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Fox Renews ‘Empire’ and ‘Scream Queens;’ ‘Prison Break’ to Return

Pilot for a New Edition of '24' Also Ordered

Fox has given an early vote of confidence to dramas “Empire” and “Scream Queens.” “Empire” will head into season three in 2016-17 and “Scream Queens,” which proves the importance of social media and VOD, season two.

Fox, in addition, is reviving 2005-09 scripted drama “Prison Break,” reuniting series stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic West as brothers Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows. The original producing team, including series creator Paul T. Scheuring (“Zero Hour”), Neal Moritz (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise), Marty Adelstein (“Aquarius”) and Dawn Olmstead (“The Whispers”) will return.

And the network has ordered the pilot “24: Legacy,” a potential new series installment of the “24” franchise. The pilot will feature an all-new cast of characters, with each episode still representing one hour of an eventful day. Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Manny Coto, Evan Katz and Kiefer Sutherland are the executive producers.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. Walden and Murphy are now officially worse than Kevin Reilly. The bar was close to the ground but they managed to slither under it.

    Handing over more money to Ryan Murphy for having delivered what has to be the biggest flop of the season is just baffling.

    There is no other explanation than a will to hand Mr. Murphy more money for reasons we’ll never be told.

    The days of Hollywood being driven by quality and merit are now officially dead. It’s about who you’re buddies with, period.

    It doesn’t matter how poorly you do, you’ll get more money (not that it’s any different with the series of catastrophe produced by Seth MacFarlane) but the blatancy of handing a renewal to this high-profile disaster shows executives like Walden and Newman aren’t even embarrassed any longer.

    This will continue until the owners step in and the Murdochs seem to have abandoned the SS Foxanic.

    As for bringing back flop Prison Break, I was right yesterday when I predicted the failure of Heroes Reborn and 24 would engender more continuations of previously canceled shows.

    Just a sad, sad era for television. 🙁