11 items from 2017
Fans of the most recent incarnations of Fox’s venerable “24” and “Prison Break” won’t see the shows when the network starts up its new fall season – but that doesn’t mean executives won’t consider their return at some point in the future.
The network is set to start talking about the prospect of another run of “24” in the near future, said Gary Newman, chairman-ceo of Fox Television Group, during a conference call Monday to talk about Fox Broadcasting’s new fall schedule. Star Corey Hawkins’ involvement with the latest Broadway incarnation of “Six Degrees of Separation” made considering a new cycle of the series impossible for the fall, he said. Executives were also interested in talking to Howard Gordon, executive producer of the series, to get a sense of potential next creative steps, said Dana Walden, chairman-ceo of Fox Television Group.
“Prison Break” was seen as an “event series,” said »
- Brian Steinberg
The “Homeland” Season 6 finale delivered a big ratings boost to Showtime series on Sunday, improving dramatically over the season premiere back in January.
The finale drew 1.9 million total viewers airing at 9 p.m, according to Nielsen data. The premiere drew 1.1 million, meaning the finale improved on the premiere by approximately 72% in total viewers. In addition, the finale was up 37% in total viewers compared to the episode that aired last week (1.3 million). This season is averaging 5.5 million viewers per week across multiple platforms.
Season 6 picked up several months after Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) thwarted a terrorist attack in Berlin, with Carrie living in Brooklyn and working at a foundation that provides aid to Muslims living in the U.S. The season tackled the after-effects of the U.S. presidential election, which in the “Homeland” universe ended with a woman elected to the office for the first time in the country’s history. The »
- Joe Otterson
We had the opportunity to sit with the executive producers of 24: Legacy at New York Comic Con this past fall.
During the discussion they express their feelings on Jimmy Smit's presence being one of his qualifications as President, and share thoughts on the past presidents from other installments of 24.
Co-star Miranda Otto, too, has the weight, intelligence and complexity to bring a natural feel to her role.
But what about Corey Hawkins? They talk about whether he's prepared for 24 mania and the rabid fandom that comes from starring on a TV show versus what he's experienced from his starring turn in Straight Outta Compton.
They also discuss Hawkins' classical training and his grace as a performer, which lends itself to his undeniable charisma.
As to how the audience will compare Hawkins' Eric Carter »
- Carissa Pavlica
Welcome to Remote Controlled, Variety’s podcast series featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
This week’s episode features Variety executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum in conversation with “24: Legacy” executive producers Manny Coto and Evan Katz, as well as series stars Corey Hawkins and Jimmy Smits.
The show, which premieres this Sunday after the Super Bowl, addresses the question of what happens to American soldiers who’ve participated in raids against terrorism operatives after they return home.
Hawkins plays Eric Carter, a former Army Ranger who participated in the mission to kill Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid, an Osama bin Laden-like leader, and is now living in witness protection — but finds his comrades being picked off one by one by Bin-Khalid’s allies.
“Originally, [the idea] was for another series,” Coto recalled. “Kiefer [Sutherland] wasn’t coming back, so we thought, we’ll make another thriller.” The »
- Dani Levy
Fox is bringing the trademark “24” ticking-clock sound effect to Amazon’s voice-activated Echo devices, in a unique promo with the ecommerce giant ahead of the premiere of the franchise’s “24: Legacy” reboot.
Beginning Monday, Jan. 30, Amazon Echo users will be able to select the action-drama franchise’s reverberating “plink-plink” audio mnemonic as a personalized alarm tone for Alexa. “24: Legacy” premieres Feb. 5 immediately after Super Bowl Li on Fox.
On Super Bowl Sunday, “24: Legacy” and the Alexa alarm tie-in will be featured on Amazon’s homepage in the top-center rotating carousel. That also will promote the availability of the show for purchase on Amazon Video, as well as the eight prior seasons of “24” streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
In addition, starting Wednesday, March 1, Fox and Amazon will launch the “24: Legacy Daily Mission,” a series of custom 24-second challenges designed to test users’ mental and physical abilities (like quizzes or jumping jacks). Naturally, there »
- Todd Spangler
Chris Longo Feb 16, 2017
CTU has a new hero. Here are some spoiler-free thoughts on Fox's new reboot, 24: Legacy, which arrived in the UK last night...
