Fox Chief On “24,” “OC,” “Prison” Revivals

The annual Television Critics Association winter press tour has begun with the FOX network having theirs yesterday.

Speaking with Deadline, FOX’s entertainment boss Michael Thorn was asked about the network’s track record with revivals of old shows and whether there are plans for more.

Two of their big success stories were “24: Live Another Day” and a fifth season of “Prison Break,” but the subsequent disappointing “24: Legacy” meant that series’ producers have been approaching any further franchise development carefully.

As a result, two potential new “24” series in development last year – a young Jack Bauer prequel and a real-time legal thriller – were both scrapped. Now it has been confirmed that there’s a new concept gaining momentum over the past few months, this one hailing from “The Resident” showrunner Todd Harthan.

Even so, Thorn is approaching talk of revivals carefully: “We continue to talk about 24 and Prison Break as potential spinoffs. There is nothing that is ready to announce on either front but if there is a way to do another 24, we would be thrilled to do it. But it has got to feel special and worthy of doing as opposed to just another season.”

One revival we won’t see? “The O.C.”. Thorn says as much as he’s keen, those involved in the show aren’t interested: “The O.C. will not happen despite my deep passion for it to come back. No one is available, unfortunately. I would be lying if I said ‘I didn’t ask’ every June.” Josh Schwartz created the series which ran for four seasons between 2003 and 2007 and starred the likes of Ben McKenzie, Adam Brody, Mischa Barton and Rachel Bilson.