FROM outer space perils to down-to-earth turmoil, former Battlestar Galactica actress Katee Sackhoff (Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace) along with Freddie Prinze Jr., Mykelti Williamson, John Boyd, Jennifer Westfeldt and Chris Diamantopoulos have joined the cast of 24 for the show's eight season. The Emmy award-winning drama starring Kiefer Sutherland returns for yet another surprising day with a two-night, four-hour premiere beginning Sunday, January 17th, 2010 from 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. EST/PST on Fox.
Season eight will unfold in New York City amidst the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. In this new day, CTU has been upgraded and is being run by MBA-schooled and razor-sharp head honcho Brian Hastings (Williamson - Forrest Gump). Cole Ortiz (Prinze), an ex-Marine who wants to follow in Jack Bauer's (Sutherland) footsteps, runs the division's field operations. Expert data analyst Dana Walsh (Sackhoff) collaborates with systems analyst Arlo Glass (Boyd - The Notorious Bettie Page) inside CTU. Rob Weiss (Diamantopoulos - The Starter Wife) serves as President Allison Taylor's (Cherry Jones) new chief of staff, and Meredith Reed (Westfeldt - Grey's Anatomy) is an ambitious journalist with ties to the unfolding situation.
Sutherland, Jones, Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe O'Brian) and Annie Wersching (Renee Walker) also return. In addition, Bollywood icon Anil Kapoor of Slumdog Millionaire fame makes his American TV debut as Omar Hassan, a Middle Eastern leader who comes to the U.S. on a peacemaking mission.