Time right for Garofalo on '24'


The political left and the political right are going to meet on Fox's "24" this coming season.

Actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo, an outspoken liberal, is set to co-star on the conservative-leaning real-time drama, whose co-creator/executive producer Joel Surnow jokingly describes himself as a "right-wing nut job."

On the Imagine TV/20th Century Fox TV series, Garofalo will play a government agent who is part of the team investigating the crisis befalling Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) and company in the upcoming season.

Garofalo is the second major cast addition to the action drama, which is going through a major revamping coming off a lackluster sixth season. Cherry Jones was tapped last month to play the new president (HR 7/21).

After two production delays related to major changes to the story line, "24" is now slated to begin production on its seventh season Sept. 10 (HR 8/16).

Garofalo's most recent TV series gig was a role on "The West Wing," Aaron Sorkin's left-leaning White house drama for NBC.

She starred on CBS' legal drama pilot presentation from Barry Schindel this past development season and lended her voice to the hit Walt Disney Co./Pixar animated feature "Ratatouille." She next appears in the Lifetime telefilm "Binky."

On the political side, Garofalo has been a vocal critic of the Iraq War. She also did a stint as a co-host on liberal radio network Air America.