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].”

Comments (14)

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

    Comment by catemcg – August 5, 2011 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So why don’t you write one?

      Comment by robbie – August 5, 2011 05:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re an idiot

      Comment by JJ – August 11, 2011 07:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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?

      Comment by Harlan... – September 18, 2011 07:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by melanie – September 22, 2011 03:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.)

    Comment by sarah – August 5, 2011 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The scifi version of Ryan Murphy.

      Comment by Chmarin – August 5, 2011 05:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, I’m hoping Tim Kring relinquishes showrunner reins before the show gets hinky.

      Comment by DL – August 5, 2011 05:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by lipsticksocialism – August 5, 2011 06:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Steven – August 5, 2011 08:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by George – August 5, 2011 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Stephen S. – August 7, 2011 01:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by martha – August 10, 2011 02:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Doris – March 29, 2012 08:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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