Kring - who also created Heroes - told TV Guide that the part of Martin Bohm is "very different" to Sutherland's 24 role.
"Martin's very much... an everyman, as opposed to someone who can really take matters into his own hands," he explained.
"Yes, there will obviously be a segment of the audience that will be disappointed that he's not killing people and, you know, being an action hero.
"But Kiefer is an enormously talented actor with a broad range, and it's good for him to stretch and let his audience know he can do other things."
However, Kring revealed that Sutherland does deliver one of his 24 catchphrases - Jack Bauer's signature "Damn it!" - in the Touch pilot.
"Honestly, it's also really the only word that you can say with [US television's governing body] standards and practices," he explained. "I don't know how much Jack Bauer it is and how much standards and practices it is."
Roxana Brusso recently joined the cast of Touch. The Southland star will play a physical therapist who cares for Martin's gifted son Jake Bohm (David Mazouz).
Touch will premiere on Fox with a special preview on Wednesday (January 25). The series will then air in its regular Monday night slot from March 19.
> Kiefer Sutherland's Touch to air on Sky1 in the UK
Watch a trailer for Touch below: