Fox's 2013-14 Season: The Return of Jack Bauer and 11 New Series
Sure, Fox will premiere 11 new series the network hopes will boost its 2013-14 TV schedule, but when the primetime going really gets tough, there's only one man Fox needs to call on: Jack Bauer.
Fox, which presents its new fall lineup at its annual upfront presentation in New York City Monday afternoon, has confirmed that Kiefer Sutherland's action hero will return to the network next May for a 12-episode storyline that will run into the summer.
"24: Live Another Day," as the miniseries will be called, will unfold the latest Jack Bauer adventure in chronological order, though with half the episodes, some hours will be skipped. The show's comeback season comes after "24" producers had tried for a couple of years to get a movie version of the series off the ground and after Sutherland's follow-up drama, "Touch," was canceled by Fox after its sophomore season.
As for the other big news on Fox's fall season schedule, the most high-profile new series include Oscar nominee and former "Talk Soup" host Greg Kinnear's return to the small screen in the legal drama "Rake," Emmy-winning "Saturday Night Live" alum Andy Samberg's tube return in the detective comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and "Law & Order: SVU" Emmy nominee Chris Meloni's TV comeback in the father-son comedy "Surviving Jack," as well as "Almost Human," a futuristic cop series from executive producer J.J. Abrams and "Fringe" creator J.H. Wyman, and the previously announced Seth MacFarlane live-action comedy "Dads."
Fox has also announced that an episode of "New Girl" gets the prized post-Super Bowl time slot, while "24" will not be the only event TV on the Fox schedule.
M. Night Shyamalan will bring his creepy storytelling (we mean that in a good way) to TV with an adaptation of Blake Crouch's novel "Pines," called "Wayward Pines." The miniseries will star Matt Dillon as Secret Service agent Ethan Burke, who's sent to the titular Idaho town to find two missing agents. But, according to Fox's description of the show, "instead of answers, Ethan's investigation only turns up more questions. Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive."[Related: See Which New Shows Are Joining The CW Lineup This Fall]
Series canceled by Fox, in addition to "Touch," include "The Mob Doctor" and "Ben and Kate," while "Fringe" ended its five-season run in January. "Family Guy" spinoff "The Cleveland Show" remains in limbo at the network.
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A description of the new series, along with our first impressions about which ones might make our must-see list next fall:
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Comedy)
Stars: Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, "Everybody Hates Chris" dad Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglia ("Reno 911!" and "Burning Love"), and Melissa Fumero ("One Life to Live")
Producers: "Parks and Recreation" producers Mike Schur (who also plays Dwight's cousin Mose on "The Office") and Dan Goor