Kiefer Sutherland's Touch Has 'Extraordinary' Buzz, But Still Awaits Time Slot from Fox

Touch, a drama pilot fronted by 24 alum Kiefer Sutherland and penciled in for a midseason berth on Fox, is eliciting strong praise… even as it awaits an official pick-up to series.

“I can’t confirm [the series order] yet, but we’re staffed on Touch and they’re writing scripts now,” Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly told reporters on Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “Look, to be honest with you, if the pilot was lousy, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. But I think the pilot is potentially great.”

Touch revolves around a father (Sutherland) who discovers that his son (played by David Mazouz) can predict events before they happen. Danny Glover costars as Arthur DeWitt, a professor and expert on children who possess special gifts. Heroes creator Tim Kring penned the script and will serve as an exec producer.

“[It] could be an extraordinary show,” Reilly said, noting that between Touch, Alcatraz and The Finder, “I really like what were sitting on [for midseason].”

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14 Comments
  1. catemcg says:

    Great, even more tv series lead by men and written by men. Thanks for the diversity fox.

    • robbie says:

      So why don’t you write one?

    • JJ says:

      You’re an idiot

    • Harlan... says:

      Yeah, between Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, Desparate Housewives, Dancing with the Hasbeens, Star Search (aka American Idol), Pushing Daisies, etc….there is nothing with women on TV. Other than sports, does ABC even show anything that a person with a y-chromosome would have any interest in?

    • melanie says:

      there is female lead on this one, an african-american actress who will play a social worker who is evaluating the son’s living condition

  2. sarah says:

    With Tim Kring in charge I wouldn’t bet on it being very good for very long. He seems to have good ideas (Heroes first season) but poor execution (Heroes later seasons.)

    • Chmarin says:

      The scifi version of Ryan Murphy.

    • DL says:

      Yeah, I’m hoping Tim Kring relinquishes showrunner reins before the show gets hinky.

    • lipsticksocialism says:

      It may be true for Heroes, but Crossing Jordan maintained interest and quality throughout its run. So he CAN do it. We’ll just have to see if he will.

      • Steven says:

        THIS! Yes, Tim Kring messed up Heroes, bad. But, Crossing Jordan was amazing till the very end.

        Plus Ryan Murphy ruined Nip/Tuck and Glee. He has a track record that Tim doesn’t.

  3. George says:

    Fox mid season is basically 1 medical show, 3 sci-fi shows, and 1 burn notice clone procedural.

    Fox had only two 1 hour show that I watched consistently. One was Human Target which came back to a second season.

    The Chicago Code was the other which was reeking with potential.

    I’ll will mostly be watch scripted cable shows for the spring 2011-2012 TV season.

    Possibly I’ll tune into the new 1 hour shows on NBC.

  4. Stephen S. says:

    Kiefer’s the man! I have high hopes for this show. Hope it’s a success. He can do the show during the tv year and every summer do 24 movies. That would be awesome.

  5. martha says:

    Cate, if you had done your research, you would have seen that a woman, Ms. Bymel, is an executive producer for the show. Check it out before you post such silly comments.

  6. Doris says:

    This is a show that asks you to watch it to truely understand it, not The Simpsons.It has a new twist on an old concept, and Mr. Sutherland is not only hot, he plays well too.

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