Over the summer, Fox saw great success with its reboot of Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day. While tracking decent enough in the ratings, the return of the network’s (arguably) biggest success story gave Fox some much needed goodwill among fans and industry analysts. Aware of that fact, it’s no surprise the network’s chosen to re-team with 24’s producers on a new series that puts them back in the action/espionage game, POTUS.
According to a new report from THR, Fox has given a script commitment to the new drama. From executive producers Howard Gordon, Many Coto and Evan Katz, the series will follow the adventures of a sitting president so fed up with the rules as they are, he decides to play by his own. As the series progresses, the audience will reportedly watch as a man with good intentions becomes ultimately corrupted by power. Sleepy Hollow writers Sam Chalsen and Nelson Greaves are set to pen the screenplay.
Essentially, the series sounds inspired by the thematic dynamics of Breaking Bad, another program that followed a main character that starts with good intentions (saving money for his family after he passes), but ultimately becomes consumed by the forces of his creation. If Fox can pull it off, it should mark as a solid series for the home of Gotham.
Currently, Howard Gordon’s a hot name among television executives. In addition to three shows currently on the air with Showtime’s Homeland, TNT’s Legends and FX’s Tyrant, the famed producer is also attached to an American adaptation of the BBC series, Inside Men. Getting into bed with the 24 showrunner’s just good business at the moment, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that Gordon can build a series right.
Regardless of what it became, Homeland started very strong – and let’s not gloss over the fact that Tyrant was recent given a second season order by FX, while Fox is currently in quiet talks to launch another 24 event series within the next year or two. POTUS definitely sounds like a series the executive producer’s capable of delivering on, and with any luck, it’s going to be one you’ll want to watch every week.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter