Fox just dumped a whole lotta TV news straight on our heads, folks. Keep reading if you care at all about the remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Prison Break, Scream Queens, or 24.
The biggest, most interesting nugget from Fox’s giant pile of TCA news is that Tim Curry has been cast in the network’s remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but not as Frank-N-Furter. No, he’s been cast as the Criminologist, which is the off-screen role of narrator. It’s probably for the best, though, as Curry’s voice is magnificent and his general involvement with the project is heartening. To see him on screen in this project as anything other than Frank-N-Furter would’ve been damn depressing, though. Laverne Cox and Adam Lambert have been attached to the project for a while. The two-hour event is set to air this fall.
For fans of 24 who are particularly disdainful of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer, rejoice: Fox also announced they’re producing a spin-off of the series called 24: Legacy , directed by series-veteran Stephen Hopkins. Word also has it that it they’re looking to cast a non-white lead, so that’s exciting.
In news that makes much less sense than continuing the 24 brand, Ryan Murphy’s anthology horror series Scream Queens has been renewed for a second season, meaning that he will have three (this, American Horror Story, and American Crime Story) anthology shows in production simultaneously. Like 24: Legacy, no word on possible airdate.
Lastly, Prison Break is getting a revival starring Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell. The pilot for the series was written by Miller and will take place during the time between the series finale and its straight-to-DVD epilogue, The Final Break. Again, no word on expected airdate.
Also, entirely unsurprisingly, Fox renewed Empire.