Jack is back…well, sort of…

“24” star Kiefer Sutherland will star in a Fox pilot, “Touch” by Heroes creator Tim Kring. The show will start production later this month and is tabbed as a mid-season replacement on the network’s fall schedule. Sutherland committed to the project back in February, but he’s currently starring in the Broadway production of “That Championship Season”.

Touch has a somewhat “Heroes”-type feel, following a group of seemingly unrelated characters – beginning with a former firefighter tormented by his inability to save a dying woman, an Iraqi teenager who will go to great risks to help his family, a gifted singer whose actions at a karaoke bar save lives thousands of miles away and a British businessman desperately trying to retrieve a key piece of information from his lost mobile phone – who affect each other in ways seen and unseen.

At the center of the series is Sutherland’s character, Martin Bohn, whose severely autistic 10-year-old son, Jake, never allows himself to be touched by anyone. The plot lynchpin is when Martin discovers that Jake, although mute, can predict events before they happen using numerical patterns to communicate…and, in the process, tying together the fates of the “seemingly unrelated” characters.

The pilot is Kring’s first since Heroes. He’s joined by Executive Producers Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope (Breakout Kings).

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