More 24, plus The Exorcist, Lethal Weapon, and Prison Break are being revived by the network in its 2016-2017 schedule.
Going into the 2015-2016 TV season, Fox was in fourth place in terms of ratings among the major broadcast networks.
But the network was nursing its wounds with its one major success from 2014-2015: Empire.
Fox execs learned from the monster that was Cookie and co., duplicating Empire's over-the-top drama with Scream Queens and further appealing to underserved black audiences with Rosewood. Grease: Live, Fox's first foray into the live TV musical world (which NBC had previously dominated) was also a win. And the network will try to do the same with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, coming this fall.
However, Fox did have some notable wobbles this past season (cough Minority Report cough), and in addition to its new entries like Grandfathered, The Grinder, and Bordertown, which were all canceled, the network also said goodbye to American Idol — that leaves many available time slots begging to be revived.
Well, now Fox has unveiled some of its 2016-2017 series, and the network oddly chose to fill many of its open slots with… more reboots. (Yes, like the Minority Report bomb.)
Its Exorcist series will see Geena Davis back on the small screen and its 24 spinoff, 24: Legacy is led by Straight Outta Compton favorite Corey Hawkins. And then there's the Prison Break event series (a la Fox's 24: Live Another Day and The X-Files) and a modern-day Lethal Weapon with Damon Wayans, Sr. (Yes, really.)
The network has another cop drama (APB), a couple of comedies that will probably come and go, a drama bout the first female MLB player, and what seems like an unofficial Empire spinoff, Star.
Basically, Fox is firing in all directions next season and hoping something sticks. We just can't imagine that something will be Son of Zorn, a comedy in which Jason Sudeikis voices an animated warrior whose ex-wife is played by Cheryl Hines in live-action form.
Without further ado…
Who's in it? Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits
Who created it? Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Manny Coto, Evan Katz, Stephen Hopkins, Kiefer Sutherland
What's it about? After the success of this past season's reboot Live Another Day, which brought back Sutherland the much of the original cast, Fox is trying something new with this spinoff. It stars one of Straight Outta Compton's breakouts (Hawkins) and TV vets Otto and Smits as they try to stop a terrorist attack in the same real-time format that helped 24 break ground when it debuted on Fox in 2001.
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Who's in it? Justin Kirk, Natalie Martinez, Eric Winter, Ernie Hudson, Taylor Handley, Tamberla Perry, Caitlin Stasey
Who created it? Matt Nix, Len Wiseman, Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman, Robert Friedman
What's it about? Don't let the acronym fool you; this is no GCB or Don't Trust the B****. APB is a cop drama and its title stands for all-points bulletin, information a law enforcement agency sends out about a wanted suspect or a person of interest. The series, inspired by a true story, centers on tech mogul Gideon Reeves (Kirk of Weeds fame), who decides to do something about all the corruption, crime, and cover-ups happening in the Chicago Police Department after he witnesses a loved one's murder. Reeves puts up millions of his own money to take over a troubled precinct and turn it into a more efficient and upstanding private police force. For those who've wondered what happened to the man who played Oliver Trask after he held Marissa Cooper captive at gunpoint in his penthouse on The O.C., the answer is: working for the Chicago PD.
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Who's in it? Geena Davis, Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka, Alan Ruck, Kurt Egyiawan
Who created it? Jeremy Slater, Rolin Jones, James Robinson, Barbara Wall, David Robinson, Rupert Wyatt
What's it about? Following in the footsteps of A&E's Bates Motel and MTV's Scream is Fox's new series based on one of the most acclaimed horror stories of all time, The Exorcist from the 1970s. Here, the MacNeils become the Rances and Davis, who was last a series regular on ABC's Commander in Chief a decade ago, takes over for Ellen Burstyn as the family matriarch, Angela Rance. Her husband Henry is played by Ruck (aka Cameron from Ferris Bueller's Day Off) and they have two daughters: Katherine (Howey) and Casey (Kasulka). Sense8's Herrera plays one of the priests helping the Rances, while House of Cards' plays the other.
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