First Look: Freddie Prinze Jr. in '24'

24-sutherland-prinze_lBack in May, we found out that Sarah Michelle Gellar hubby Freddie Prinze Jr. would be a big part of the upcoming season 8 of Fox’s 24 (which premieres Jan. 17), but now we’ve got an EW exclusive first look at one of his early scenes with Keifer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer.

The former teen heartthrob plays Cole Ortiz, head of field operations for a reconstituted CTU in New York City, where the action takes place in the upcoming season. “We’ve attempted to call him a young Jack Bauer, but he really is his own character,” says 24 executive producer Howard Gordon.

Much of Prinze’s storyline concerns his character’s romantic relationship with Dana Walsh, an agent at CTU played Katee Sackhoff. (Sci-fi nerds, try to contain yourself!) “We’ve got a really interesting story to tell with these two,” adds Gordon. “What we learn in short order is that she may not be who she says she is, and it has to do with her past, which comes back to haunt her in the present. This wonderful Boy Scout is about to learn that the woman who he’s about to marry—she’s kind of the perfect girl—has secrets. In the tradition of 24, work and personal lives don’t mix.”

But now to the big question: Does he get along with top-dog Jack Bauer? “The dynamic is that, from the very first moment, Cole is enamored with Jack,” Gordon reveals. “But he has a few encounters with his hero that make him question that—sometimes you don’t want to meet your heroes. But the two wind up having a great deal of respect for each other.” But is that a revelation? Anybody who watches 24 knows you better have respect for Jack Bauer—or, well, you know.

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  • Josh

    “‘He was surprisingly adept at holding a gun, which was a little disconcerting,’ says Gordon with a laugh.” – Um, unaware of family history much, Gordon???

    • A

      You are an ass. That was not funny. How is suicide funny man? You are a disgrace to the human race you moron!

    • A

      Sorry that was not directed at you Josh, I meant it towards Gordon, because I read he did know the family history…..hell I overreacted…….sorry to all.

  • phyllis sanders

    I can’t wait for 24 and Jack to start, it is my favorite show. Just love Jack.

  • JaySin420

    Jack might as well snap his neck right there and save us all the time of getting to know him.

  • mikey

    I’d be more interested if the teaser was that Fred the Mystery Machine Driver didn’t have respect for Jack or might cross him in some way because then — well, you know.

  • Isaiah

    I don’t particularly like him as a actor, but for the sake of 24, I’m willing to give Freddie a chance. I will judge his performance this season in Puma Traps. If he’s really bad in one episode, he gets 5 Puma Traps. If he’s particularly good, he’ll only get 1.

    Good luck Freddie

  • yeahandalso

    horay for Mr. SMG

  • S.O.

    Still am into “24” but the last several seasons are looking the same. Big devastation by Hour 4, a mole in CTU/FBI, 5 different bad guys by the end, Jack all sad & contemplating suicide by the 24th hour. The writers need to finally end a great show & not leave up dragging & guessing.

    • carol

      I think the show is still great and entertaining, but we all have different tastes!

  • t3hdow

    As long as Cole doesn’t turn out as terrible as season 6’s Mike Doyle, I don’t care. Nobody can possibly be more unlikable than that smug Jack Bauer imitation.

    • hope

      i know right? i hated the jerk since i first set eyes on him

  • diane

    cant wait for Jack to be back. dont really give a rats behind about freddie. sorry man

  • Berry

    Would be a lot more excited to hear that James Marsters was joining the cast. Freddie…not so much.

  • Brit

    SUPER excited about Katee Sackhoff!

  • carol

    A fangirl EEEE at seeing one of the first season 8 pics. I think FPJ will be good in the role.

  • Adam

    Well atleast we know that Jack pulls out of his coma…

  • hannah

    I am excited to see Freddie in 24. He said this is his best project himself and we can give him a shot. Don’t judge before you see him.

    • amj

      I have never seen an episode of 24 but I might tune in to see Freddie!!!! Love him!!!

  • Jay

    All projects Prinze Jr was in ended up sucking! He is a really bad actor, not even with blonde hair driving the mystery machine he convinced me…or in the jack and jill against the world (worst romantic comedy ever slower than notting hill and less excited than lady in the water hahaha)yeah let’s wait and see..but Could this mediocre actor destroy or give more importance to 24?

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