Kiefer Sutherland Circling Return to TV in Fox Pilot

9:53 PM PST 02/17/2011 by Kimberly Nordyke
Kiefer Sutherland

The former "24" star is in preliminary talks for "Touch," from "Heroes" creator Tim Kring.

Kiefer Sutherland, who starred for eight seasons on Fox's 24, might be reuniting with the network.

The actor is in preliminary talks to play the lead role in Touch, a drama pilot from Heroes creator Tim Kring, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment, centers on a father who discovers that his mute, autistic son can actually predict events before they happen. Sutherland would play the father.

Touch, developed as a spec script, marks Kring's first pilot script since Heroes, which debuted on NBC in 2006. He is executive producing with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.

Sutherland is still in early negotiations and a deal could fall through due to his schedule. He is starring in the Broadway revival of That Championship Season, which began previews last week.

Sutherland, the rare proven TV star, is one of the most in-demand actors for pilots since 24 ended its run. He played CTU agent Jack Bauer on 24 -- also from 20th TV -- from 2001-10 and earned an Emmy for the role in 2006.

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