Undercovers Star Gugu Mbatha-Raw Set As Female Lead In Fox's Pilot Touch

British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, the breakout star of J.J. Abrams’ short-lived NBC spy dramedy Undercovers, has landed the female lead opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the Fox drama pilot Touch, written by Heroes creator Tim Kring.

The project, which is considered a lock for a midseason series order, centers on Martin (Sutherland) who discovers that his genius son Jake (David Mazouz) is communicating with him through a complex series of numbers and may even be able to predict events before they happen.

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  1. Tim says:

    Not going to lie, that sort of takes away a bit of anticipation I had for the show. I can’t really say I like her acting much.

    • singout says:

      I’ve got to say I mostly agree with Tim … I thought Undercovers was a complete failure, with poor performances by both of the lead actors. Completely unbelievable. Now a good part of that probably weighs on the silly concept and lazy writing … so maybe there’s still a chance for this one. We shall see.

      • Brooke says:

        I think the actors did their best on Undercovers with severely mediocre scripts. It was such a squandered opportunity of a show.

  2. friday says:

    Can’t wait for this show, love Gugu and her acting, very talented person.

  3. Michelle says:

    Tish deserves better than something created by Tim Kring. :(

  4. Barb says:

    She’s a great addition to the show!

  5. MichaelSacal says:

    So, from the premise I gather that Tim Kring saw the movie Knowing and figured that he could just rip it off…

  6. Guy says:

    Well lets say goodbye to the show now. She wasn’t good at all in Undercovers. Bad choice FOX.

  7. teniba says:

    great addition to this, she was great on udercovers, even though the concept was sketchy… congratulatiosn to her… danny glover also is in the project …

  8. theManwhoLaughs says:

    Good 4 her. As for Undercovers’ not working, I think it was a cool premise & written OK. However Mbatha-Raw was poorly cast as the ex-CIA agent with years of experience so profound the “company” hires her & hubby out of retirement for off-the-book cases.
    She’d have been better cast as the little sister who takes care of the restaurant/catering business while big sis goes off on missons. A 40-something actress — e.g., Nia Long; Nicole Ari Parker, Michael Michele — would have been more believeable. A woman under 30 as a CIA retiree was simply not very realistic.
    Good luck with the new show Gugu!

    • the girl says:

      I never thought about it like that, but you’re right. She was way too young to be considered a retiree. I did think the show was fun and enjoyed the escapism of it all, and never really gave it that much serious thought. On another note, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is absolutely gorgeous (not to mention she is on my celebrity exemption list) and very talented so I will watch this show with the hopes that she will get past the bad stain of Undercovers.

      • Don W says:

        C’mon, give me a break. No matter how the good the script was, it was going to fail, because 2 african americans were cast. People are not ready to see black people in “serious roles”, plus romantically involved. When I saw it debut, I said let me enjoy it while it’s on, because it will be cancelled, and it’s not like “Chuck” which is considered so great. I understand the racism, OOOPs, the polictics of Hollywood. I tip my hat to J.J. Abrams for wanting to do it at all.

  9. Amy says:

    She’s a fabulous performer given the right material, which “Undercovers,” sadly, was not. I’m not convinced this one is either, though; I still think the premise sounds unworkable in the long term.