First Trailer For Kiefer Sutherland In ‘Touch’

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Kiefer Sutherland as Martin Bohm in Touch First Trailer For Kiefer Sutherland In Touch

One of FOX’s most hyped new shows, Touch, has yet to hit the airwaves, but has already received a fair amount of attention up to this point. Now, with the release of a trailer for the new TV series, fans eager to see what stars Kiefer Sutherland and Danny Glover have in store for this mix of science fiction and spirituality will likely have something to look forward to come next spring.

The series from Heroes and Crossing Jordan creator Tim Kring has been in development since early 2011, when it was first announced. Although Sutherland joined the production soon after, production on the series went quiet – until the project secured Danny Glover and young actor David Mazouz, as the linchpin around which the entire story is set.

Touch concerns Sutherland as Martin Bohm, a single father raising his autistic son Jake (Mazouz) who, for the entirety of his short life, has never uttered a single word. Instead, Jake has the rare ability to see the world as a unified whole – he finds connection in events perceived by everyone else as completely random. As hinted in the various snippets of info provided by Kring and FOX, Jake’s gift may also allow him to be aware of events before they happen – to predict the future, if you will.

Glover’s role in all of this will be as Professor Arthur DeWitt, whose expertise comes in the form of guiding young children with abilities like the ones Jake is displaying.

For Sutherland, the role is the antithesis of his most famous character – 24’s Jack Bauer. During FOX’s unveiling of the trailer at MIPCOM in Cannes, France, Sutherland spoke briefly about the contrast between Touch and 24. “The format for 24 was ‘Jack Bauer is gonna have a bad day’. It’s not that hard to catch up. This is a little more complicated than that… It’s the openness that this character provides for me that is what actually becomes challenging and very exciting.”

As you’ve seen, the trailer’s introduction very cleverly deals with the problem of Jake being mute. Instead keeping the young actor silent, Kring has apparently decided to have the boy address the audience directly – and have him serve as the narrator for Touch.

Also interesting is the scope of Touch, which, before now, centered entirely on Martin and Jake’s struggle to understand the boy’s gifts. As evidenced by the trailer, however, the larger focus of the show appears to indicate that the storylines of Touch will actually span the globe, and operate on the international level – showing the connectivity of events which effect people all over the world.

Kring says the intent of the show is to make the audience “feel” something.

“In a sea of content out there, how do you break out? How do you make people feel? That’s the most important thing whether we challenge people intellectually or spiritually, I’m interested in making people feel something. At the end of an hour, you’ve had an emotional journey.

If the talent and concept of Touch didn’t already have your attention, then perhaps this well-made trailer has finally garnered some of your interest?


FOX has committed to a 13-episode season of Touch, which is expected to debut in spring of 2012.

Source: Deadline, MIP Blog

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  1. Do not really believe Kring has much good to offer !
    Heroes was carried by others and when Kring took over it just went downhill!
    But yeah,for each his own,I am sure Kring still has a lot of fans out there!
    Hope I am wrong,and this turns out good,until then…I am a disbeliever !

  2. I really hope this turns out to be more than “at 3:18 a bomber will blow up …”. Not only does that limit the scope of the show, but has been done before.

  3. Can’t see the trailer and the I don’t like the concept.
    I just reek of negativity now lol
    I will check this out, but only because I loved Heroes. It fell downhills after the first season, but I enjoyed them all. Hopefully this will be good.

  4. Tim Kring is not a reason to watch a show. I did watch Kring’s Heroes, but quickly deserted it after the writers strike ruined season 2. I wasn’t really interested in this, but the trailer seems intriguing. Sutherland and Glover both looked good in it. However, trailers can be deceiving.

  5. The presence of Glover will be enough to keep me from tuning in even though I’m a fan of Keifer.


    • Why is that, Vic?

      • Because Glover is insane. I’m still gonna watch it thouhg.

      • To elaborate on what Daniel F said ( :-) ), I think that yes, he’s bonkers. I despise his personal politics and can’t get past them when seeing him on screen. I know that I disagree with Sutherland’s, but he’s not way, way out there like Glover and he’s more private about where he stands.


        • Apparently I’ve missed something. Danny Glover’s politics not being high on my priority to know list. What’s the issue? Ultra Left Wing Extremist? Ultra Right Wing Extremist? Ultra Moderate Extemist (And wouldn’t THAT be something to see? ;))

          • Barry,

            Google is a wonderful thing. ;-)


            • Oh ALRIGHT!!! *sigh*

            • OK…Now I understand. Dislexia of the mouth is a terrible thing.

  6. Been looking forward to this and the trailer only makes me more excited. Looks fantastic.

  7. When I first heard about the concept of this show, it sounded really lame. But this trailer has convinced me to give it a shot. I just hope it can keep a nice balance between the family drama, the conspiracy side of the story, and the “spiritual” side of it that Kring has spoken about. I’m just nervous, because I also believe that Kring is one of the reasons why Heroes went downhill so fast after season 1 (even though it did kind of recover in volumes 4 and 5).

  8. Sounds like The Happening but looks alot better than that film.

  9. Bleh I meant Knowing not Happening

  10. As far as I’m concerned Tim Kring is a hack, will be steering well clear of this!

    • I can see why you’d say that, but maybe you should consider giving this show a chance. I mean, FOX is already really picky about shows it picks up and keeps. I’m sure they wouldn’t pick up a show that’s so different, especially from a guy who’s last series was a one season wonder and ended up getting cancelled, unless it had potential. *shrugs*

  11. Loved this trailer. As the aunt of an autistic child, I wish this series a screaming success. Kiefer will be great – no doubt about that, he always is. I’ll be watching it.

  12. this is like a toned down version of heroes mixed with alphas. so kring is ripping off his rip off. also, why is it Kring always has these half assed elements of “everything is connected”? ugh, screw him for ruining heroes.

  13. as the barber of an autisitic sheep dog… i wish this show nothing but success.

  14. I am so glad to see kiefer suthrrland coming back on tv. Love him and really missed him. Im gonna be there every week to watch.