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Fox Announces 2012 Midseason Schedule: 'Alcatraz,' 'Touch' Premiere Dates

by Crystal Bell, posted Dec 1st 2011 4:40PM
fox midseason Fox announced its 2012 midseason schedule with premiere dates set for returning favorites 'American Idol' and 'House,' as well as the network's new scripted lineup, including 'The Finder,' 'Alcatraz' and 'Touch.'

The anticipated 'Bones' spin-off, 'The Finder,' will kick off the network's new scripted lineup on Thurs., Jan. 12.

Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams' new mystery drama 'Alcatraz' -- the high-concept series that halted production in November in order to re-shoot a few scenes in the first seven episodes -- will premiere Mon., Jan. 16.

Kiefer Sutherland's new series, 'Touch,' is getting an 'American Idol' lead-in for a series premiere preview on Wed., Jan. 25, before heading to Sutherland's old '24' slot on Monday nights in March for its official premiere.

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'Touch' Preview: Kiefer Sutherland's Return to TV (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 7th 2011 10:00AM
Kiefer SutherlandKiefer Sutherland is making his return to series TV in 'Heroes' creator Tim Kring's 'Touch,' but you don't have to wait until midseason to get a glimpse of the series.

Sutherland stars as Martin Bohm, a widower and single father who struggles to connect with Jake, his mute son. Jake isn't totally without communication. Martin discovers his son can see patterns that connect seemingly unrelated events and communicate with numbers.

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'Touch' Gets 13-Episode Order From Fox

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2011 5:45PM
Kiefer SutherlandKiefer Sutherland is officially returning to TV. Fox has ordered 13 episodes of 'Touch,' a new drama starring Sutherland from 'Heroes' creator Tim Kring.

"'Touch' is another ambitious series from Tim Kring that is beautifully executed and has incredibly resonant themes for our times," Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment at Fox, said in a statement. "With Kiefer back on the network as the face and force behind this creative new series, I'm confident it will resonate with viewers this spring."

Kring wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producer on the series.

Sutherland stars as Martin Bohm, a widower and single father who struggled to connect with his mute son, Jake (David Mazouz). 'Undercovers' star Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Clea Hopkins, a social worker who is sent to evaluate Jake's well-being. Soon Martin discovers Jake can see patterns that connect seemingly unrelated events and communicates with numbers. Danny Glover co-stars as Arthur Dewitt, a professor and expert about children who have special gifts with numbers.

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'Undercovers' Star Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins 'Touch'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 10th 2011 5:30PM
Gugu Mbatha-RawGugu Mbatha-Raw has joined the cast of Tim Kring's pilot 'Touch.'

According to Deadline, the 'Undercovers' star will play opposite '24' veteran Kiefer Sutherland in the new Fox pilot that's scheduled to make a midseason debut.

Sutherland stars as Martin, the father of Jake, a boy who can predict future events. Jake communicates with martin via a series of numbers.

Mbatha-Raw will play Clea Hopkins, a social worker who is assigned to check up on Martin and Jake's living situation.

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Kiefer Sutherland Officially Books Lead in 'Touch'

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 22nd 2011 11:00AM
Kiefer Sutherland'24' fans still waiting for that much-rumored-about movie should probably let out that collective breath before something bad happens -- it's probably not going to happen any time soon now that Kiefer Sutherland has officially signed on to star in a new pilot.

According to TV Line, the man formerly known as Jack Bauer will star in the Fox drama pilot 'Touch.' From 'Heroes' creator Tim Kring and 20th Century Fox TV, the pilot is Kring's first foray into television since the cancellation of 'Heroes' last year.

Sutherland will play a father who "discovers that his autistic, mute son can predict events before they happen."

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Fox Orders Pilots From 'Heroes' and 'Veronica Mars' Creators, 'Alex Mack' Star Joins 'Hawaii Five-0' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 19th 2011 11:30AM
Fox'Veronica Mars' and 'Party Down' creator Rob Thomas could be back on TV with his new pilot order from Fox for a single-camera comedy called 'Little in Common.' Suddenly, everything feels right in the world.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the show follows three families who are united thanks to little league sports. Thomas also sold 'Temp,' a workplace comedy, to NBC.

Now the question we're all thinking: Which 'Veronica Mars' and 'Party Down' stars will get cast in these pilots?

Also at Fox, the network has ordered 'Touch' from Tim Kring, creator of 'Heroes.' The drama pilot follows a father and his autistic and mute son. The son can predict events before they happen.

In other TV news ...

Larisa Oleynik has joined the cast of 'Hawaii Five-0.' Oleynik, fondly remembered from her days on Nickelodeon's 'The Secret World of Alex Mack,' will play ex-CIA analyst Jessica Kaye. The character, a Harvard graduate, will be recurring for the rest of the season with an option to become a series regular in season 2. [TVLine]

Tricia Helfer will guest on 'No Ordinary Family.' The 'Battlestar Galactica' vixen will appear in at least one episode. No word on what powers -- if any -- she'll have. [TVLine]

There will be no Guns N' Roses episode of 'Glee.' Slash said the band has been approached by the show, but turned the producers down. [Entertainment Weekly]

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ABC gives thumbs down to Alyssa Milano's sitcom

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 5th 2008 7:06PM
Alyssa NFLLast spring, ABC had high hopes for a new sitcom starring TV fave Alyssa Milano. Today, not so much.

ABC decided to dump Alyssa Milano's show, Single With Parents, claiming that there were creative differences between the show's creator, Kristin Newman (How I Met Your Mother), and the rest of the producers. Ouch. Can't we all just get along?

Actually, if there are problems at this stage of the game -- after just producing a pilot -- it might be better for the network to pass on this and consider working with Alyssa on something else down the road. We've seen far too many shows make it to air that should have never gotten the greenlight, so maybe in these tough economic times, caution is wise these days.

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