24: Legacy Series

24 Revival: Fox Orders Pilot for New Series Featuring a New 'Jack'

Fox is officially making time for more 24, albeit sans original star Kiefer Sutherland.

The network announced on Friday that it has ordered a pilot for 24: Legacy, a potential new series that will feature an “all-new cast of characters” yet retain the “real-time, pulse-pounding, fast-paced format with split screens and complex interweaving storylines” of the original.

According to Fox, the project will center on a military hero who encounters a troubled return to the U.S., 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. I’m told the hero in question (aka the ‘new Jack Bauer’) will be African-American; casting is currently underway.

“There’s a time jump, a new organization, a completely different story,” said Fox co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena. “It’s a contemporary story about the potential to activate sleeper cells in the United States. There are nods in the pilot to prior CTU agents, but no ongoing characters.”

Behind-the-scenes 24 vets Howard Gordon, Manny Coto and Evan Katz will serve as executive producers.

The new series would span 12 episodes, similar to the recent, acclaimed limited series.

Although there was buzz that Sutherland might make a guest appearance in the new series, such stunt casting seems unlikely now that he’s attached to star in ABC’s upcoming conspiracy thriller Designated Survivor.

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  1. 24 and counting says:


  2. SUSO says:

    Too soon.

  3. BarryFlash says:


  4. Barry says:

    There is no way 24 will be the same without Kiefer Sutherland — unnless they cast Matt Damon is that role — and the chances of that are slim and none.

  5. Cool. Given that Jack’s still in a Russian gulag this is fine. Hopefully a future season can focus on his rescue.

    • Dave Beavers says:

      Yeah. Bleccch.
      24 will be an epic fail without Jack Bauer and Keifer Sutherland.

      • For years now people have requested that Tony replace Jack as lead. If that’s acceptable, why can’t a new character? I for one hope they pick up from where the short episode with Tony in prison left off.

        • Laurie Muro says:

          Who has ever said that?
          A true 24 fan would never say that To y nor anyone could replace Kiefer#

          • Frankly, the very first time I ever came across a discussion about Tony replacing Jack was around the release of the second season. People were discussing that when the day came that Sutherland didn’t want to keep making the show anymore, he should be replaced by Bernard.

      • Titan9901 says:

        I agree. Without Keifer Sutherland it’s a leap of faith that some fans won’t be prepared to take. The only other way of getting around that is in the first 30 minutes kill off Jack Bauer.

    • Jacob says:

      That’s my question ! How are they going to handle that? Current fans are going to want an answer. I like the idea of a rescue of Jack! :)

      • I think that works great for like year three or something. Ever seen Gulag, in which David Keith and Malcolm McDowell escape from a Russian Gulag? Imagine THAT, but instead of a two hour movie it can be an intricate escape that unfolds over a period of 12 hours.

        Of course, and this would be fairly obvious, with Jack in a Gulag, Fox has the perfect excuse to do a crossover with Prison Break. Send Michael and Lincoln to the Gulag and have them team up with Bauer to break free.

  6. iakovos says:

    24 reboot could work. Concept holds water no matter who is in the driver’s seat, although Kiefer Sutherland was a gift to the producers and made the original a great success. Am sure there is another handsome charismatic talented leading man in Hollywood who can take the hits.

  7. Ms Thang says:

    24 without Jack Bauer is like Avengers without Capt America. Ain’t watching.

  8. Mr. Tran K says:

    This should be the final nail in the coffin for 24.

  9. wrstlgirl says:

    Great news!! Love the concept and even though Jack Bauer will always be the heart of 24 there’s no reason why it can’t be done with another lead. Although that person does have some pretty big shoes to fill.

    • Steven says:

      They’re looking for an African American lead.

      • Chuck Edward says:

        Well his race shouldn’t matter. Keifer Sutherland’s shoes are some big ones to fill, No matter if the lead is black or white. I’m going to give it a shot simply because they are keeping Gordon as producer, who produced the first 24 iteration, and the 90’s La Femme Nikita, which was a great show. They may even keep the same writers, which means same format and everything. Sutherland made the show, but he wasn’t the only one holding it up.

  10. Annie says:

    Oh yay!! A lead of colour!! I’m excited

  11. Jake says:

    Here’s an idea TV Execs…Why don’t you fire your staff of writers and hire some people with some imagination and stop revive stuff that we have already seen.

  12. Mac says:

    Ugh, no thank you.

  13. Melisa says:

    I may give it a try I know it will probably not be as good there is truly one Jack

  14. JDH says:

    Wasn’t Yvonne Strahovski’s character supposed to be a younger Jack Bauer type?? Why not just cast her. All for equal opportunity casting… But I was already under the assumption they had a logical successor…

  15. alicat says:


  16. Kyle says:

    Whyyyy? The show is over, move on! New ideas, people!

  17. tazzy says:

    No, thank you…..

  18. Black lead, yes so sold.

  19. Boo says:

    Sorry – Kiefer/Jack Bauer IS 24. Call it something else – but don’t pass it off as 24.

