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Fox Orders Kring's Touch

By September 25, 2011

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Kiefer Sutherland, photographed by Fox behind twinkling lights for some reason, will star in (I)Touc

Kiefer Sutherland, photographed by Fox behind twinkling lights for some reason, will star in Touch early next year.


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After a long wait for what seemed like a foregone conclusion, Tim Kring's new Kiefer-Sutherland-headlined series about an autistic boy with a staggering gift to make connections that predict future events, Touch, finally has a 13-episode order from Fox for Spring 2012.

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

But Reilly knows Kring isn't necessarily the series's top draw: "With Kiefer back on the network as the face and force behind this creative new series," Reilly went on, "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 chipped in. "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."

In the new series, Emmy winner Sutherland (hopefully to be long remembered not just for playing Jack Bauer but also for his great supporting turn in Dark City) stars as single father and ex-jourmalist Martin Bohm, struggling to connect with his son mute Jake (David Mazouz) under the eye of social worker Clea (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). When Martin discovers Jake's genius and the connections he makes with numbers, not words, he makes contact with gifted-child expert Arthur DeWitt (Danny Glover). The pilot was written by Kring, best known for Heroes (and Teen Wolf Too).

Touch will be airing on Monday nights. It was considered practically a shoo-in for the mid-season, but the official order was delayed until Fox executives had a chance to screen the completed pilot. Given the collapse of the Heroes soufflé, the execs' caution is not surprising even with the prospect of bringing their 24 star back to the network with which he's most closely identified.
Tags: Touch, Tim Kring, Kiefer Sutherland
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September 25, 2011 at 9:33 am
(1) mike green says:

I was happy to see Keifer back until the end of the article. It is unfortunate that Danny Glover will be in the series. He is a socialist/communist sympathizer with visits to see Hugo Chavez. Please replace him.

September 26, 2011 at 8:09 am
(2) MALLERY VS NBCU says:

From: FOX
Sent:
To: THE PLAINTIFFS IN THE LAWSUIT “MALLERY VS NBCU”
Cc:
Subject: FW: ABOUT TIM KRING OF “TOUCH”

Dear

As we discussed today, Fox takes such claims seriously, however, for us to investigate and properly evaluate the matter, we request that your clients indentify the copyrighted work(s) that have been allegedly infringed. For example, are they the same works that your clients asserted against NBC and Mr. Kring in the attached case?

We would appreciate it if you could please provide us that information.

This email is without prejudice to Fox’s rights and remedies, all of which are hereby reserved.

Sincerely,

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