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Kiefer Sutherland Eyes TV Return With Fox Drama Pilot From ‘Heroes’ Creator

By | Thursday February 17, 2011 @ 8:02pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Kiefer Sutherland is mulling a return to primetime with another Fox drama. The 24 star is in negotiations to topline drama pilot Touch, from Heroes creator Tim Kring. Like 24, Touch is produced by 20th Century Fox TV. Co-produced by Chernin Entertainment, Touch centers on a father (the role Sutherland has been offered) who discovers that his autistic, mute son can predict events before they happen. Kring wrote the project, his first pilot script since Heroes, on spec. Charles McDougall, who has helmed the pilots for ABC’s Desperate Housewives, ABC’s The Good Wife and, most recently, Fox’s The Chicago Code, is in talks to direct.

Complicating things are Sutherland’s duties on Broadway where he currently stars in a revival of the Jason Miller’s That Championship Season. The play, which marks Sutherland’s Broadway debut, opened last week. In order for Sutherland to be able to do Touch, its production may have to be pushed. Sutherland, repped by CAA and Management 360, spent eight seasons on 24 playing CTU agent Jack Bauer. It became his signature role and earned him an Emmy Award in 2006.

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Fox Picks Up Tim Kring Drama Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

Heroes creator Tim Kring is back with his first pilot since the superhero NBC drama, and this time, it is at Fox. Fox has given a pilot order to Touch, another project with supernatural overtones from Kring, which is being produced by 20th TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment. Touch centers on a father who discovers that his autistic, mute son can actually predict events before they happen. Kring wrote the project on spec, his first pilot script since Heroes. It was developed internally at Chernin Entertainment with the company’s head of TV Katherine Pope who had remained close with Kring after shepherding Heroes while at NBC and UMS. Because of 20th TV relationship with Fox, the spec was taken out to Fox first, and the network quickly gave it a pilot green light. Kring, Peter Chernin and Pope are executive producing Touch, one of two pilots picked up at Fox today. The network also greenlighted Little in Common, a single-camera comedy from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas.

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