August 26, 2005

Astin making ’24’ debut in 4-hour opener

By Kimberly Speight

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sean Astin, who starred
in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, is joining the cast of
Fox's real-time drama "24," which will again kick off its
season with four episodes screening on two consecutive nights.

Astin will portray a new addition to the Counter Terrorist
Unit in the drama series, which stars Kiefer Sutherland as
agent Jack Bauer.

The fifth season will premiere with two episodes from 8-10
p.m. January 8, followed by two from 8-10 p.m. January 9 (the
second episode January 9 will be the show's 100th). On January
16, the fifth hour of "24" will air in the show's regular 9
p.m. Monday slot.

The scheduling strategy is designed to let viewers watch an
entire season on a weekly basis without repeats or

Season 5 will pick up 18 months after the fourth season
ended, with Jack presumably dead but actually living a new life
with Diane (Connie Britton) and her son Derek (Brady Corbet).
Jean Smart ("Frasier") is set to play first lady Martha Logan.

Astin is shooting Columbia Pictures' feature film "Click"
opposite Adam Sandler and Kate Beckinsale and has wrapped the
upcoming Lions Gate film "Borderland."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter