Series, shmeries. Despite an aging and fading primetime lineup, Fox will be making few alterations to its fall lineup.
But that doesn’t mean the network didn’t have big news to announce at its Upfront Presentation this afternoon at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre.
Fox chairman Kevin O’Reilly revealed that Kiefer Sutherland will reprise his celebrated turn as Jack Bauer, that reluctant savior of the American way. 24: Live Another Day, airing in the summer of 2014, will return Jack to hyperactive duty in 12 episodes. The clock is ticking.
The other big-ticket event in Fox’s quiver is Wayward Pines, a 10-episode thriller executive produced by Chesco’s M. Night Shyamalan. Matt Dillon (Wild Things) stars as a Secret Service agent who seems to slip into a strange parallel existence while on assignment in Idaho. It’s also set for 2014.
Come September, the pickings are decidedly thinner (unless of course you’ve been holding your breath for the return of The X Factor).
* Sleepy Hollow is a futuristic supernatural remake of the Washington Irving short story from 1820. Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is brought back centuries after his death to stop the Headless Horseman and prevent the apocalypse. From the makers of Fringe.
* The sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg as a very relaxed NYPD detective with a very uptight new boss (Andre Braugher).
* Seth McFarlane is behind Dads, a generational switch sitcom. Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi are mismatched business partners set in their ways — until their fathers (Martin Mull and Peter Riegert) move in with them.
:* Junior Masterchef is a clone of a successful Aussie/Brit reality show. A group of adolescents with kitchen aspirations compete in front of judges like … yeah, Gordon Ramsay. No trailer for this one. Juts picture Hell's Kitchen with smaller, sobbing contestants.
Fox has a number of other replacement series on hold for “late fall” (a phrase and a time period just coined by the network) and for midseason. Read more Dave on Demand or follow him on Twitter @DaveOnDemand_TV