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Kiefer Sutherland promotes his new drama, "Touch," at the Television Critics winter press tour on Sunday.
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updated 1/8/2012 2:34:38 PM ET 2012-01-08T19:34:38

Kiefer Sutherland’s new FOX drama, “Touch” is on its way later this month, but it won’t keep the actor from making the “24” movie, set to begin production shortly.

“The status on the movie — hopefully we will be shooting at the end of April, beginning of May,” the actor said on Sunday the FOX portion of the Television Critics Association Winter Session in Pasadena.

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“Touch,” from “Heroes” boss Tim Kring, stars Kiefer as a single father, Martin Bohm, who has an 11-year-old, emotionally challenged son, Jake (David Mazouz), who can’t communicate through normal methods, but has a unique connection with the world.

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Kiefer said he wasn’t planning to head back to television so soon, but the role of playing a father trying to communicate with his unique son in this drama with a twist, was too had to pass up.

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“The commitment to a television show, in the case of ’24,’ was eight years, so if you’re gonna do something potentially for another eight years, you want it to be something that you can really sink your teeth in, that’s gonna be different and… interesting for this next period of time,” he said. “Even though this series offers many opportunities to play a different character, the real choice to do this was not because I wanted to get away from ‘24.’ The reason why I could not turn this down was because it spoke to me on a really profound level.”

Kiefer said he was emotionally affected by his first reading of the script, and it was his second read of the project that brought him on board.

Since signing on, Kiefer said conversations with his boss, Tim Kring, have left him more committed to the project.

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“He had kind of talked about ‘Touch’ and said, ‘You know, at some point you start to realize you have to be responsible for what you’re gonna say,’” Kiefer recounted. “And if there was anything I wanted to be a part of saying, it was kind of the beautiful idea of interconnectivity and the responsibility that we have to each other as people, as a race, and to this planet. And so for all of those reasons, that’s why I chose to do the show.”

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A preview of “Touch” airs on Wednesday, January 25 at 9/8c on FOX.

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