Damn it, Chloe, Fox's planned "24" reboot is trudging ahead without Jack Bauer.
Although franchise producer Howard Gordon indicated as recently as June that the idea is for Kiefer Sutherland to “weave in and out as a guest star," the network has confirmed Jack won't be back for the revival.
“Obviously we would love to have Kiefer and we went to him first,” Fox TV Co-Chair Gary Newman told reporters at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. “It isn’t something he wants to do at this point, but he encouraged us to continue and look for a way to bring the show back.”
In fact, Newman isn't sure whether any familiar faces will return in the new installment, saying, "It would not surprise me if it’s a total reset in terms of the characters.”
Sutherland's absence isn't a total surprise, of course, as Fox suggested as early as January that this installment of "24" might not feature Bauer (but left his return to the franchise as a possibility). Gordon later said “24: Live Another Day’s” Manny Coto and Evan Katz were working on a script for a “Jack-less ’24,'" but then floated the possibility of a guest role.
The limited-run spinoff is expected to center on a young, male operative, who's partnered with a more seasoned female agent.