'24' may be coming back to Fox; 'The X-Files' probably isn't

Kiefer Sutherland at the 100th episode & 5th season premiere party of Fox TV show '24' held at the Cabana Club in Los Angeles, California on Jan. 7, 2006. (Dimitri Halkidis / WENN)

Action thriller "24" may be heading back to TV.

The show's creators, Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran, are developing a fresh take on the real-time drama, which initially starred Kiefer Sutherland and counter-terrorism expert Jack Bauer, with some insiders at 20th Century Fox suggesting the new series could be led by a woman.

The concept of the show last appeared on TV in 2016 and 2107, when Corey Hawkins led the cast of "24: Legacy."

Confirming the news on Monday, Fox chairman Dana Walden said, "We are very excited about where the show would go."

There could be a role for Sutherland in the new version - his most recent TV series, "Designated Survivor," was cancelled last week.

During the Fox upfronts press conference, another Fox chairman, Gary Newman, confirmed the most recent run of "The X-Files" would be the sci-fi show's last following star Gillian Anderson's decision not to return to TV as Agent Dana Scully.

"It’s been a great show for the network but there are no plans to do another season at the moment," Newman said.