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While Jack Bauer may not be returning to Fox any time soon, Kiefer Sutherland will be back, and relatively soon! Fox announced today that they’ve officially picked up Tim Kring’s new drama Touch, which is set to air next spring.

Yes!!! That’s the 24 fan in me who has been desperately missing the series since it wrapped up in 2010. Touch sounds nothing like 24, however it does sound really interesting and it will be putting Kiefer Sutherland back on Fox in a starring role. Created by Heroes’ Tim Kring, the series, which has been given a 13-episode order, follows Sutherland’s character Martin Bohm, a single father and widower who struggles with trying to communicate with his mute 11-year-old son Jake (played by David Mazouz). At some point, he will learn that Jake has an extraordinary gift:
Everything changes when Martin discovers that Jake possesses the gift of staggering genius – the ability to see things that no one else can and the patterns that connect seemingly unrelated events. Jake is indeed communicating. But it’s not with words, it’s with numbers. Martin meets ARTHUR DEWITT (Danny Glover), a professor and an expert on children who possess special gifts when it comes to numbers. Now, it’s up to Martin to decipher the meaning and connect the numbers to the cast of characters whose lives they affect.

I don’t want to get into a discussion criticizing Kring for what happened to Heroes post-Season 1. With that said, I can’t help but wonder if he has mapped out the plot for this series far beyond the initial premise. If I'm interpreting the description correctly, Jake's gift will link a "cast of characters" who will be affected by whatever it is Jake is predicting or seeing in the numbers. There's so much potential in the concept, but as we've seen before, series involving interlocking characters can prove to be a challenging task to execute.

Perhaps that’s thinking a little too far ahead. Touch sounds interesting and it has Kiefer Sutherland, not to mention Danny “I’m getting too old for this sh--” Glover. I’m in for this one.
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