Two 24 series being developed, including legal thriller

24 -For everyone out there wondering, apparently the 24 prequel series featuring a young Jack Bauer isn’t the only 24 show in contention at Fox right now.

While at the TCA Summer Press Tour event today, Fox’s programming heads made it clear that they are also still committed to an idea that was first rumored some time ago, one that shifts the format over to the legal world. With that, there is potentially a 24 law series to go along with one that could give you Jack’s origin story. There’s no guarantee that one or both of them will even make it onto the air, but these are shows that clearly, Fox is banking on to some degree. We’re just shocked that they still care as much as they do given how 24: Legacy didn’t really move the needle ratings-wise and it had certainly more in common with the original Kiefer Sutherland series than a legal show ever would.

So why consider this particular show in general? Speaking per Entertainment Weekly, Gary Newman had the following to say:

“[The] idea of moving the franchise from terrorism and security into the legal world is something we talked about as far back as season 3 or 4 of 24 where, from time to time, there would be discussions of spinoffs. You have to look for an arena where the stakes are high and time matters. [The legal version of 24] deals with an execution of a prisoner and there are just 24 hours left until the execution is supposed to take place. So the stakes are high and it potentially has a lot of the same values of the original 24. Regardless of the political climate, the time’s always right for a show of that type.”

We do think that this sort of show can work, but it needs more than just the 24 name. It needs a good cast, critical acclaim, and everything else that a new show needs to succeed. At the end of the day, it may actually need to be treated like a new show overall and in our opinion it really should be.

Do you think that a 24 legal show could actually work, or is this the sort of idea that needs to be forgotten about as soon as possible? Share in the comments!

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