'24: Legacy': Tony Almeida character to resurface in Fox spinoff

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By Oriana Schwindt

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Fox's "24: Legacy" isn't going to try to make you forget the name "Jack Bauer," but it is going to make sure you remember the name Eric Carter.

However, that doesn't mean fans won't be seeing at least one familiar face from the original "24": Carlos Bernard will be making an appearance as Tony Almeida, "24: Legacy" producers revealed Saturday at New York Comic Con.

Executive producers Howard Gordon, Manny Coto and Evan Katz declined to reveal more details about Almeida's return.

"He was out washing cars," Coto joked.

The Almeida character hasn't been seen in the original "24"-verse since 2009, when he was sent to prison. However, there was a special short shot just for the DVD edition of the "24: Live Another Day" in which Tony manages to escape, laying the groundwork for his appearance on "Legacy."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 02: Actor Carlos Bernard arrives at the FOX Home Entertainment's '24' Marathon Challenge on December 2, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 20: Actor Carlos Bernard (R), of US TV Series 24 with his mother Mercedes Papierski at the Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Congress at Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre on October 20, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Alphonso Chan/Getty Images for Conde Nast Traveler)
Carlos Bernard '24 Season 7' Dvd Signing At Hmv, London, Britain - 19 Oct 2009, Carlos Bernard (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 19: Carlos Bernard attends a DVD signing session for Series 7 of '24' on October 19, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12: (L-R) Actors Mary Lynn Rajskub, Elisha Cuthbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Annie Wersching and Carlos Bernard pose at the screening of the season finale for Fox's '24' at the Wadsworth Theater on May 12, 2009 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
May 12, 2009 Los Angeles, Ca.; Cherry Jones, Sprague Grayden, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Elisha Cuthbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Annie Wersching, Carlos Bernard and Jon Voight; '24 Season Seven' Season Finale Screening; Held at the Wadsworth Theater (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 21: Actor Carlos Bernard arrives at the 24th Annual Imagen Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 21, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage)
Carlos Bernard who plays Tony Almeida in US Cult television series '24' sighted arriving at Radio One on October 16, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 19: Carlos Bernard attends a DVD signing session for Series 7 of '24' on October 19, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

"I think Almeida's going to shake some things up," "24: Legacy" star Corey Hawkins said. Hawkins plays Carter, a former Army Ranger with a dark past who becomes involved with CTU, the covert operations agency at the heart of the "24" franchise. The Almeida character was a turncoat CTU agent.

"24: Legacy" will bow Feb. 5, after the Super Bowl on Fox.

"It's a huge vote of confidence from Fox," Hawkins said of the post-Super Bowl premiere slot. With 2014's "24: Live Another Day," the series went from 24 episodes to 12 episodes (with a time-jump), a length that has its pros and cons, according to producers.

"Twelve episodes is half as fun," Katz said. With more episodes you could take a little more time, slow down a little, and give characters a little more time to breathe. At the same time, it was sometimes difficult to fill all 24 episodes with the thrills required, producers said.

"About episode 17 the storytelling got a little dire," Coto admitted.

And thus the compromise of 12 episodes that still take place in real-time. "Real-time is the storytelling engine we love," Gordon said. "It's really so unique, it's so adrenalized."

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