A new 24 without Jack Bauer? That we can kind of understand — Kiefer Sutherland after all has run and gunned through many a very bad day.
But given how the show’s most recent incarnation, 24: Live Another Day, positioned Yvonne Strahovski‘s CIA agent Kate Morgan as an heir apparent, it had to be asked: Why will Fox’s newly announced revival, 24: Legacy, be headlined by an all-new character surrounded by not one familiar face?
The answer: in short, this is a full-on 24 reboot.
According to Fox, Legacy 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. There are nods in the pilot to prior CTU agents, but no ongoing characters.
Agreeing that Strahovski did “a fantastic job” in 24: LAD, Fox co-chair/CEO Dana Walden said that having Kate Morgan lead the next charge “is just not the story that the executive producers came in to pitch us.
“We didn’t go them to say, ‘We want a reboot.’ They came in to us to say, ‘We have a fantastic idea,‘” Walden explained.
Seeing as how 24: Legacy will — as Live Another Day first did — abandon the real-time, 24-episode format, the producers said, “‘Now we want to start from scratch,’” Walden related. “They really didn’t want to revisit what we’ve already explored.”
As for announcing a time of death on the aforementioned 24-episode structure, Walden said that the idea to “jump a little bit and [cover a day] over 12 hours” is something that Fox brass have long wanted to do. In today’s ultra-competitive TV climate, “I don’t think any of us believes [24 episodes] would be a smart way to go.”