This is going to be interesting. Forever associated with Jack Bauer, will Kiefer Sutherland be able to portray another father, but in completely different circumstances?
I certainly hope so, because the new show Fox ordered seems very interesting. In a press release dated 22 September, Fox announced that it has ordered 13 episodes of a new drama series called Touch. It will join the primetime schedule in the spring of 2012. The series is written by Tim Kring, who created and wrote Heroes; the pilot was directed and executive-produced by Francis Lawrence.
“Every once in a while, you encounter a piece of material that you just cannot say no to,” Sutherland said about the show. “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.”
Sutherland portrays Martin Bohm, a widower and single father who cannot connect with his 11-year-old son. Jake is mute but can communicate; as his father soon finds out, he is a genius, with the ability to see things that no one else can and the patterns that connect seemingly unrelated events. Similarly, he can communicate really well but not using words; Jake uses numbers, and it is up to his father to decipher their meaning and connect the numbers those whose lives they affect.
Science and spirituality intersect in Touch with the hopeful premise that we are all interconnected, tied in invisible ways to those whose lives we are destined to alter and impact. Here is hoping that Touch will not only be amazing for one season, as the now-defunct Heroes was.