    • johnnygeorgewp says:

      Boo hit the nail on the head. I’m a die-hard 24 fan too. Kiefer IS Jack Bauer. How insulting to your many fans you are trying to appease by calling it 24 and gutting the cast. How lame is creativity today?

      Call it CLOCK or SECONDS or THE DAY or ANOTHER DAY but please don’t insult our intelligence and call it 24. I thought Howard & Manny et el were smarter than that.

      Shame on you.

    • Jack4ever says:

      Totally agree! Jack Bauer IS 24. If you give it a new lead with a new cast, then Give it a new name. If touted right, execs will still capture the same Jack Bauer loving 24 market share. We will however not respond so well if they call it Santa and give us the Easter Bunny.

    • mapaix says:

      Without Bauer, it can’nt be called 24.

  20. Doris says:

    No Jack Bauer NO 24! Sorry

  21. Ross says:

    Let’s all give it a shot before dismissing it. Lord knows it can’t be worse than Heroes Reborn.

  22. Having a new 24 show without Sutherland, is like having Danny DeVito playing Mickey Rooney

  23. I am an authentic, original and “fan-for-life” of the television series 24. The essential equation is the following: NO Keifer Sutherland = No 24, Period! The new show will fail notwithstanding the participation of the original 24’s executive producers.

    • ThereAin'tButONEJackBauer says:

      AMEN!! and AMEN again!!!!! I never missed an episode of 24, but I will NOT be watching this. Bring back Kieffer or Bury the series.

  24. mooshki says:

    No thank you.

  25. S says:

    I read about this news on TVLine first but have seen some other reports since then. Here, it sounds like you’re saying the lead will definitely be an African-American male but on another site they’re reporting CEO Dana Walden said, “The character was originally conceived as being 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 Latino actor, we’ve been really excited by some of the people we’ve been seeing throughout our internal process.” Can you please clarify?

  26. Eric says:

    FOX seems to be going real heavy on reboots of their old franchises. It’s amazing they can’t develop more than one original drama at a time to build their schedule up. At this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them reboot another hit drama like House.

  27. without Keifer there is no Jack Bauer.

  28. It’s gonna bomb (no pun intended) without Keifer

  29. MOCHA says:


  30. Herma says:

    “24” without Keifer Sutherland as Jack, would NOT be “24” Sorry

  31. brett says:

    Nope,it’s doesn’t deserve to be called “24” without Keifer Sutherland in it.never missed an episode but won’t be watching this.

  32. Adam A Hubbard says:

    This show will tank how could you replace Jack good luck Fox with your flop

  33. 24fan4life says:

    24 is a fantastic series by far. But with out Sutherland it just won’t work out. Just leave the series to its end with Jack finally getting caught and headed off to Russia!

  34. Meh, should’ve gone with a female lead. You’re not going to compete with The Blacklist, but you can at least steal some thunder from Blindspot.

  35. BTW FOX, you already had a fantastic leading African-American with ALMOST HUMAN.

    • Carolyn Reynolds says:

      I totally agree with you there. Almost Human was a really good show as well. What happened with that. I will give 24 a chance but without Kiefer Sutherland…it definitely will never be the 24 we all tuned in faithfully to watch.

  36. Bob Fleenor says:

    No, just NO. Waste of time and money, going to fail. Just like: Jimmy Olsen is now Afro-AM? No, and Lois Lane infatuated with Olsen, No. Kiefer WAS 24. No, just no.

  37. chuckfanforever says:

    Big time PASS. It should be obvious with the LOW Low numbers the 24 Limited run had last year that there is no need for 24 to be brought back to TV. Just let it live on in our memories…

    • Actually a lot of people liked the limited series in russia and it was so good i’ve been waiting for a reboot this whole time and this x files and prison break and a new 24 I’ll give it a one episode chance but I know it’s not gonna be as good as the original 24. Scream queens was like that but that show did so good it got the 2nd best show on fox and has a second season taking place in a hospital.

  38. Seria bueno que los próximos estelares fueran un suponer los hijos de los protagonistas si alguno y así seguirá la drama

  39. Lynda Muir says:

    No way do I want to watch 24 without Keifer, 24/7!!

  40. Chris says:

    Nooo, if that’s the case name it something else.

  41. Why does the actor have to be “African-American”? So if the actor is white or not American, he won’t be cast for the role? So stupid.

  42. Francisco peralta says:

    No Jack, I pass.

  43. Beth Braun says:

    Not watching without keiffer

  44. KPM says:

    Nooooo nooooo noooo!!!! Kiefer Sutherland is who made 24. Please do not recast Jack, get Kiefer back in that spot and without a doubt it be the BEST

  45. Thomas says:

    Without Kiefer it’s sentenced to death

  46. Gail Mayer says:

    Sorry and very sad news..no Keifer…no watchy. ..like most I’ll probably watch the first espoide

  47. Steph Richter says:

    The success of 24 hinged on KIEFER ,….I predict that it will not suceed