. While the last Jack Bauer series did really well for Fox, the new series has been moving forward without Kiefer Sutherland as a lead. In fact, it’s more of a reboot than a new season of 24, with a brand new cast and somewhat different premise. However, the changes haven’t deterred Fox, as the network announced this morning that 24: Legacy is absolutely heading to series. In addition another new drama called Star has also been added to the lineup.
Per Fox, the upcoming 24: Legacy will follow characters played by Sons of Anarchy’s Jimmy Smits, Homeland’s Miranda Otto and Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins, who were previously announced. The basic formatting of 24: Legacy will be consistent with 24 in that an urgent security matter will unfold and our new heroes will have to figure out a way to stop an attack on American soil. The real-time format will also stay the same. New characters with new backstories will change things somewhat, of course.
Currently, Fox is staying mum about how many episodes 24: Legacy will produce. Most of 24’s original seasons were 24 episodes. However, when 24: Live Another Day came around, Fox only signed on for 12 episodes. It looks as if Legacy won’t hit the schedule until fall or later (Live Another Day was a summer event), so it’s possible we could get a full episode order for the new series. We’ll let you know how the reboot shakes out and where it will land on the network’s schedule.
Between Empire, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Vinyl and the upcoming Cameron Crowe venture Roadies, you would think that network TV would be pretty saturated with shows about the music biz at this point. However, although Fox is the home of Empire, the network will also add Star to the lineup for the 2016-2017 season. The drama will star Benjamin Bratt, Queen Latifah and three newcomes to the music business. Original music will also be a part of the drama. I’m assuming it is coming together as a schedule companion to Empire next season. But we’ll let you know as soon as that’s confirmed.
It’s hard to know what to expect from Star given it’s a brand new series, but it’s equally hard not to have some sort of expectations about a 24 reboot. Kiefer Sutherland has made some statements recently about how Bauer is still out there, leading us to believe he might pop in for a guest appearance on the reboot at some point, should it prove to be successful. So, I guess I’m going to wait and see where the drama lands in the schedule and give it a shot from there.
While we won’t see any of Fox’s new programming until at least this fall, you can see what the network has coming up with our summer TV premiere schedule.