The 24 body count was upped again Monday, with the announcement that NYPD Blue alum Rick Schroder is coming on board for the Emmy-winning series’ sixth season.
Schroder, 36, plays CTU operative Mike Doyle, Jack’s go-to man in the field, when Day 6 begins Sunday, Jan. 14, on Fox in a two-hour season premiere, with the next two hours playing out Jan. 15 as part of a multinight “television event.”
The former child star (“Here we are, face to face, a couple of Silver Spoons…”) is the latest in a string of notable names who have joined the show during the off-season, replenishing the ranks of a cast that is inevitably depleted year after year by radiation poisoning, nerve gas, shootouts and massive (yet not apocalyptic—thanks, Jack) explosions.
Here’s a quick rundown of the new yet familiar faces you’ll be seeing around the counterterrorism watercooler in 2007:
Meanwhile, Jean Smart and William Devane return, respectively, as the now former first lady and the secretary of defense who apparently didn’t kill himself at the end of season five.
Mary Lynn Rajskub is also back as the plucky Chloe, who has had the fifth most face time of any castmember in the show’s history, having managed to stay alive since season three.