24 star Kiefer Sutherland is returning to TV next year. Fox has ordered the father-son drama Touch for a midseason debut.

The project is notable for anther big TV name: Touch will be producer Tim Kring’s first project since Heroes ended its four-season run in 2010. Touch focuses on a single dad struggling to understand his mute son, who begins to show extrasensory powers. Danny Glover will co-star as a specialist in his son’s condition.

Touch will probably bow in the spring of 2012, with a 13-episode order that should have it airing until the beginning of summer. For those keeping score, that means Fox will have three new science fiction shows: Touched, Terra Nova and Alcatraz.

The show has been in active development for about a year, and gained a high-profile boost from Sutherland’s casting in February. Fox is developing Touch in-house with help from Chemin Entertainment, which was also working on the well-received Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Peter Chemin, Sutherland and former Jericho writer, Carol Barbee, will serve as executive producers alongside Kring.

Touch comes from Heroes creator Tim Kring.

While Sutherland and Glover are clearly the star attractions, the show will lean heavily on the dramatic talents of newcomer David Mazouz, who’ll play Sutherland’s extraordinary son. The 10-year-old character can’t speak, but he has an incredible analytical ability that borders on precognition. Mazouz will also narrate the series.

After eight seasons of success on 24, it’s understandable that Fox is happy to have Sutherland back in a regular role. Network president Kevin Reilly had this to say:

Touch is another ambitious series from Tim Kring that is beautifully executed and has incredibly resonant themes for our times. With Kiefer back on the network as the face and force behind this creative new series, I’m confident it will resonate with viewers this spring.

With the network leaning so heavily on Sutherland’s involvement, it’ll be interesting to see how the show is received. Based on early plot details, Both 24 and Heroes fans will be looking at a horse of a different color. Reviews of the script indicate a thoughtful and nuanced examination of a strange situation, not an action/special effects show.

Touch is currently scheduled for a spring, 2012 debut on Fox.

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Source: The Wrap