24: Legacy canceled; Fox plans 'new version'
The Legacy is over, but 24 will live on.
Fox has decided not to renew 24: Legacy for a second season despite investing heavily in the show by premiering it after the Super Bowl this year. The network will instead work with producers to re-develop the franchise for a “new version” with a refreshed cast later on down the line. The next edition will be more anthological, the network says (so more like a single season miniseries — which Legacy ultimately became).
The decision concludes a rather dramatic rise and fall for the high-profile reboot, which revived the action-drama franchise with Straight Outta Compton breakout star Corey Hawkins, along with Homeland actress Miranda Otto and Sons of Anarchy veteran Jimmy Smits.
Initial interest in the title was quite high; the show’s trailer racked up a record 10 million online views for Fox. Then 17.6 million viewers watched Legacy‘s heavily promoted post-Super Bowl debut. But ratings dropped alarmingly with each passing week, with its season finale tying the show’s all-time lowest numbers, drawing only 3.3 million viewers and a 0.8 among adults in the 18-49 demographic.
Canceling a series the same year it airs after the Super Bowl is exceedingly rare; you have to go all the way back to 1995 for a precedent (a short-lived ABC drama titled Extreme). But in a way, Legacy wasn’t entirely a new show, combining characters from the former Fox hit (which starred Kiefer Sutherland) with new ones for a half-sequel, half-reboot, familiar yet new — a logical attempt to keep 24 going but one that ultimately didn’t hold viewers’ interest.
Normally, networks decide the fate of shows before their upfront presentations to advertisers in May. But Legacy was special in that regard too, getting an extension into June for producers to pitch ideas for continuing the show.