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Why Fox Almost Killed ’24’ Before It Ever Even Aired

29 November 2016 6:08 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The original “24” series starring Kiefer Sutherland officially turned 15 years old this month, and in honor of the milestone, TheWrap took a look back at the hit drama shot in real time. Sandy Grushow, the former chairman of the Fox Television Entertainment Group, explained how he helped bring the show to air — and revealed how it almost didn’t happen. From initial cost concerns to airing a show about terrorism after 9/11, what is now considered a modern classic nearly didn’t come to pass. Read Grushow’s story below. A Strong Beginning “It’s a great example »

- Joe Otterson

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‘24’ 15th Anniversary: Executive Producers Pick Their Favorite Episodes

6 November 2016 9:03 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fifteen years ago, on Nov. 6, 2001, “24” premiered on Fox. It was less than two months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, and the country was still grieving, perhaps craving a series where the U.S. was, at the end of the day, victorious against the forces of terrorism.

The format was unlike anything that had been done before: Each of the 24 episodes of the season would occur in “real time,” totaling up to a very, very long day for protagonist Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland).

But “24” co-creator Joel Surnow wasn’t sure the audience would bite. “Real time was an unproven concept,” Surnow wrote to Variety. “We had no idea if it would have the desired effect — which was to create a heightened sense of urgency. We couldn’t even gauge it when the picture was cut together. It wasn’t until the final mixing session — with all the music and effects in — that we saw what this show »

- Oriana Schwindt

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Fox Is Trying to Bring Back Both 24 and Prison Break

15 January 2016 11:11 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

NBC isn't the only network trying to make it 2006 again through science or magic. At the TCAs today, Fox announced it would be bringing back two of its biggest Bush-administration hits in new forms. 24 will be revived as 24: Legacy, a new pilot the network has ordered that follows a new generation of agents at the Counter Terrorism Unit. The series will continue the same real-time format as the original 24, telling the story of "a military hero’s return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back." According to Fox head Dana Walden, the sequel series will explore contemporary themes like "sleeper cells and [terror organizations] radicalizing Americans." No leads have yet been cast, and the network says that, should the pilot go to series, characters from the first 24 may pop up eventually. Prison Break, meanwhile, will return as an "event series," with original leads »

- Nate Jones

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Fox Orders Pilot For 24: Legacy With New Hero To Replace Jack Bauer

15 January 2016 10:51 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Fox is pushing forward with a soft reboot of its real-time action series "24," which plans to adopt the same structure and style of the earlier show but with a brand new cast. Details were announced by the network at the Television Critics Association press tour, where Fox brass confirmed that series stalwart Kiefer Sutherland will not be a part of the cast. That may come as a surprise considering the 2014 event series "24: Live Another Day" scored rave reviews.

24: Legacy will instead “revolve around a military hero’s return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back – compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.”

The hero is a twenty-something named Eric Carter, who is described in the pilot script as an African American, but according to Deadline »

- Gem Seddon

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The Walking Dead: Xander Berkeley Will Be Playing [Spoiler]!

4 January 2016 8:28 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Remember back in September, when TVLine reported that "24" vet Xander Berkeley would be joining The Walking Dead in an unspecified role in the second half of Season 6 (which begins Feb. 14)? Now we can exclusively reveal whom he’ll be playing — and, in short, his character is bad news.

The veteran actor will be bringing to weaselly life Gregory, who, according to Robert Kirkman’s comic-book source material, is the leader of the Hilltop Colony, a coward to the core and a total nightmare for Maggie and Rick. Just how awful is the villain? »

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