Official: Kiefer Sutherland, 'Heroes' creator launching Fox series


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Done deal: Kiefer Sutherland is coming back to Fox as the star of a new midseason series from Heroes creator Tim Kring.

Fox has been keen on getting the 24 star back on the air and leaning heavily toward giving an official 13-episode series order to his drama project Touch for months, and now things are firmly a go. Touch is about a father (Sutherland) whose autistic and mute son can predict events before they happen.

Touch is another ambitious series from Tim Kring that is beautifully executed and has incredibly resonant themes for our times,” said Fox entertainment president Kevin 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.”

Here’s a new more detailed official description of the show:

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.

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  • Melissa in CA

    I miss Jack Bauer!!!

    • AA

      Whatever happened to the movie?

      • ZackBauer

        Still in limbo, unfortunately. Believe me, I check every couple of weeks ;)

      • SNIKT!

        This sounds completely boring. It may not be, but the descripton of this series doesn’t scream MUST SEE to me.

      • deedeedragons

        Oh it will be out, around the same time as the Veronica Mars & Arrested Development movies: The 4th of never.

  • Monty

    …and then in a fit of rage, Jack bites off Danny Glovers ear.

    • The Realist

      and then cuts his head off and sends it to a mexican drug lord

      • Jenn

        Repeat!! (laughing)

  • Mr. Effing Tea Party

    Oh boy his kid wouldn’t have been touched in the first place if he hadn’t received that SUV vaccination! I don’t like it!

  • Dave

    I didn’t know Gugu Mbatha-Raw was in this. I actually really liked her in Undercovers last year. Too bad that show didn’t work out. I actually thought it was pretty good.

    • graeme

      She was awesome in “Larry Crowne”

  • Darrin

    From the creator of Heroes? So does that mean we can only expect one good season, followed by a few lackluster ones?

    • Felix

      I was just gonna say…one season’s worth of ideas, repeated over and over. And every few episodes, all the characters will forget they know each other.

    • Ryan

      One good season is stretching it.

    • MikeyM

      Pretty much why I won’t be watching.

  • AB

    I’ll watch Kiefer watch paint dry. LOL

    • viv

      Me too! He’s fabulous!

    • Mary

      I definitely would watch that too

    • Jenn


    • Mickey

      I will too! Actually I have watched him turn an occational
      less than good script into amazing TV. His facial expressions does it. What an actor – and I’ll be watching.

  • M

    Tell me where the Bohm is!

    • Mona

      Haha, brilliant!

  • Henry Warnimont

    Danny Glover on episodic television? I’m intrigued, count me in!

  • Matt

    I LOVE this guy! He was amazing in 24, and I’m looking forward to this new series!


    Sounds like ‘Knowing’ with Nick Cage…

    As long as Keifer gets to spray Bauer all over the place, I’ll check it out.

    “You’re going to tell me what I want to know, it’s just a matter of how much you want it to hurt…”

    • alan of montreal

      that’s what i thought, too

  • majamababe

    Sounds like Nicholas Cage’s movie Knowing, except his son was deaf and not austic. Nevertheless, I will watch because I like Keifer and Danny Glover. But I sure do miss Jack. Hurry up with that movie, already!

  • marc

    Wasn’t this the plot of that awful Bruce Willis movie Mercury Rising?

  • Lyn

    I would not want to shackle Kiefer to the role of Jack Bauer, much as I loved him in “24.” That said, this new show sounds awwwwwwwful. Touchy-feely supernatural b.s. Ugh.

  • JoeC

    I will definitely give it a chance….

  • Dinjab

    Ugh, this “special gift” crap belongs on CBS. Those Bible-thumping viewers will eat up any feel-good hooey.

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