Good news today indeed. Looks like FOX finally came to their senses and cancelled 24: Legacy after realizing just how weak it is as a show without Jack Bauer, played by Keifer Sutherland. Just one season in and it’s gone, just like that.
24 ran for eight seasons, plus one miniseries, before being rebooted into a platform for Corey Hawkins as Eric Carter, and later Carlos Bernard’s Tony Almeda. Sutherland cited getting older as one reason to abandon the show, although he stayed on as an executive producer.
Variety reported Wednesday on the series’ cancellation; however, FOX is continuing to explore “future iterations” of the 24 concept, including some type of real-time anthology series, so it may not be truly dead after all.
My take: good news. Great even. I’m glad it’s dead. They shouldn’t have tried to milk the cow without the farmer present. Jack Bauer IS 24, and without him the series goes nowhere fast, as it did with Legacy. I know, they wanted to fill his shoes with a black guy as companies are wont to do, but they should have asked the fans whether we wanted a 24 sans Jack Bauer. Hopefully they can wrap up the Bauer story with a graphic novel so we can get the closure we, the loyal fans, deserve.