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Confirms renewals for Scream Queens and Empire

24 is returning to Fox, the network announced today. According to Entertainment Weekly, producers for the series confirmed during Fox's press conference at the Television Critics Association festival today that it had ordered pilot for a spinoff series, 24: Legacy.

Although the series will continue its tradition of basing each episode in the one hour span of a day, it will star an entirely new cast of characters. Unlike the original 24, which followed Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer — a member of the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) in Los Angeles — the new series will focus on "a military hero's return to the U.S and the trouble that follows him back," according to a press release.

It's during his return home that this new character contacts the CTU for help, preventing one of the largest plotted terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

There's currently no word on potential actors for the role, but Entertainment Weekly reports that producers are currently looking to cast an African-American actor.

While none of the original cast will be returning, all three executive producers, including former showrunner Howard Gordon, are onboard for the project.

The 24: Legacy announcement wasn't the only news to come out of Fox's Television Critics Association conference panel. The network also used its time on stage to confirm that actors Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell would be reprising their roles as brothers Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows in a new Prison Break event series.

According to the network, the new show will be based on the original Prison Break and will act as a continuation to the events that transpired at the end of the fourth season.

There aren't any additional story details yet — they can't possibly be expected to break out of any more prisons — but Fox officials announced more information would be announced relatively soon.

Fox also confirmed that two of its most successful scripted dramas, Empire and Scream Queens, would be renewed for their respective third and second seasons.

Scream Queens will return later this fall for season two, while Empire's own second season will continue with its spring premiere on March 30.

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