Fox, appearing this morning at the TCA Winter Press Tour 2014, announced premiere dates for event series 24: Live Another Day, and new series Surviving Jack, Gang Related, and Seth MacFarlane’s science passion-project Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. 24 is getting its old Monday 9 PM slot, Surviving Jack will follow American Idol‘s result show, and Gang Related is getting an early summer run as planned.
The clock resets when 24: Live Another Day premieres with a special two-hour television event on Monday, May 5 at 8 PM, followed by its time period premiere the following week in 24‘s signature Monday 9 PM slot. Set and shot in London, the suspenseful event series again will follow the exploits of agent Jack Bauer (Sutherland) as he attempts to thwart a terrorist attack. Retaining the real-time format with split screens and interweaving storylines, the series also stars Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, and William Devane reprising their original roles. Newcomers include Yvonne Strahovski, Giles Matthey, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Michael Wincott, and Judy Davis. The event series reunites the Emmy-winning team of executive producer Howard Gordon; star and executive producer Sutherland; co-creator Robert Cochran; executive producers Evan Katz, Manny Coto, David Fury and Brian Grazer; and executive producer and director Jon Cassar.
New comedy series Surviving Jack, premieres Thursday, March 27 at 8:30 PM following the American Idol results show. From executive producer and Emmy nominee Bill Lawrence, the comedy is based on best-selling author Justin Halpern’s autobiographical book I Suck At Girls. Co-created and written by Halpern ($#*! My Dad Says) and Patrick Schumacker ($#*! My Dad Says), the series is set in 1990s Southern California and stars Christopher Meloni as a man becoming a dad.
New action-drama Gang Related premieres Tuesday, May 20 at 9 PM on Tuesday, May 20 following Part 1 of the two-night American Idol season finale. Created and written by Chris Morgan (Wanted, Fast Five), Gang Related follows a rising star in Los Angeles’ Gang Task Force, played by Ramon Rodriguez (Battle Los Angeles, The Wire).
Meanwhile, MacFarlane’s 13-part Cosmos, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, will premiere Sunday, March 9 at 9 PM. It will encore with bonus footage and behind-the-scenes content on National Geographic Channel on March 10 at 10 PM — the same day it debuts on National Geography Channels International and on the U.S. on Nat Geo MUNDO. The space exploration series will be seen in 170 countries and 45 languages. More than three decades after the debut of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Carl Sagan’s exploration of the universe as revealed by science, MacFarlane has teamed with Sagan’s original creative collaborators – writer/executive producer Ann Druyan and co-writer/astronomer Steven Soter – to conceive the 13-part series that will serve as a successor to the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning original series. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is produced by Cosmos Studios, the Ithaca, NY-based company Druyan co-founded in 2000, and Fuzzy Door Productions, MacFarlane’s company. Druyan and Soter are the series’ writers. Druyan, MacFarlane, Cosmos Studios president Mitchell Cannold and Brannon Braga (the Star Trek franchise, 24) executive produce.