Actor Kiefer Sutherland's new series Touch is slated to debut in 2012. (Associated Press)

Kiefer Sutherland is returning to television in 2012, in a new show from the creator of the sci-fi drama Heroes.

Fox has ordered 13 episodes of Touch, in which the Canadian actor will portray a single father raising an autistic son who has visions of events before they happen.

The network, which broadcast Sutherland's hit counterterrorism series 24, described the new show as a "distinct and colourful drama in which science and spirituality intersect."

"Touch is another ambitious series from Tim Kring that is beautifully executed and has incredibly resonant themes for our times," Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said in a statement.

Set to debut in spring 2012, It's the first series for Kring following the conclusion of Heroes. The cast will also include Danny Glover, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and young actor David Mazouz, who will play Sutherland's son.

Since the end of 24 in 2010Sutherland has participated in several different projects, including the Lars von Trier film Melancholia and the web series The Confession.