Time Runs Out For FOX's '24: Legacy," Franchise May Continue


No more red wire/blue wire decision-making for CTU…at least for now.

Fox has canceled 24: Legacy after just one season,  however it might not be the last we see of the realtime series. The network is still exploring a restructuring of the once-popular series, possibly as an anthology series built around a similar real-time storytelling format. Adding hope to the future of the 24 franchise is word that Fox executives are already speaking with executive producer Howard Gordon on possible new directions moving forward.

Set in Washington D.C. three years after the events of 24: Live Another Day, Legacy introduced viewers to Eric Carter (Corey HawkinsStraight Outta' Compton), ex-Army Ranger who returns to the U.S. only to find himself running for his life from the dangers that followed him home from his covert mission overseas. Not sure who to trust and with nowhere left to go, Carter turns to the newly-revived Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) to not only save his life but also stop a series of targeted attacks on American soil.

24: Legacy: L-R: Ashley Thomas, Sheila Vand, Dan Bucatinsky, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits, Corey Hawkins, Charlie Hofheimer, Anna Diop, Teddy Sears and Coral Pena. 24: LEGACY begins its two-night premiere event following "SUPERBOWL LI" on Sunday, Feb. 5, and will continue Monday, Feb. 6 on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Mathieu Young/FOX

The twelve-episode series premiered in the coveted post-Super Bowl spot on February 5 and ended it's run on April 17. Though debuting with strong ratings, Legacy would level-off steadily during its run: in Nielsen live-plus-seven numbers, the series averaged a 2.1 live-plus-seven rating in the 18-49 demo, placing it 34th among all broadcast series for this season.

Personal Note To Fox: be patient, wait for Designated Survivor to finish its run on ABC and then offer Keifer Sutherland a big, fat contract to come back as Jack Bauer because 24 is a franchise that's become synonymous with its original main character and star to the viewing public. Keep with the 12-episode seasons and structure it similar to Homeland, with Bauer leading an intelligence group (including Carter) of potential spin-off characters that could be built-up and franchised over time.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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