By Lynette Rice
Updated February 18, 2011 at 05:50 AM EST

While promoting his Broadway debut opposite Jason Patric and Chris Noth in That Championship Season, Kiefer Sutherland told the New York Times recently that the play brought him a “sense of purpose.” “For the first time in nine years I’m going to have a chance to do whatever I want,” Sutherland recalled telling Patric after moving to New York. “For me this play was too complicated, too challenging not to have a run at it … there’s nothing like being in New York with a sense of purpose.”

Those don’t sound like the words of a guy who’s desperately seeking a return to prime time, but then Sutherland did tell EW in January that he “misses the daily grind” of TV, despite spending eight long years on 24. So it probably shouldn’t come as a shocker that Sutherland may be looking to stage a comeback to Fox this fall via a drama script by Tim Kring (Heroes). EW confirmed a report in Deadline that the actor is high on the tale about a dad whose autistic son can predict events before they happen, though it’s unclear whether Sutherland can or will commit given that his play just opened last week.

A spokesman for 20th Century Fox TV, which is producing the Kring project for Fox, declined comment.

Fans who are eager to see Sutherland back on the small screen can catch him on the internet in March, when his web series The Confession debuts on Hulu. As EW first reported in January, the 10 five-to-seven-minute webisodes will feature Sutherland as a hitman who has a theological discussion with a priest played by John Hurt. And Sutherland says a big-screen version of 24 is still in the works and that he hopes to begin production within a year.

But TV clearly remains a passion. “24 was a lot of work, it certainly had its ups and downs,” the actor said to EW. “But for so many reasons, it was one of the great experiences of my life. I miss the daily grind of it, which I was surprised about because that’s the one thing you complain about all the time. Be careful what you ask for!”

What do you think, 24 fans? Is it time for Sutherland to stage a triumphant return to Fox?

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