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’24’ Franchise Revived at Fox With Female-Led Series

New project follows ”24: Legacy,“ which was canceled earlier this year

The clock is ticking down toward a possible return of “24.”

Fox has given a script commitment to a female-led drama series in its “24” franchise. The latest iteration would maintain the real-time conceit but would be set in the realm of criminal justice.

Howard Gordon, an executive producer on the original series, is writing the script with Jeremy Doner (“The Killing”) for the project from 20th Century Fox and Imagine Television.

Executive producing are Gordon and Imagine’s Brian Grazer, who was another EP on “24.”

The original “24” starred Kiefer Sutherland as terrorist-despising Jack Bauer. After its initial eight-season run ended in May 2010, it was revived for the 12-episode limited event “24: Live Another Day” that aired in 2014.

Fox had recently revived the franchise with “24: Legacy,” which debuted earlier this year in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot. But the series, which featured actor Corey Hawkins (Eric Carter) taking over for Sutherland as lead, failed to catch on and was soon canceled.