24: Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins Season 8 - Featured

I'll just get over the surprise for a moment, if you may. What?

Okay. Now that's done, I'll get to it: Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello reports that Freddie Prinze, Jr. has taken a major role in the upcoming season of 24. Yep, he who appeared in the Scooby-Doo films and lent his name to the quick-fizzle sitcom Freddie. And yep, he who knows what you did last summer.

Perhaps the bigger surprise is what he's been cast in. He'll play Davis Cole, a former military man who now heads the field operations unit of the revived CTU in New York. His character is apparently a Marine who's returned from duty in the Middle East, and is readjusting to civilian life. His character also has that love angle coming in; he's romantically involved with Dayna Pakkala, an analyst at the CTU who's yet to be cast.

Oh, and one more thing: he's a big admirer of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), and aspires to follow the same career path as him.

Prinze is the latest to join the cast of the action series' eighth season. He joins John Boyd, who will play geeky-slash-hip CTU analyst Jonah Schwartz; Jennifer Westfeldt, who will play ambitious journalist Meredith Reed; Chris Diamantopoulos, as tough White House chief-of-staff Rob Weiss; and, of course, Anil Kapoor as Middle Eastern leader Arman Hashemi.

As for Prinze, well, this isn't his first serious role--after those gooey (for lack of a better term) films, he did take a serious route, like in 2007's Brooklyn Rules--but I'll have a little time to get used to the idea of him as a military man. I still have the same reaction on my face as the moment I saw news of Prinze's casting on Twitter. I guess he's been typecast as this cutesy guy--he is, after all, the husband of Sarah Michelle Gellar--but I won't be surprised if it turns out very differently.

Production for the eighth 24 season has kicked off, and while we wait for January, well, we can discuss this. Your thoughts?

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