All-New ’24: Legacy’ Pilot Ordered By Fox

By January 15, 2016

One of the best and most adrenaline pumping shows of the 2000s is coming back to television. Fox’s hit series, 24, looks to be making comeback in 2016 with an all new series. Today at the TCA 2016 Winter Press Tour, Fox announced they have ordered a pilot for a potential new series 24: Legacy. While 24 may be returning to television this all new series won’t be starring Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer.

Well, that’s kind of a bummer.

Even though this new series won’t be staring our favorite television action hero that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to get excited about. 2014s 12-epsisode limited series 24: Live Another Day was solid return to form for the series after being off the air since 2010. It was well received by both critics and fans alike and it also ratcheted up the intensity by containing the series to only 12 episodes instead of 24. It let us all know that this property has still got it.

This series will have an all-new cast and characters. It will take place after the events of 24: Live Another Day so it will take place in the same universe where Jack Bauer kicked so much ass. Fox Television Chairman and CEO Dana Walden revealed exactly what fans should expect in 24: Legacy at the Press Tour.

“It’s a new CTU, a new cast of characters. It’s a completely different story in terms of the special ops groups that we’re focusing on. It’s a very contemporary-feeling story about the potential to activate new sleeper cells in the United States and radicalizing Americans. It’s a whole new story. There are nods in the pilot to prior CTU agents, there are a couple photos that will feel reminiscent of the original, but no ongoing [returning] characters.”

EW is also reporting that producers are currently seeking and African-American actor to star as the lead character named Eric Carter. Carter will be a military hero who returns to the U.S. who just maybe bringing a little trouble back with him that may just present what could be largest-scale terror attacks on American soil. After everything that Bauer dealt with over 8 season I’m curious to see what could top the threats he dealt with.

By bringing in a completely new cast and developing new characters the producers are looking to provide a fresh look at the franchise creating something that while a part of the 24 universe is something completely new and different. Walden and Fox CEO Gary Newman discussed their desire to make 24: Legacy set this a part from Bauer’s 24.

“We wanted [the star] to be as different from Jack Bauer as possible, whether that’s an African-American or a Latino actor. As envisioned, the lead character would be diverse, so that will be our first effort in casting. As always, we’re going to cast the best actor we can find for the role. As you can imagine, bringing 24 back, we want to really try to create some distinction and make this feel different than Jack Bauer’s 24, so having a diverse actor in that lead role I think would be helpful in doing that.”

It also looks like this may not be a one man show with Carter as was 24 was with Sutherland’s Bauer. Walden also shared that there will be a female co-lead in 24-Legacy.

“There’s also a female co-lead who is a former head of CTU. It doesn’t feel like it is fully replicating the original in terms of how much Jack Bauer carried by himself, but it’s a very prominently featured lead.”

It will be cool to see a pair of agents working together to stop the threat instead of it always being one man against the world (even though Bauer was more than capable). This should provide an interesting dynamic to have a co-lead. Not that Bauer was never alone. For many years, Chloe was close to his side. There was also Tony for many years. He even had a partner in Season 3 and then Yvonne Strahovki’s Kate Morgan in 24: Live Another Day. But so often those characters would pop in and out of Jack’s day and he was left to much of the heavy lifting on his own which also led to a lot of secrets being kept. While it increased the tension and drama and is inevitable in a series like it was also frustrating at times. I’m hoping these co-leads will work in cohesion with each providing more a true partner dynamic.

This new series would be a 12-episode arc, 24: Live Another Day, instead of the 24 episode arc of 24’s first 8 seasons. I like this decision. Audiences nowadays are geared more towards the shorter seasons (especially with the growth of binge watching). 24 episodes of a show is a daunting task and in a show like 24 can be infuriating at times. With 24’s frantic pace it could often be exhausting to watch and you would inevitably get the string of episodes or ones here or there where nothing much happened as it was prepping you for the next big action piece or twist. Also, with a 12-episode arc you hit the reach the main points of the story much quicker and things are resolved much sooner. You don’t have to worry about it getting drawn out for numerous episodes to just take up time. We’ll still get the real time storytelling and feel (which wasn’t stretched at all in the original run of the series…) keeping the stakes high and hopefully on the edge of our seats.

I’m thrilled that we are getting more 24 as I absolutely adored the series (especially the first 5 season). That was some exciting television and it gave us one of the best action heroes not just on TV, but in any medium. I’m excited to see where this new series takes us and if it can carry on the 24 legacy (HA!) while still making it its own.

The pilot for 24: Legacy begins filming this winter.

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Christopher Skalicky
Chris, a film and television junkie, grew up on Star Wars, all things Disney, Stargate SG-1 and a healthy dose of John Wayne. When not thinking about movies he is busy being an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He will also argue that Surf Ninjas is the greatest movie about surfing ninjas ever made. Tweet him at @Schlick51