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A ’24’ Prequel Series from Jack Bauer’s Original Creators Is on the Way

Fox is working on a new iteration of the show focusing on the early days of the popular character — there is reason to have faith in this

Television executives at the Fox network will simply not let the “24” brand die.

And honestly, who can blame them? The original Kiefer Sutherland-starring series ran for a successful nine seasons and more than 200 episodes.

Since then, fans were treated to a spinoff series, “24: Legacy,” which received a mixed reaction. And now there is talk of a prequel show, which would follow the adventures of a young Jack Bauer (played by Sutherland in the original program).

Fox TV Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden revealed that “24” producer Howard Gordon is working with original creators Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran on a prequel show that would reveal the origins of Bauer, an anti-terrorist agent, according to Deadline.

“We are very excited about where the show would go,” Walden said without sharing specifics.

“24: Legacy” was not met with the same excitement as the original series because it didn’t have the program’s signature edge. Rather, “24” was politically incorrect and realistic in its depictions of terrorism and the methods needed to fight terrorism.

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What should give television viewers hope in this new incarnation of the show is the involvement of Joel Surnow. He’s an open conservative who helped create “24.”

Surnow is also a friend of Rush Limbaugh, and he created a show for Fox News and a popular miniseries that earned its share of controversy for showing some negative aspects of the Kennedy family.

He is never one to shy away from offending — and he may be just the person to give the “24” brand its edge back.

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