FOX has announced its main cast for the upcoming 6th season of 24, and there are a few surprises among the bunch. 24, with its willingness to kill off main characters with little remorse, has had a revolving door of a cast throughout its first five years. Season 6 will be no different. Although there are some familiar faces in the group, there are also a couple of surprises.
Besides the main cast, there will surely be some cameos. One of these confirmed cameos will be by James Cromwell as Jack Bauer’s father.
There are other questions. Will we see Kim Bauer? How about Mike Novak? Aaron Pierce? Charles Logan?
24, as it is wont to do, will certainly surprise viewers during the course of the season with old, familiar faces. Let’s take a look at the main cast for this coming season.
Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer
24 wouldn’t be 24 without Jack Bauer. And, even more so, Jack Bauer wouldn’t be Jack Bauer without Kiefer Sutherland. Jack will be here as long as 24 exists. This season, we get to see Jack as he gets out of Chinese custody, wearing a monstrous beard.
Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O’Brian
I wrote an Ode to Chloe yesterday so, obviously, I’m a fan. It’s notable that Mary Lynn Rajskub will receive second billing in the credits this season, now only behind Kiefer Sutherland.
DB Woodside as Wayne Palmer
Ah, President Palmer. It sounds good, doesn’t it? David Palmer’s little brother, prominent last season, is the new president for season 6. As we know, the president always plays a major role, which is a good thing now that Woodside has inhabited it.
James Morrison as Bill Buchanan
Buchanan isn’t the flashiest of characters, but he is steady and a calming force at CTU. It’s safe to presume that he has been reinstated as the Head of CTU, at the request of Karen Hayes.
Jayne Atkinson as Karen Hayes
Karen Hayes was the leader of the Homeland takeover of CTU last season, but I think it’s likely that she’ll be gone from CTU, at least at the start of the season. Watch for a romance between her and Buchanan that was foreshadowed in the final episode of season 5.
Carlo Rota as Morris O’Brian
Morris is an audio expert, as well as Chloe’s ex-husband. He was introduced, briefly, in the final two episodes of last season. He is a charming, portly ladies man with an obvious history with Chloe, making him an interesting character coming into the season.
Eric Balfour as Milo Pressman
You may remember Milo from the early episodes of season 1. He has not appeared since. With all the deaths in the CTU ranks, Milo will probably serve as one of Chloe’s underlings.
Marisol Nichols as Nadia “Natalie” Yassir
This is a new character who will be working as Bill Buchanan’s second in command. If there’s a candidate for a traitor within CTU, she might be it. One thing: she is very attractive, which never hurts.
Regina King as Sandra Palmer
Regina King is one of the more underrated actresses out there. Check out her IMDB page. As the wife and First lady to Wayne Palmer, let’s hope she’s a little more steady than the last two prominent First Ladies on 24.
Peter MacNicol as Thomas Lennox
Another new character, Lennox will be an adviser to President Palmer. You may remember MacNicol from Ally McBeal, I choose to remember him as the bad guy from Ghostbusters 2. To each his own.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer