Kiefer Sutherland announces first TV role since ’24’

Actor will leave Jack Bauer behind to star in new series from 'Heroes' creator Tim Kring

Kiefer Sutherland has announced his first TV role since hit show 24 came to an end.

The long-running counter-terrorism drama came to an end in 2010 after eight action-packed series. Sutherland, who starred as the show’s near-invincible hero Jack Bauer, confirmed he’s accepted a job on new series Touch.

Sutherland will star as ex-jourmalist Martin Bohm, a man struggling to connect with his mute son Jake (David Mazouz), who has a gift for being able to predict the future. When Martin discovers Jake’s genius and the connections he makes with numbers, he contacts gifted-child expert Arthur DeWitt, played by Lethal Weapon‘s Danny Glover.

Touch has been created by Tim Kring, best known as the brains behind Heroes, which also came to an end in 2010 after four years on air.

Talking to Reuters, Sutherland said: “Every once in a while, you encounter a piece of material that you cannot say ‘no’ to.”

He went on to explain he can’t wait for another chance to work with the Fox network, who produced 24.

The broadcaster have ordered 13 episodes of Touch, which will premiere in 2012.

Watch an interview with Sutherland talking about saying goodbye to 24 below.