Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love Kiefer Sutherland? If there is, I think it could only be because they haven’t seen his ridiculously amazing performance throughout the eight seasons of 24.

The man is a living legend, and I love how in the past eight or so years, there have come to be as many Jack Bauer jokes as there are Chuck Norris ones. For example,

Jack Bauer doesn’t get drunk, whiskey gets Bauered.

Now, with 24’s eight seasons finally over, we have the absolutely fantastic news that Sutherland will be returning to TV with another man who has brought an immensely popular show to our screens in recent years, Heroes creator Tim Kring, Collider report.

Kring’s Heroes only ran for half as long as Sutherland’s 24, but both managed to gain a huge following pretty much right from the get-go, and in my opinion, both shows have been two of the best on television in the past few years. With Kring and Sutherland now working together on a new show, Touched, things can’t go wrong.

The show was announced back in May this year, but Fox have now officially ordered thirteen episodes, which is fantastic news. It may only be half-a-season’s worth of episodes so far, but if this first season goes well, hopefully we could see a full twenty-four episodes billed for next year.

Water for Elephants’ Francis Lawrence has directed the pilot, and David Mazouz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Danny Glover all co-star. The new series will start airing in the States in the spring of 2012, which is terrific to hear because that’s really not that far away at all. Hopefully it will be a huge success, and we can look forward to several more seasons pairing Kring and Sutherland in years to come. For now, I’ll leave you with the show’s great synopsis.

“At the center of TOUCH is MARTIN BOHM (Sutherland), a widower and single father, haunted by an inability to connect to his mute 11-year-old son, JAKE (David Mazouz). After multiple failed attempts at keeping Jake in school, Martin is visited by CLEA HOPKINS (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a social worker sent to evaluate Jake’s well-being. Everything changes when Martin discovers that Jake possesses the gift of staggering genius – the ability to see things that no one else can and the patterns that connect seemingly unrelated events. Jake is indeed communicating. But it’s not with words, it’s with numbers. Martin meets ARTHUR DEWITT (Danny Glover), a professor and an expert on children who possess special gifts when it comes to numbers. Now, it’s up to Martin to decipher the meaning and connect the numbers to the cast of characters whose lives they affect.”