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.
Fox has announced the return dates for two shows as well as the premiere date of a brand new – and terrific – series. The new season of American Idol – with new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban and returning judge Randy Jackson – will premiere in January, while Touchwill return for its second season in February.
The new drama by Kevin Williamson, The Following, will premiere in January. This is a show that isn’t to be missed. Starring Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy, it’s a fantastic series that pits an FBI agent (Bacon) against a devious serial killer (Purefoy). The premiere date of the midseason show The Goodwin Games will be announced at a later date.
Below are the premiere dates:
Wednesday, Jan. 16
8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part One)
Thursday, Jan. 17
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part Two)
Monday, Jan. 21
9:00-10:00 PM THE FOLLOWING (Series Premiere)
Friday, Feb. 1
9:00-10:00 PM TOUCH (Season Premiere)
There’s been some uncertainty about this upcoming season’s crop crop of American Idol’sjudges after both Jennifer Lopez and Stephen Tyler declined to return. Then Randy Jackson was rumored to be leaving, only for that rumor to be squashed. The Mariah Carey had reportedly joined the judges’ table. Today, Fox has confirmed the four judges for the new season: Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.
“I am thrilled about this year’s judges’ panel! We’ve got global icon Mariah Carey and IDOL’s heart and soul Randy Jackson, who will be joined by Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to American Idol – he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan, we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.”
The 12th season of American Idol will debut in January 2013.
And we are telling you, she is not going to leave Fox’s primetime schedule. Indeed, Jessica Sanchez, whose monster pipes and near-perfect pitch carried her all the way to a second-place finish on Season 11 of American Idol, is nearing a deal to join Glee‘s fourth season in a multi-episode arc, TVLine has learned exclusively.
There are no details yet available on what role Glee executive producer Ryan Murphy might have in store for the 16-year-old California native, but the plan would be to have her join the cast midway through the first half of Season 4, after she completes her duties on the Idols Live summer tour. Presumably, though, Sanchez’s character would in some capacity — either as part of McKinley High’s New Directions show choir or at the New York Academy for the Dramatic Arts where Rachel Berry is headed in the fall — compete for solos with the show’s existing and impressive stable of vocalists. In other words, if you love a diva-off (and who doesn’t?), Season 4 of Glee is about to get intense.
During her Idol run, Sanchez became an early front-runner on the strength of scorching Vegas-round renditions of “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” and “The Prayer,” followed by a spot-on rendition of “I Will Always Love You” on Whitney Houston night. Later, in a Top 7 week shocker, Ryan Seacrest revealed the girl who sometimes performed as her alter-ego Bebe Chez was the lowest vote getter, but the judges promptly vetoed America’s decision by using their sole “save” of the season. Sanchez then went on to steal the show during the Idol finale by virtue of a jaw-dropping duet with Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday on the Dreamgirls classic “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”
If the Glee deal is completed, it will mark Sanchez’s third time at the primetime rodeo. Back in 2006, she appeared as a contestant on the inaugural season NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
Excited about the idea of Sanchez getting Gleeky? Any hopes for the type of role she’ll play, or the cast members she’ll share the screen with? Hit the comments and share your thoughts! And if you’re not super-familiar with Sanchez, check out our two-part Idology interview with her below.
American Dad: Renewed
American Idol: Renewed
Bob’s Burgers: Renewed
Family Guy: Renewed
Hell’s Kitchen: Renewed
Kitchen Nightmares: Renewed
New Girl: Renewed
Raising Hope: Renewed
The Cleveland Show: Renewed
The Simpsons: Renewed
The X Factor: RenewedTouch: Renewed
Breaking In: Canceled
House: Series finale airs May 21
I Hate My Teenage Daughter: Canceled
Terra Nova: Canceled
The Finder: Canceled
It’s Messy (AKA: Untitled Mindy Kaling Project)
Young Bridget-Jones type doctor trying to navigate both her personal and professional lives
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The Mob Doctor
A young female thoracic surgeon with Bridgeport roots is split between two worlds as she juggles her career and her lifelong debt to the South Chicago mob.