"And the winner of this season's Most Valuable Player on 24 Award is...
Peter MacNicol's Tom Lennox." ~EW, May 2007
24: Redemption: Nov. 23, 2008
Season 6 premeire: Jan. 14 and 15, 2007.
"24, The Official Companion Season 6" book release: Feb. 26, 2008
Official website at FOX
Peter MacNicol joined the cast of 24 for its 6th season, playing President Palmer's
advisor and Chief of Staff, Thomas Lennox. (Note: MacNicol and Powers Boothe,
who plays Vice President Daniels, co-starred in the 1990 HBO movie "By Dawn's
Sept./Oct. 2007, 24 Magazine: interview with Powers Boothe:
On working with Peter MacNicol, aka Tom Lennox: "I love working with him. I've
known Peter for 30 years but this is the first time I've ever worked with him. I had
met him in New York where he did a play with my friend Beth Henley. I've admired
his work a long time and enjoyed working with him."
March/April 2007, 24 Magazine, interview with Jayne Atkinson:
Question: Karen locks horns with fellow advisor Thomas Lennox a lot this season?
JA: Peter MacNicol [as Thomas Lennox] and I have a great rapport as actors. He is a very smart man and
the two of us have a great time when we have scenes together. We get very heated and hot and as an
actor, the way we get to play together is fantastic. It's why you want to do this, so you have a chance to
flex your acting muscles. One of my most favorite scenes is a fight with Peter, where we really go at it.
Working it out with him and the writers was really great. You have two very intelligent people who have
very good points to make and they are at different sides of the issue. There are gray zones and it's not
black and white. It's intelligent. What I love about the scene is that we aren't talking down to our audience
at all. In fact, we're talking up to them and I really like that.
2/19/07 TV Guide, Cheers & Jeers: Cheers to Peter MacNicol for giving his trademark squirreliness a dark
new spin on 24. As scheming presidential advisor Thomas Lennox, the Numb3rs refugee has ditched quirky
tics for Machiavellian sleaze. MacNicol might just win a dramatic supporting actor Emmy to his comedic
statuette for Ally McBeal.
2/12/07 Entertainment Weekly's special pullout booklet on 24:
NEW CHARACTER: Thomas Lennox/Peter MacNicol
First Appearance: Episode 1, season 6
What's His Story? As President Wayne Palmer's chief of staff, Lennox is the architect behind the
administration's tough security plan to combat terrorists. But his strident views don't seem to jibe with
certain adherents to the Constitution, namely Sandra Palmer (Regina King), the president's sister, who's a
civil rights lawyer. "He's very much a neocon," explains MacNicol, who filmed his role as nerdy crime solver
Dr. Larry Fleinhardt on Numb3rs and the first few episodes of his 24 gig simultaneously. "He believes in
taking draconian measures."
What the Producers Say: [Exec producer Howard] Gordon says 24 exists in a parallel universe, so nobody --
not even, say, Vice President Dick Cheney -- served as an inspiration for Lennox. Still this prickly dude sure
seems familiar. "He's the presidential advisor, so he's a little bit like a Vulcan," explains Gordon. "He
provides the cold, calculated analysis of the situation, but sometimes the finer points of emotion and
kindness are lost on him. He has a big blind spot." Again, not based on anybody.
Just Tell Him Where to Stand: MacNicol was one of the last actors cast for season 6 -- and only had a few
days to screen the first five seasons -- before he had to jump aboard Jack Bauer's crazy train. He began his
stint without knowing much more than his character's name, not to mention whether he'll turn into another
damn, dirty liar in the White House who wants Jack dead. "I'm sure it's fun for the producers," admits
MacNicol. "It's fun for me, but it is a very curious way of working. It's a bit like painting a self-portrait with
the easel in front of you but the canvas behind you. You really don't know where you're going."
1/16/07: FOX releases "24 -- Season 6 Premiere" DVD with the first four hours of the season, plus a
preview of hour five.
12/8/06: "First Look at '24' Season 6," EW.
7/10/06: "'24' Adds MacNicol to the Mix," Zap2it.