Fox is reviving its much-loved action series 24, the groundbreaking hit that followed Counter Terrorism Unit agents trying to twart attacks on a minute-by-minute basis.
Awesome, right? Who doesn’t want to watch Jack Bauer break the rules, disrespect authority, violently slaughter the bad guys, and save the da — what’s what? Jack Bauer isn’t going to be in this at all? F@%$%@#!
In their infinite wisdom, Fox will be bringing back 24 without the one thing that made it most watchable — Kiefer Sutherland’s incredible character of Jack Bauer. The new version of the show, called 24: Legacy, will feature a new hero named Eric Carter. In case you didn’t notice, that’s no where close to being named Jack F’ing Bauer.
Entertainment Weekly also reports that the show will also feature a female co-lead:
“There’s also a female co-lead who is a former head of CTU,” said Fox Television Chairman and CEO Dana Walden at the Television Critics Association in Pasadena on Friday. “It doesn’t feel like it is fully replicating the original in terms of how much Jack Bauer carried by himself, but it’s a very prominently featured lead.”
Walden also revealed to reporters there will be a time jump in the show’s storyline and that Legacy will deal with sleeper cells radicalizing Americans. “It’s a new CTU, a new cast of characters,” she said. “It’s a completely different story in terms of the special ops groups that we’re focusing on. It’s a very contemporary feeling story about the potential to activate new sleeper cells in the United States and radicalizing Americans. It’s a whole new story. There are nods in the pilot to prior CTU agents, there are a couple photos that will feel reminiscent of the original, but no ongoing [returning] characters.”
Unless this female co-lead’s name is Jacquelyn Bauer, the long-lost daughter of Jack Bauer, who gets captured just so Daddy can come blow shit up and save the day, count us out.