…but even I might have to tune in this year, given how many people are going to be in the cast this season.

Now signed on: Rick Schroder.

According to this morning’s Fox press release, Schroder will play forceful CTU Operative Mike Doyle, who teams with Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) to execute crucial field operations. He joins a list of notable newcomers this season, including Chad Lowe (“ER”), Powers Boothe (“Deadwood”), Peter MacNicol (“Ally McBeal”), Regina King (“Ray”), James Cromwell (“Babe”), Kal Penn (“Harold & Kumar”), Marisol Nichols (“In Justice”), Alexander Siddig (“Syriana” / “Deep Space Nine”), David Hunt (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) and Harry Lennix (“Commander in Chief”). Emmy nominees Jean Smart and Gregory Itzin return for another day as First Lady Martha Logan and President Charles Logan, while Eric Balfour and Carlo Rota reprise their respective roles as CTU contractors Milo Pressman and Morris O’Brian.

24 cast season 6

The clock for “Day Six” starts ticking with a highly anticipated 2-night, 4-hour television event Sunday, Jan. 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Monday, Jan. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (The show’s regular time period premiere is Monday, Jan. 22, at 9:00 PM ET / PT.)