During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), composer Sean Callery describes returning to the world of “24” with “24: Legacy” as, “a little bit of groundhog day.” Callery won three Emmys for scoring the original iteration of this counter-terrorism thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland (Best Score in 2003, 2006, and 2010), so returning to the franchise with a fresh protagonist (Corey Hawkins) seemed like a no-brainer. “The DNA of the show was still there, even though you had a new set of characters,” adds Callery. “So it was familiar and new at the same time.”
This year also found Callery continuing his work on “Homeland,” a counter-terrorism thriller of a different breed. “It continues to be probably to most challenging series for me,” he divulges, “because it’s a very transparent score that is so minimal.” In underscoring the saga of CIA operative Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), he explains, “you have to be so present watching the show,” and be aware of, “what happens to you organically.”
We also spoke about his work on “Designated Survivor,” which stars Sutherland as a low level Cabinet member who suddenly becomes President of the United States following a catastrophic event. “I find the show to be fundamentally uplifting,” he reveals, pointing to his themes for Sutherland’s long, patriotic speeches. “It’s fun to be charged with the task of scoring something that kind of makes you rise up and be a little happier.”
Callery received seven additional nominations for his work on the original “24” and a fourth Emmy last year for “Jessica Jones” (Main Title Theme). He competed three more times for Main Title Theme (“The Kennedys” in 2011, “Homeland” in 2012, and “Elementary” in 2013), once for Movie/Mini Score (“24: Live Another Day” in 2015), once for Score (“Minority Report” in 2016), and once for Sound Editing (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” in 1993).
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