FOX UK has secured the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to 24: Legacy – the new entry in the counter-terrorism franchise 24 – after striking a deal with sister company Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, TVWise has learned. The show’s twelve episode first season is set to premiere on the channel in February.
“Cult classic 24 has been re-booted, bringing this genre-defining series to a whole new audience, with a brand new noble-yet-troubled protagonist who can trust no one”, said FOX UK’s Head of Programming Toby Etheridge, who brokered the deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. “Fans of the original won’t be disappointed, 24: Legacy is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, in the real-time format that 24 is famed for”.
24: Legacy tells the story of US Army Ranger Eric Carter, who six months ago led the squad that killed Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid. In the aftermath a fatwah against the squad and their families, forcing them into the federal witness protection program. But when Carter is nearly killed it becomes clear that his identity has been compromised and he must reach out to CTU for help; kick-staring an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil.
The drama series, which hails from Manny Coto and Evan Katz, is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Imagine Television, Teakwood Lane, Rego Park Film and Television and Borderland Entertainment and stars Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits, Teddy Sears, Dan Bucatinsky, Anna Diop. Ashley Thomas, Charlie Hofheimer, Coral Peña, Sheila Vand and Veronica Cartwright. Original series star Carlos Bernard is also set to reprise his role as Tony Almeida.
FOX UK’s deal for 24: Legacy is sure to be something of a blow for Sky1. The satcaster was widely expected to land the series – which is in fact a spin-off/new entry in the franchise as opposed to a reboot – as they have been the long time home to 24 since the early 2000s, when they themselves swooped in and secured the rights to season three after the BBC and Fox could not come to a deal. Sky1 also aired the London set revival of 24, known as Live Another Day, in 2014.
“The 24 franchise has an incredible fan base, and they will love the return of this iconic brand. Its trademark action-packed episodes will give fans that familiar rush of adrenaline”, added David Smyth, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Europe, for Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. “This time, with a brilliant new cast, we will see a hero go through the adventure for the first time, which will make 24: Legacy the perfect start for new audiences to discover what 24 fans have known about the series since day one.”
This deal also further underscores FOX UK’s growing prominence in first run U.S. acquisitions. The channel has been steadily increasing their foot-print in this area in recent years with such shows as The Walking Dead, Murder In The First and more recently Marvel series Agent Carter and the upcoming Legion. Notably, this is also the second major deal that FOX UK has agreed in as many months for a broadcast network series, following on from their agreement with CBS Studios International for the Michael Weatherly drama Bull.