Fox has officially restarted the clock on24.
Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed Monday during a conference call with reporters that the seminal Kiefer Sutherland thriller will be revived in May 2014 as a limited series event titled 24: Live Another Day.
“[It's] 24 compressed over 12 weeks,” explained Reilly. “It will go chronologically over the day, but it will skip hours. It will be dictated by the plot.”
The idea for the TV continuation came after the long-gestating 24 movie was deemed unworkable. “[The producers realized that] 24 compressed into two hours is not 24,” said Reilly. The limited series conceit “is the perfect form[at]” because it’s essentially the original 24 minus 12 hours of filler. “The spine of the original 24 episodes was about 12 hours,” Reilly pointed out. “Those were when the big events occurred, and then there were little events and connective tissue in between. So [we're] taking the best 12 [of the 24].”
Other highlights from the Reilly presser:
* As TVLine reported early Monday, Glee will take a midseason break before returning in late spring with what Reilly called a “creative twist.” Season 5 will then spill over into the summer.
* Contrary to reports of a complete panel overhaul, Reilly would only confirm that one current American Idol judge won’t be back next season: Randy Jackson. Beyond that, no decisions have been made about the panel (although he did hint that a return to the three-judge setup is “likely.”) “The format, more than anything, will have a few fresh twists next year” giving the show a fresh “jolt” in the wake of this season’s ratings woes.
Get on your dancing shoes, the 10th season of So You Think You Can Dance will premiere Tuesday May 14 at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Guest judges for the audition rounds will include Minnie Driver, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, and Adam Shankman.
And if you want to show the world you can shake what your mama gave you, there are still two more auditions in Memphis on March 14 and in Los Angeles on March 22. For added incentive, Jesse Tyler Ferguson will be the guest judge in Los Angeles, Wayne Brady in Memphis.
The official announcement of the Dancing with the Stars cast is just hours away—tomorrow morning on Good Morning America—but we have some casting scoop you need to hear right now. You will not believe who is coming to Dancing with the Stars, but you’ll be even more surprised by who is not going to be there. Trust me. Spoilers ahead:
Two Pros Out
Chelsie Hightower cryptically informed TMZ in a street interview that she is out of Dancing With the Stars for the foreseeable future. From the way everybody makes it sound it wasn’t exactly an amicable departure for the leggy blonde dance pro. The only thing Chelsie revealed for the cameras is that leaving was “not by choice.” She was, let’s say, diplomatic through most of the video so she is obviously not wanting to burn the bridge.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, one of Dancing with the Star’s most popular, if not the most popular, dance pro has left the series to pursue acting opportunities in film and television. Have we ever actually seen Maks act before? I’m not recalling that. His loss will have a huge impact on the show since he was so popular on his own that anyone he partnered up with got an automatic boost.
So you can’t wait for the official cast list tomorrow? We have a treat for you then. Some of the new season cast has been leaked and we have the list right here:
Superbowl Hero and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones will be looking for some of that heat to prop him up on Dancing with the Stars as he trades the Grid Iron for the Ball Room. NFL stars typically do well with the audience so he is definitely someone to watch.
American Idol runner up Kellie Pickler puts down the microphone and laces up her dancing shoes. Surprisingly, Pickler is the first American Idon contestant to appear on Dancing with the Stars. Kind of surprising when you think about it. A polished performer, Pickler definitely has a shot at the Mirror Ball.
Country and western star Wynonna Judd is a bit of a surprise for me. Dancing With the Stars doesn’t seem like something she would have even remotely considered in her heyday. Is she possibly looking to revive her career with a little dancing action now? Regardless of her intentions, Wynonna has legendary stage presence, if her dancing skills are to match she’ll be a force to reckon with.
Captain of the Gold Medal-winning US Women’s Gymnastics team, you could think of Aly Raisman as Shawn Johnson 2.0. With her athletic background, there is no doubt she’ll be able to master complex dance moves quickly and might even prove a challenge for her partner. Speaking of partners, may I suggest Derek Hough?
How well received this year’s Bachelor is on Dancing With the Stars may have a lot to do with how his own show wraps up. All-Stars winner Melissa Rycroft migrated from The Bachelorette with great success, and Sean is certainly likeable enough to skate through on earnest effort and ample charisma, but break the wrong heart and look out.
The latest ‘rumored’, and therefore ‘unconfirmed’, cast member is boxer Victor Ortiz who recently suffered a career stalling broken jaw. Can he achieve the Mirror Ball while waiting for his glass jaw to mend? We’ll find out.
When The X Factor returns next season, Britney Spears won’t be on the judges’ panel — and it’s her choice.
The pop star is leaving Fox’s Simon Cowell-led singing competition to focus on her music career and complete a new album, TMZ.com reports.
The news comes days after network entertainment president Kevin Reilly said he’d gladly welcome the “Toxic” singer back for another go.
“I think Britney did a really good job,” he told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena. “People remain fascinated with her and always will… Maybe people were waiting for more drastic displays that never came. But pound for pound, I thought The X Factor was excellent this year. She tucked in really nicely on that bench.”
Spears’ exit, fueled by reports that her lackluster critiques of contestants didn’t live up to her reported $15 million salary, has been rumored for weeks.