Fox’s thriller series 24 came on to the scene in 2001 with a unique concept that set it apart from most shows; each episode took place in real-time, with a clock ticking down to denote the hour in each episode, and the events of each season taking place over the course of one day. The show spawned a movie in 2008, titled 24: Redemption, before its cancellation in 2010. However, the series did not end there, as it was brought back in 2014 for a shortened ninth season, titled 24: Live Another Day. Now news has emerged that the series will be returning, but without its main ingredient, lead character Jack Bauer.
In a discussion with TVLine at the Critics Choice Television awards, 24‘s executive producer Howard Gordon said that a spinoff of the series was currently in the works, this time focusing on a twentysomething leading male character who is being called a “terrorist hunter”. The lead would be working alongside a seasoned veteran who will be a female agent. While the focus will not be on Bauer, Gordon left open the possibility of the character, played by Kiefer Sutherland, to appear on the show in a guest role. Gordon also confirmed that the role of the seasoned veteran will not be played by Yvonne Strahovski, whose character Kate Morgan was a key part of 24: Live Another Day. Her appearance in the spinoff, however, wasn’t ruled out.
The series will maintain the real-time format of its predecessors, with Manny Coto and Evan Katz tapped to write. A premiere date has yet to be announced, and there was no comment made on the possible involvement of Mary Lynn Rajskub’s Chloe O’Brien.