Some shows like Prison Break and Gilmore Girls are just now getting into the revival business (with new seasons featuring the same old cast), while others have eschewed that plan in favor of doing a complete reboot. This February, Fox will premiere 24: Legacy, a spin-off of the original hit show starring Kiefer Sutherland that aired between 2001 and 2010. While the original series did get its own revival back in 2014 with 24: Live Another Day, the upcoming reboot will feature a completely new lead.
The 12-episode first season of 24: Legacy follows war hero and ex-Army Ranger Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins) as he returns to America and must race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil. Just like the original series, all events will happen in real-time, and he’ll partner with the newly revived CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit in Los Angeles), now lead by Rebecca Ingram (Miranda Otto).
Currently, no actor from the original series is set to return for the reboot, but Deadline took the opportunity this week at the Television Critics Association press tour to ask Sutherland if he might appear. Yet despite previous speculation from producer Howard Gordon, Sutherland was adamant that he will not be reprising his role as Jack Bauer on 24: Legacy, saying: “There are absolutely no plans for that.”
Sutherland’s answer to the question does make sense, since instead the actor will be starring in ABC’s new drama series Designated Survivor about a low-level cabinet member who suddenly becomes the U.S. President after the Capitol is destroyed during the State of the Union. Yet his ties to the 24 franchise are not over yet, because he will also serve as an executive producer on the new spinoff.
There may currently not be any plans for Sutherland to guest-star on 24: Legacy, but that doesn’t preclude him appearing on the show next year if it should get a second season. In order for the new series to stand on its own, it can’t rely on past actors to be its main draw. It would be nice to see a sort of passing of the baton, but it sounds like Sutherland would like to move on from 24 for the time being. Besides, there’s nothing stopping us from pretending that his new character in Designated Survivor isn’t just Jack Bauer in disguise, and he’s about to become President of the United States.
24: Legacy premieres on FOX on February 5th, 2017.