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.