The fate of “24: Legacy” is still undecided at FOX, but the network isn’t counting on it anytime soon — thanks in part to star Corey Hawkins’ current gig on Broadway.
“We were so happy with the creative on that show. We think Corey Hawkins did a great job,” FOX chairman Gary Newman told reporters Monday morning. “Replacing Jack Bauer was no easy feat, and he really stepped up on it.”
At the moment, Hawkins is starring in “Six Degrees of Separation” on Broadway, a role for which he’s earned a Tony Award nomination. “His schedule wouldn’t really allow us to consider it for fall. It’s very much still in the mix, and it’s a show we intend to talk about when we get back to L.A.,” Newman says.
“24: Legacy” launched after the Super Bowl this season, where it scored a 6.1 rating among adults 18-49. Its regular run on Mondays put up modest ratings — 1.0 among adults 18-49 and just under 4 million viewers the night it aired, improving to 1.6 and 6.08 million after seven days of delayed viewing.
Newman’s fellow chairman Dana Walden also says they want to speak with executive producer Howard Gordon, who’s been taking a sabbatical in Spain with his family, about ideas for a second season before moving forward.
“He was involved at the beginning and in launching the show, but we haven’t really had the opportunity to sit down with Howard and talk about what another season would look like for him,” Walden says. “That, combined with Corey being unavailable at the beginning of the season — there was no reason to rush.”