24: Legacy has earned a rather dubious legacy. The FOX series earned a cancellation after only one season. Incredibly, FOX states the franchise may return. The network probably wishes to reserve the right to resurrect the one-time hit series in the future.
A few reasons exist for 24: Legacy’s failure. Weak ratings are definitely among them. The lack of the original series’ star is obviously another. Kiefer Sutherland was the star of the original 24. Without him, the film comes off as a weak imitation. Sutherland was more that just a “star.” His portrayal of Jack Bauer in the series was iconic. Unlike so many forgotten TV characters, Sutherland’s Jack Bauer is one who will be remembered decades from now.
The FOX network’s attempts to resurrect programs from the recent past are quizzical. In addition to 24: Legacy, FOX relaunched an X-Files mini-series and a new season of the once-canceled Prison Break. The X-Files was a hit, but Prison Break was not.
The X-Files is another iconic television series as it ranks among the most successful science-fiction television programs ever produced. Millions of fans tuned in for the program’s return. Prison Break never had anything close to The X-Files popularity. And unlike The X-Files, 24: Legacy did not feature a beloved lead actor returning to a famous role. That major deficiency bears repeating.
Why would FOX look at the failure of 24: Legacy and state the franchise may continue?
The reason is simple. The next series could be a hit. With the right concept and the right timing, another attempt at resurrecting 24 might do very well. Maybe moving the franchise away from the broadcast network would be an effective strategy. Co-producing a streaming series or a video game endeavor are two possible ways the series may survive and thrive.
A return to FOX is always a possibility as well.