Fox is looking to the past to form their future. After years of rumors, the network confirmed the return of “Prison Break” and a spinoff of “24.” The escapist series from 2005 earned a series order, while “24: Legacy” was given just a pilot commitment.
The original producing team behind the critical and ratings hit, “Prison Break,” are set to return for the new entry. Paul T. Scheuring, Neal Moritz, Marty Adelstein and Dawn Olmstead will join stars Miller and Purcell for the new season. Stephen Hopkins, who directed a handful of original “24” episodes, will direct the pilot.
“24: Legacy” is not expected to involve franchise star Kiefer Sutherland. His name was not mentioned in the announcement, as a possible actor or even as a producer. Instead, the spinoff pilot will “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 in stopping what could be one of the largest scale terror attacks ever on U.S. soil.” The pilot will also focus on a “significant female co-lead.”
Howard Gordon (“Homeland”), Manny Coto and Evan Catz all return to the franchise they helped found as executive producers.
No timeline was provided for when “Prison Break” would return, but “24: Legacy” will shoot this winter.
“Empire” Renewed for Season 3
Also, in what should come as a surprise to literally no one, ratings hit “Empire” was picked up for another season at Fox.
Lee Daniels’ music-drama has earned critical praise, but is largely important because of how many people are watching it. It remains the No. 1 broadcast series in the key demo of 18-49 year-olds, and it’s the most tweeted about scripted show on network TV.
“Empire” returns for March 30 at 9pm for its spring premiere.
“Scream Queens” Picked Up for Season 2
Thanks to strong performance in VOD, Ryan Murphy’s anthology series “Scream Queens” also earned another season at Fox. More than 44 percent of the show’s audience came from streaming views on Hulu and the FOX NOW app.
“Scream Queens,” which tracks a group of college kids tormented by a murderer in a devil mask, is the No. 1 new broadcast series in adults ages 18-34. Critics were mixed on the pop culture obsessed, youth-oriented horror comedy, but Fox has been pleased with how the show has drawn new viewers to its FOX NOW service, which is key in attracting the coveted younger audiences.