Blame it on 24. That’s 24: LEGACY, not to be confused with the original series starring Keifer Sutherland. I never watched it myself. I don’t care for espionage thrillers, unless they have some kind of genre hook to them. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, for example, or THE X-FILES. I hear the show had a lot of fans, though, so it’s not at all surprising that, living in the era of creative bankruptcy as we do, wherein original ideas are flat nonexistent, Fox would decide to go back to that highly fertile cash cow and start milking away. Actor Corey Hawkins will be taking over for Sutherland as 24’s main eventer; otherwise I’m sure the new series will offer more of the same stuff that made the original so popular but failed to snag my interest. Hawkins in the lead is good news for 24 fans. It’s not so good for fans of THE WALKING DEAD.
It just isn’t feasible that Hawkins could headline two major TV series at the same time. And if he’s already signed on with 24: LEGACY, doesn’t that mean he’ll have to sign off of THE WALKING DEAD? The studio behind the latter will then have two choices: recast the character or kill him off. Except the character is still alive in the comics. Would they want to veer that far away from the comics storyline? Would the fans accept it? Probably. But they ain’t gonna like it much.