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"Touch" review by Suzanne
Premieres Wednesday, January 25 9/8C on FOX

I don't hate this show, but I'm not sure I like it, either. It's kind of like "Jack Bauer on Touched by an Angel". I really wanted to love it because I loved the other shows Tim Kring did (Heroes and Crossing Jordan). Plus, although I don't know him personally, he's married to this girl I knew in high school (really!). Also, I love Keifer Sutherland and want to see him successful. I'm just not sure that this show is up to the task.

Sutherland plays Martin, widower trying to raise his child who never speaks and might be autistic. They are both still dealing with the grief of losing Martin's wife, who died in 9/11 (Didn't we see this already on CSI: NY?). I think, you know, it's been over 10 years, they can get on with their lives now. It's difficult because Martin's son, Jake, is always running off and doing weird things.

It's an interesting drama with an original idea. The basic theme is that everything and everyone is connected. Jake and others like him can somehow see the connections.  It may be a little too weird for TV.  That's not even the problem I have with it.

There were a number of things in the pilot that bothered me. For one thing, the idea that Jake is not really autistic, he's some sort of special evolved person with powers. Wow, what a slap in the face to the parents of autistic parents.  Secondly, when Jake runs off from his school and climbs the top of a construction tower, child services is called and they blame Martin. Now, I don't think they blame the parent when the private school is supposed to be supervising the child and he runs off. That would be the school's fault. I mean, he's only 10. How hard can it be for that school to watch him? I would be suing them.

The whole touchy-feely new age aspect of the show is not really my kind of thing, either.  Martin figures out that his job is now to interpret what Jake is saying and following the clues he leaves (in the form of numbers).  Sure, that's a responsible parent. 

The acting is really great, and the show moves along well, but I just don't think this is a show I would enjoy for very long.  I like weird shows, but not ones that don't seem to make sense or have much plausibility. Maybe it will get better after the pilot.

"Pilot"

A FATHER TRIES TO CONNECT WITH HIS SON ON A SPECIAL PREVIEW OF “TOUCH” WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, ON FOX.

WED JAN 25 9/8c

MARTIN BOHM (Kiefer Sutherland), is a widower and single father who is haunted by an inability to connect to his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son JAKE (David Mazouz). But when Martin discovers that Jake can predict events before they happen, everything changes. Martin meets social worker CLEA HOPKINS (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Professor Arthur Teller (guest star Danny Glover) who may have the keys to help unlock Jake’s mind in a special preview of the “Pilot” episode of TOUCH airing Wednesday, Jan. 25 (9:00-10:07 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 “TOUCH” – FACT SHEET

ON AIR: Mondays, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT

ORIGINATION: Los Angeles, CA

CONCEPT:  A drama that blends science and spirituality to explore the hidden connections which bind together all of humanity. At the center of this distinctive new series is a widower and single father whose quest to reach his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son will shape the destiny of the entire planet.

SPECIAL PREVIEW:  Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)

SERIES PREMIERE: Monday, March 19, 2012

STARRING:

Kiefer Sutherland (Martin Bohm)

David Mazouz (Jake Bohm)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Clea Hopkins)

GUEST-STARRING: Danny Glover (Arthur Teller)

PRODUCED BY: Chernin Entertainment

Tailwind Productions

20th Century Fox Television

CREATED: Tim Kring

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Tim Kring

Peter Chernin

Katherine Pope

Kiefer Sutherland

Francis Lawrence

Carol Barbee

Suzan Bymel

DIRECTOR (pilot): Francis Lawrence

From September:

FOX ORDERS "TOUCH"

New Drama Starring Kiefer Sutherland to Debut Spring 2012 on FOX

FOX has ordered 13 episodes of the new drama series TOUCH, created and written by Emmy-nominated Tim Kring ("Heroes"), it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. TOUCH, starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland, will join the schedule in the spring of 2012. The pilot was directed and executive-produced by Francis Lawrence ("Water for Elephants"), and the show comes from Chernin Entertainment and Tailwind Productions, in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

"TOUCH is another ambitious series from Tim Kring that is beautifully executed and has incredibly resonant themes for our times," said Reilly. "With Kiefer back on the network as the face and force behind this creative new series, I´m confident it will resonate with viewers this spring." "Every once in a while, you encounter a piece of material that you just cannot say no to," Sutherland added. "That, combined with the opportunity to work again with Peter Chernin and the Fox studio and network, makes me thrilled to be a part of this project. I also look forward to working with an extraordinary writer and producer like Tim Kring."

TOUCH is a distinct and colorful drama in which science and spirituality intersect with the hopeful premise that we are all interconnected, tied in invisible ways to those whose lives we are destined to alter and impact.

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.

TOUCH is a production of Chernin Entertainment and Tailwind Productions, in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Tim Kring created the series and wrote the pilot. Kring, Francis Lawrence, Peter Chernin (NEW GIRL, TERRA NOVA), Katherine Pope (NEW GIRL, TERRA NOVA), Sutherland, Suzan Bymel ("The War at Home") and Carol Barbee ("Jericho") are executive producers. Lawrence directed the pilot.

Become a fan of the series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TOUCHonFOX and follow the series on Twitter at @TOUCHFOX. 

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