FOX has given the green light to two new series for 2016-17: “24: Legacy,” a Jack Bauer-less continuation of the “24” franchise, and “Star,” a music-based drama from “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels.

They’re the first new series pickups FOX has made for next season and join 11 returning shows on the network’s 2016-17 schedule.

“Star” focuses on three young singers (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) trying to make a name for themselves in the music business. The cast also includes Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt, with Lenny Kravitz set as a guest star. Daniels and Tom Donaghy (“The Mentalist”) co-wrote the pilot.

“24: Legacy” will use the same real-time format as its predecessor but feature a new set of characters workign to stop a terrorist attack. The cast is led by Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”), Miranda Otto and Jimmy Smits.

Howard Gordon, Manny Coto, Evan Katz and Brian Grazer — all long-time members of the “24” team — are executive producing. Kiefer Sutherland won’t be on camera (he’s starring in ABC’s straight-to-series drama “Designated Survivor”) but is also and EP.

Stephen Hopkins, who directed the original “24” pilot and much of Season 1, will return as director and EP.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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