PASADENA, Calif. – The truth is out there: Fox is going back to the future.
On the day that it is holding a press conference for the six-episode miniseries revival of “The X-Files, “ Fox announced it also is bringing back two former series hits.
The network has ordered a pilot for a new edition of “24” that features a new cast and a new title: “24: Legacy.”
The decision to reprise the series comes after Fox ran a 12-episode event series last summer that reunited original cast members of the series that premiered in 2001 to critical acclaim.
According to a release, the new “24” “will revolve around a military hero’s return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back – compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.”
Fox also announced that “Prison Break,” which ended it four-season run in 2009, will be returning as “ a new event series” featuring original cast members Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell as brothers Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows.
In the original series, Scofield plotted a prison escape for Burrows, who he also sought to prove innocent of a crime he was convicted of committing.
In other Fox news, the network announced:
- The Wednesday hit “Empire” will return for a third season. That was hardly a surprise.
- In a mild surprise, Fox also announced that Ryan Murphy’s “Scream Queens” will get a second season. The series bombed in Western New York, averaging a 1.4 live rating on WUTV from Sept.22 through Dec. 8 and it only grew to 1.8 after seven days. On some nights, it didn’t even get a 1 rating. However, Fox said the series does very well in the younger demographic and also internationally.
- Tim Curry will return to star in a two-hour TV remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” as the criminologist narrator. It is scheduled to air in the fall.
- Country star Trisha Yearwood will play Mary in “The Passion,” a two-hour, live, contemporary musical event “that tells the 2000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth.” It will air from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. from New Orleans on March 20, which is Palm Sunday.