Powers Boothe has been cast as the new vice president, under new U.S. President Wayne Palmer on the hit Fox drama, 24.

In other news, Mark Deklin has joined ABC's Desparate Housewives, and Kip Pardue has come on board NBC's ER. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Deklin will play Bill Pearce, a handsome widower who gets to know Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) when she becomes a consultant on a pageant his 11-year-old daughter is in. Pardue will play a male nurse who becomes involved with nurse Samantha Taggart (Linda Cardellini).

24 comes back to Fox in January.