When 1,600-plus foreign buyers convened in Los Angeles for this year’s International Screenings, familiar fare was on display. The broadcast networks offered up slates packed with reboots, spinoffs and other series based on existing IP that generated big buzz.
Despite initial concerns about a Kiefer Sutherland-less 24, new star Corey Hawkins impressed buyers. Says 20th international TV president Marion Edwards of the terrorism drama’s allure: “All the clients have said, ‘Gosh, it feels so current and so universal. These are issues that people are worried about.’ “
Broadcasting & Cable has a quote from Brian Hughes, senior VP, audience analysis practice lead, Magna Global:
I think Corey Hawkins, the lead in 24: Legacy, has got a big career ahead of him. He’s already proven to be a versatile actor, and whether the show is as successful as its predecessors or not, it will dispel any doubts about his credibility as a leading man.