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New Season of '24' to Include James Cromwell, Eddie Izzard

September 12th, 2006 2:16pm EDT
James CromwellJames Cromwell and Eddie Izzard are joining the season six cast of 24. The clock for "Day Six" will begin to tick in January, Mondays (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX. Cromwell will recur this season as Phillip Bauer, the estranged father of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), while British actor/comedian Izzard will portray a villainous accomplice, Darren McCrthy.

In addition to Cromwell and Izzard, newcomers joining the pulse-pounding thriller include Kal Penn, Marisol Nichols, Alexander Siddig and Harry Lennix. Eric Balfour and Carlo Rota will reprise their respective roles as CTU contractors Milo Pressman and Morris O'Brian.

24Season five concluded with a battered and bloodied Bauer captured by Chinese government agents and headed for points unknown. Season six picks up 20 months later. Wayne Palmer, the strong-minded brother of the late President David Palmer, is now himself the President of the United States, while his sister, Sandra Palmer, is a determined and powerful advocacy lawyer. After a series of horrific terrorist attacks, Palmer and his team of advisors, Karen Hayes and Thomas Lennox as well as CTU colleagues Chloe O'Brian, Curtis Manning and Bill Buchanan begin an unthinkable, nail-biting day.

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