In a somewhat unexpected move, Kiefer Sutherland has decided to return to a network television series rather quickly, after an eight year stint as “24” CTU Agent, Jack Bauer. Frankly, I count myself among those who are also (happily) surprised a series would take him on so quickly, after some run-ins with the law and battles with alcohol that earned him a short jail term. But happily, our once lost boy seems to be hanging onto his sobriety and his career. Sutherland just finished filming on Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, has a prominent role in the upcoming Broadway show, That Championship Season and has now signed on as the lead in Tim Kring’s (Heroes) new pilot for Fox, “Touch.” Touted as a great script (“the best Fox has”), “Touch” stars Sutherland as a father who finds out his mute, autistic son can predict the future. Though we haven’t much information about the show, I like the idea of Kiefer playing a dad and showing more of his emotional side; some of his best “24” scenes were of Jack Bauer in moments of vulnerability and near his breaking point. Both Kring and Fox must really have wanted Sutherland and he must really have wanted the role, because they all had to do some juggling to work around the Broadway show schedule. So here’s hoping the show gets picked up and we have the opportunity to see Kiefer go deep. With the new roles he’s been taking, I have this feeling that the second half of his career, the junior Sutherland is going to kick ass.
Then again, maybe he is still drinking since he seems insistent that the “24” feature film is still happening…er, Kiefer? No one gives a shit about that anymore.