The New Jack Bauer: Kiefer Sutherland to Star in Fox Supernatural Drama 'Touch'
After eight seasons playing Jack Bauer on the hit show "24", you would think Kiefer Sutherland would take a break for a while. But the actor is set to get back to work soon, as he has been cast in the pilot for the new supernatural drama "Touch."
The show, which was created by "Heroes" mastermind Tim Kring, centers on a father (played by Sutherland), who finds out that his mute, autistic son can predict future events.
Presumably, since this is Kiefer Sutherland we're talking about, he then goes out and kicks some ass while saving the day.
Currently, Sutherland is enjoying a short stint on Broadway in a revival of "That Championship Season", which tells the story of an ailing basketball coach connecting with his former players.
Because of Sutherland's commitment to the play, "Touch" will not start production until late spring or early summer, putting it on schedule to premiere mid-season. "24" was a mid-season show as well, so that might actually be a good move...after all, Sutherland's fans are used to seeing him there.
Sutherland will also produce, so his involvement there and as a cast member make this a likely candidate for a big episode order.
There aren't too many other names attached, but currently Charles McDougall, who directed the pilots for "Desperate Housewives," "The Good Wife," and "The Chicago Code," is in talks to helm the pilot.
Another solid addition to the FOX lineup. Any time you can get the Emmy Award-winning Kiefer Sutherland on board, you know you have a project that will at least run for a couple of seasons. We'll see how audiences accept the supernatural/sci-fi aspects of this new pilot.