Kiefer Sutherland Eyes Return to TV With Fox Pilot From Heroes Creator Tim Kring

Kiefer Sutherland is mulling a return to prime time with another Fox series.

The 24 star is in negotiations to topline Touch, a drama pilot from Heroes creator Tim Kring. Produced, like 24, by 20th Century Fox TV, Touch centers on a father (the role Sutherland has been offered) who discovers that his autistic, mute son can predict events before they happen.

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Kring wrote the project on spec, his first pilot script since Heroes. Charles McDougall, who has helmed the pilots for ABC’s Desperate Housewives, CBS’ The Good Wife and, most recently, Fox’s The Chicago Code, is in talks to direct.

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Complicating matters, however, are Sutherland’s duties on Broadway, where he currently stars in a revival of Jason Miller’s That Championship Season. The play, which marks Sutherland’s Broadway debut, opened last week.

Sutherland, repped by CAA and Management 360, spent eight seasons on 24 playing CTU agent Jack Bauer. It became his signature role and earned him an Emmy Award in 2006.