Fox Cancels 24: Legacy
24 Legacy won't be back to live another day as Fox has cancelled the reboot of the real-time (ish) action series.
Starring The Walking Dead's Corey Hawkins as Eric Carter, Legacy introduced us to a crop of new characters working within CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit), but kept the real-time format. Despite getting off to a solid start with more than seventeen million people tuning in to watch the pilot, the sizable audience numbers dropped dramatically over the course of its twelve episode run. By the time the finale aired, only three and a half million viewers were still watching. It's worth noting that the massive launch for the series was boosted by having the Super Bowl as a lead-in.
Although the ticking clock won't be reset for Eric Carter, Fox is already in the early stages of developing a new 24 spin-off. Producer Howard Gordon is reportedly toying with the idea of turning 24 into an anthology series and each season would introduce a new set of characters.
Many fans were disappointed that Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer didn't make an appearance on Legacy. Personally, I think it was a good idea to distance the reboot from the Bauer era of 24, as the spin-off had to stand on its own feet. That said, I did love seeing Carlos Bernard back as Tony Almeida after he was unceremoniously left out of the event series Live Another Day.
Sutherland is unlikely to be interested in returning to 24 anytime soon, his new show (Designated Survivor) was renewed for a second season earlier this year. Aside from his commitments to his new series, Sutherland has been vocal that he has no desire to reprise Jack Bauer. Naturally, in TV land, you never say never, but as there's no active 24 show right now, Sutherland's involvement is a conversation for future us.