It’s like the old adage: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That seems to be how FOX is approaching its 2016-2017 season, having announced a slew of reboots and revivals. Among them—television adaptations of the 1973 horror film, The Exorcist, and the 1980s classic, Lethal Weapon. FOX will also be resurrecting past network hits, no doubt banking on the momentum of its successful six-episode X-Files revival.
24: Legacy, a reboot of the eight-season smash hit, 24, will premiere in early 2017, along with the highly anticipated Prison Break revival. Unlike 24: Legacy, which will feature a new cast of characters, the upcoming Prison Break series will bring back most of the original cast, including Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell, who will be reprising their roles as Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows, respectively.
According to FOX, the series promises to take viewers on an "all-new adventure spanning the globe and featuring the signature thrills and cliffhangers that were hallmarks of the original series when it aired on FOX from 2005 to 2009." In particular, the storyline will center on Scofield’s apparent death. But when a series of clues surface suggesting otherwise, Lincoln and Michael’s wife, Sara (played by The Walking Dead’s Sarah Wayne Callies), team up to engineer the series’ biggest escape ever.
In a press statement, FOX Television Group co-chairmen and co-CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman expressed their excitement over the network’s upcoming season lineup, which will have to contend with American Idol’s prime-time void for the first time:
"Next season on Fox, we'll have more original programming across our schedule than ever before. We'll use our strong established hits in the fall and Super Bowl LI in winter to launch a diverse slate of shows that are unmistakably Fox."
Leveraging the success of the original series, the network is confident Prison Break will help accomplish just that. Walden addressed the show specifically, wetting fans' appetites by dropping a few more hints about the show’s time and place. "This new chapter picks up in current day in a faraway prison, and it’s exciting," Walden said.
In addition to Miller, Purcell, and Callies, the series will bring back Amaury Nolasco (as Sucre), Robert Knepper (as T-Bag), Rockmond Dunbar (as C-Note), Mark Feuerstein (as Jacob Anton Ness), Augustus Prew (as Whip), Rick Yune (as Ja), Inbar Lavi (as Sheba), and Paul Adelstein (as Paul Kellerman).
FOX will premiere Prison Break in the network’s mid-season in early 2017. The event series will continue to air on Thursdays at 9PM thereafter.