After playing Cole Ortiz on FOX’s 24, Freddie Prinze Jr. heads to cable this summer to take on a lighter, and hopefully funnier role. According to Fancast, the 34-year-old actor will be joining the cast of Psych for its fifth season, which kicks off on Wednesday, July 14.

Freddie Prinze Jr., who is expected to grace USA Network’s police procedural comedy for at least one episode, will be appearing as Dennis, Shawn and Gus’ old pal who was once a nerd. And though Dennis is still pretty much a geek, he turns out to be “a mega wealthy one.” Interestingly, he also shares Shawn and Gus’ interest in extraterrestrial beings.

Aside from 24, Freddie Prinze Jr. is credited for his roles on Boston Legal, Freddie, and the I Know What You Did Last Summer film franchise.

Are you looking forward to Freddie Prinze’s role on Psych? For now, check out the following the photos from the fifth season premiere:

Kris De Leon

Staff Writer, BuddyTV