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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
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.
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
SPECIAL PREVIEW: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)
SERIES PREMIERE: Monday, March 19, 2012
Kiefer Sutherland (Martin Bohm)
David Mazouz (Jake Bohm)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Clea Hopkins)
GUEST-STARRING: Danny Glover (Arthur Teller)
PRODUCED BY: Chernin Entertainment
20th Century Fox Television
CREATED: Tim Kring
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Tim Kring
DIRECTOR (pilot): Francis Lawrence
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
written by Emmy-nominated Tim Kring ("Heroes"), it was announced
Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland, will join
schedule in the spring of 2012. The pilot was directed and
executive-produced by Francis Lawrence ("Water for Elephants"), and
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
"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
you just cannot say no to," Sutherland added. "That, combined with
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
TOUCH is a distinct and colorful drama in which science and
intersect with the hopeful premise that we are all interconnected,
invisible ways to those whose lives we are destined to alter and
At the center of TOUCH is MARTIN BOHM (Sutherland), a widower and
father, haunted by an inability to connect to his mute 11-year-old
JAKE (David Mazouz). After multiple failed attempts at keeping Jake
school, Martin is visited by CLEA HOPKINS (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a social
worker sent to evaluate Jake´s well-being. Everything changes when
discovers that Jake possesses the gift of staggering genius - the
to see things that no one else can and the patterns that connect
unrelated events. Jake is indeed communicating. But it´s not with
it´s with numbers. Martin meets ARTHUR DEWITT (Danny Glover), a
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
numbers to the cast of characters whose lives they affect.
TOUCH is a production of Chernin Entertainment and Tailwind
in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Tim Kring created
series and wrote the pilot. Kring, Francis Lawrence, Peter Chernin
GIRL, TERRA NOVA), Katherine Pope (NEW GIRL, TERRA NOVA), Sutherland,
Suzan Bymel ("The War at Home") and Carol Barbee ("Jericho") are
producers. Lawrence directed the pilot.
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the series on Twitter at @TOUCHFOX.
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