16 May 2016
24 Returns (Without Jack Bauer) Right After the Super Bowl
The upcoming 24 reboot will debut immediately following next year's Super Bowl, Fox announced today. 24: Legacy's first episode will air on Sunday, February 5, at 10 PM ET / 7 PM PT. Deadline notes that, since Fox joined the group of networks that the Super Bowl rotates through, Legacy is only the third Fox drama to air immediately after the game. Previously, it had only aired The X-Files and House afterward, but this marks the first time a drama will make its debut in that spot.
The post-Super Bowl episode will be followed by another the following night during Legacy's normal timeslot of 8 PM ET/PT on Monday, February 6. 24 traditionally aired on Monday nights, albeit at 9 PM. Alongside the announcement, Fox released the first image from Legacy featuring new star Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton). The series leaves behind 24 protagonist Jack Bauer in favor a new character played by Hawkins, who seems to be taking fashion inspiration from Bauer (not to mention his affinity for satchels).
Legacy's story centers around Hawkins' character, Eric Carter, a military hero who returns to the United States. When he finds himself in trouble, he turns to the Counter Terrorist Unit for help and ends up assisting them in preventing a terrorist attack on the US. You know, 24 stuff. In addition to Hawkins, Legacy features actors Miranda Otto (Homeland) and Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy). Behind the scenes, many of the same people responsible for 24 have returned, including Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Evan Katz, and Manny Coto. Kiefer Sutherland, who played Bauer, is signed on an executive producer for the series, which was picked up for 12 episodes in April.