Mandi Bierly
May 28, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

As our own Michael Ausiello reported, Freddie Prinze Jr. is joining the cast of Fox’s 24 as CTU’s head of Field Ops. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’ll play David Cole, “a recently returned Marine who…wants to follow in Jack Bauer’s (Kiefer Sutherland) footsteps.”

I’m loving this for many reasons. (1) He will be able to help support the child that he and wife Sarah Michelle Gellar are having. (2) This means that someone who took a job with the WWE, because he was a fan, can be taken seriously again. And (3) It’s possible that I’m not the only one who saw 2001’s Head Over Heels, in which Prinze stars as an undercover agent posing as a fashion exec — and didn’t totally hate it. Who else is happy for Freddie?

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