September 22, 2011 1:42pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Kiefer Sutherland's 'Touch' Gets Series Order at Fox
Kiefer Sutherland is officially coming back to TV.
As expected, Fox has given the series order to drama pilot Touch, from Heroes creator Tim Kring. The network has ordered 13 episodes of the drama, which stars Suthlerland as a single father to Jake, a mute 11-year-old who communicates through numbers.
The project reunites former 24 star Sutherland with the network. Fox has set a spring premiere date for the drama, which at the May upfront presentation to Madison Avenue was considered a likely bet for midseason and was already staffing up with writers.
“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,” Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said in a statement.
“Touch is another ambitious series from Tim Kring that is beautifully executed and has incredibly resonant themes for our times,” he noted.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Undercovers) co-stars as a social worker who works with Sutherland’s Martin as they learn that Jake can see things and patterns that connect unrelated events.
Danny Glover co-stars as a professor and expert on gifted children who works alongside Martin in deciphering the meaning of Jake’s visions.
Touch hails from Chernin Entertainment and Tailwin Productions, in association with 20th Television. Kring penned the pilot and will executive produce alongside Sutherland, Francis Lawrence, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Suzan Bymel and Carol Barbee. Lawrence directed the pilot.