As cynical and sick of franchises, reboots, revivals, and remakes as we are or pretend to be in the comments section (everyone seemed pretty stoked about Rogue One), audiences are smart enough to know that Hollywood won’t budge on this trend anytime soon. They’ll shake every last dollar they can get out of the Revival Era as long as we keep our sticky fingers on our smartphones, tablets, and remotes.
Harp on about the quality of shows coming back after long absences, but when you see The X-Files, Fuller House, and Gilmore Girls all reconnect with their fan bases in a meaningful way, it’s clear that certain shows are built for this, »
A selection of new TV promos have arrived on this week, giving us a look at the upcoming shows Beyond, Trial & Error, 24: Legacy, Chicago Justice, along with the second seasons of Billions and The Magicians; check them out here…
“Beyond” is a one-hour drama about Holden, a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. Now Holden must try and figure out what happened to him during those 12 years; how to survive a world that changed while he was gone; and answer the question, why did this happen to him?
Trial & Error is your new weekly addiction. A serialized murder-mystery comedy from Jeff Astrof (Ground Floor, Friends) and Matt Miller (Forever, Chuck), this documentary-style single-camera series goes into the heart of a quirky, small Southern town to follow the arrest and murder trial »
- Amie Cranswick
David Crow Jan 23, 2017
The Homeland season 6 premiere is more prescient than ever as an intelligence community and a new president cross paths...
This review contains spoilers.
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6.1 Fair Game
Not since perhaps its first year has a Homeland season premiered at a more appropriate time. Debuting in the shadow of Osama Bin Laden’s death, which had in turn released a massive cultural sigh of relief after the anxiety that haunted the Bush years, season 1 of Homeland came out a time when Americans were taking some perspective on the incomprehensible tragedy that was 9/11, and deciding they wanted to turn a page as the Obama era came into full-swing.
With its freshman effort, Homeland provided a »
A new trailer for 24: Legacy has been released, further showcasing the plight of Corey Hawkins’ ex-Army Ranger Eric Carter as terrorists attempt to kill him and fulfill an attack against America. The trailer also shows the return of Tony Almeida, played by Carlos Bernard in the original 24, as he’s recruited from prison to help stop the new attack.
Tony’s appearance in Legacy only further connects the reboot to the original series and one has to wonder how long it may be until Keifer Sutherland reprises his famous role as Jack Bauer for 24: Legacy, assuming he ever does, or if Mary Lynn Rajskub will also return as hacker Chloe O’Brien.
Are there any other original 24 characters you’d like to see in Legacy? Let us know in the comments below…
The clock ticks again with 24: Legacy, the next evolution of the Emmy Award-winning “24.” From Emmy »
- Ricky Church
With “24: Legacy,” Fox is rebooting its action-drama series without star Kiefer Sutherland as franchise hero Jack Bauer. The new series revolves around Courtney Hawkins as Eric Carter, a young veteran of the War in Afghanistan who finds himself the target of a terrorist group.
Hawkins, who is African-American, spoke about the cultural significance of his casting Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
“The script happened to be amazing when I read it,” Hawkins said. “It lifted off the page, and my mind just started going with where you can take it and what it means in television to be a hero and look like I look.”
Hawkins rejected one reporter’s question about whether he thought elements of Carter’s story — such as a love triangle with a relative who is also a gang leader — represent racial stereotypes.
“It’s not just about his skin color, it »
- Daniel Holloway
“Jack Bauer cast a long shadow,” said 24: Legacy Ep Howard Gordon about resurrecting the action TV franchise with a fresh leading man. And in coming up with a new protagonist, Gordon said it was essential “to reverse engineer,” meaning creating one with different qualities “with the broadest possible strokes that distinguished him from Jack Bauer.” It’s a similar process that Gordon and his writers executed on Homeland in breaking Carrie Mathison, and solidifying that she… »
11 items from 2017
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