Peter MacNicol is giving new meaning to the word “multitask.”
MacNicol, one of the stars of CBS’ “Numb3rs,” is joining the cast of Fox’s real-time drama, “24,” as a series regular, the network announced Monday.
The 52-year-old actor will portray a high-ranking government official in the sixth season of “24,” beginning in January. MacNicol won an Emmy Award in 2001 for his role as eccentric lawyer John Cage on Fox’s “Ally McBeal.”
MacNicol plays physicist Dr. Larry Fleinhardt on “Numb3rs,” which also stars Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz.
“24,” which stars Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, tracks a federal agent’s anti-terrorism exploits hour by hour, episode by episode.
The series has been nominated for a leading 12 Emmys, including outstanding drama series and outstanding lead actor in a drama series for Sutherland.
The Emmys are scheduled to air Aug. 27 on NBC, with Conan O’Brien as host of the ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.