May 13th, 2013
05:16 PM ET
The answer to the question of whether "24" could return to Fox is now an unequivocal "yes."
Fox's Chairman of Entertainment, Kevin Reilly, confirmed to press during a conference call on Monday that Kiefer Sutherland's Agent Jack Bauer is back in an event series that'll run over 12 weeks.
As had been previously reported, there was much talk surrounding a "24" movie, but, Reilly said, the creative team "all agreed that '24' compressed into two hours is not '24.'" But with Fox's new mission to run event programming, "a lightbulb went off for [former executive producer] Howard Gordon," Reilly said. "This is the perfect form."
Called "24: Live Another Day," the episodes would "go in chronological order of the day, but skip hours," Reilly said, as "dictated by the plot."
The plan is to air "24: Live Another Day" in early May 2014, and have it run through the summer to lead into Fox's other event program, M. Night Shyamalan's "Wayward Pines" starring Matt Dillon.
In other news, Fox also presented its fall 2013 schedule, which includes three new comedies and two new dramas. The schedule below for the fall season includes new shows, complete with descriptions, in bold:
8:00-9:00 p.m. - "Bones" (fall)/"Almost Human" (late fall): "Starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, the new series is an action-packed police drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids."
8:00-8:30 p.m. - "Dads": "This new multi-camera comedy series follows two successful guys – and childhood best friends – Eli (Seth Green) and Warner (Giovanni Ribisi), now in their mid-30s, whose relatively stable lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck patriarchs move in."
8:00-10:00 p.m. - "The X Factor"
8:00-9:00 p.m. - "The X Factor: Results"
8:00-9:00 p.m. - "Junior Masterchef": "Move over grown-ups ... the kids are taking over the kitchen! 'Junior Masterchef' (working title) is a new culinary competition series for talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 who love to cook. Based on the hugely successful U.K. and Australian format, the series extends the 'Masterchef' brand in the U.S. to include a younger group of aspiring masterchefs."
9:00-10:00 p.m. - "Sleepy Hollow" (Encore)
8:00-8:30 p.m. - "The Simpsons"
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