Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in "24."

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in "24." Credit: Fox

Kiefer Sutherland, who starred for eight seasons on Fox's "24," is returning to the network, closing a deal to star in and executive-produce the Fox drama pilot "Touch," from "Heroes" creator Tim Kring.

"Touch" centers on a father (Sutherland) who discovers that his autistic, mute son can predict events before they happen.

Because of Sutherland's duties on Broadway, where he currently stars in a revival of Jason Miller's "That Championship Season," "Touch" is expected to start production in late May or early June. The timing would make "Touch" a contender for midseason, where "24" was a longtime staple.

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