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The 45-year-old was lured back to TV because, like “24,” the show gives audiences something fresh and unique: an international outlook. The first episode alone has scenes set in New York, London, Dublin, Tokyo and Baghdad and features actors from several countries.

“We spend so much time talking and making films and television and our news about the divisive things between human beings, what makes us different,” Mr. Sutherland told the Associated Press. “It’s been a long time since I saw someone approach something from the perspective of, ‘What are the things that we have in common?’ “

So Mr. Sutherland is going from gun-wielding Jack Bauer in “24” to struggling single dad Martin Bohm in “Touch,” which centers on Martin’s relationship with his 11-year-old son, Jake, played by David Mazouz.

Wrongly diagnosed as autistic, Jake has never spoken. But he has an obsessive connection to patterns and an ability to predict events around the world before they happen.

“Touch” premieres March 22 on Fox.

Mystery witness latest twist in ‘Housewives’ trial

The trial over Nicollette Sheridan’s firing from “Desperate Housewives” featured one last twist Monday with the disclosure of a mystery witness who has indicated show officials tried to cover up correspondence related to the actress.

A judge ordered the man to appear in court Tuesday morning to determine whether he will become one of the final witnesses that jurors considering the case will hear from. The man, who was identified as Michael Reinhart, left a message for Miss Sheridan’s attorney Sunday afternoon stating that he mistakenly received an email that suggested messages related to Miss Sheridan’s departure would be purged.

The man on the message said he didn’t want to become involved in the case, but by day’s end had become the latest intriguing thread in a trial that has featured a behind-the-scenes look at “Desperate Housewives” and conflicting testimony.

“There was a definite conspiracy to cover up the correspondence … in regards to Nicollette,” the caller is heard saying on the call, which was played in court outside the presence of the jury.

Adam Levin, an attorney for Mr. Cherry and ABC, dismissed the claims.

“Today’s antics by the plaintiff, conjuring up mysterious emails, appears to be a last-ditch effort save her case,” Mr. Levin said after Monday’s proceedings.

‘America’s Got Talent’ winner trying out politics

A winner of the NBC show “America’s Got Talent” has decided to make another stab at politics.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Neal Boyd of Sikeston, Mo., will seek election as a Republican in the newly drawn 149th Missouri House District. Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder made the announcement Saturday at a Cape Girardeau County Lincoln Day event.

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