FOX Moves ‘Touch’ Premiere, Makes It Two Hours

Via Press Release:

 “TOUCH” CONNECTS

WITH A SPECIAL TWO-HOUR SEASON TWO PREMIERE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, ON FOX

November 28, 2012 – TOUCH, the critically acclaimed adventure drama series starring Emmy Award winner Kiefer Sutherland (“24”), will launch its anticipated second season with a special action-packed two-hour premiere on Friday, Feb. 8 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

In Season Two of TOUCH, the dramatic action shifts from New York to Los Angeles, where single father MARTIN BOHM (Sutherland) and his gifted son, JAKE (David Mazouz), are on the run. Their critical mission is to help distraught mother LUCY ROBBINS (Maria Bello, “ER”) find her missing – and equally gifted – daughter AMELIA (newcomer Saxon Sharbino). When it’s discovered that they are all targets of the mysterious and possibly sinister corporation, Aster Corps., the desperate search for Amelia intensifies. Factoring into the unfolding equation is the genius of Aster Corps., CALVIN NORBURG (Lukas Haas, “24”), who’s on the verge of making a career-defining discovery, as well as the extreme religious zealot GUILLERMO ORTIZ (Said Taghmaoui, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of The Cobra”), who stops at nothing to attain his vision. As ominous connections appear, Martin remains determined to uncover a global conspiracy in order to protect his family and save the lives of the innocent.

TOUCH is a production of Chernin Entertainment and Tailwind Productions, in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Tim Kring created the series and wrote the pilot. Kring, Carol Barbee (“Jericho”) Peter Chernin (NEW GIRL, BEN AND KATE), Katherine Pope (NEW GIRL, BEN AND KATE), Kiefer Sutherland and Suzan Bymel (“The War at Home”) are executive producers. Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants”) directed the pilot. “Like” TOUCH on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TOUCHonTV. Follow the series on Twitter @TOUCHonTV and join the discussion at #touch.

-FOX-

FOX: ‘Touch’ Season Two Premiere Pushed Back To January, ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Return Date Announced

Via Press Release:

KITCHEN NIGHTMARES STARTS COOKING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 

SEASON TWO OF “TOUCH” TO DEBUT THIS JANUARY ON FOX

October 4, 2012 – All-new episodes of KITCHEN NIGHTMARES, the unscripted series featuring Chef Gordon Ramsay helping fledging restaurants turn their luck and their businesses around, will start cooking Friday, Oct. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. TOUCH, the critically acclaimed adventure drama starring Emmy Award winner Kiefer Sutherland (“24”) will now have its second season premiere in January 2013(date and time to be announced).

In the fifth season of KITCHEN NIGHTMARES, Gordon Ramsay treks to Brooklyn, Boston, Pittsburgh and the suburbs of Los Angeles and Cleveland, to help struggling restaurants stay afloat. Each week, Chef Ramsay will visit a new establishment with myriad problems. He will delve deep into the inner workings of each eatery and explore everything from unsanitary refrigerators to lazy and inexperienced staff in order to diagnose the real problems. Whether he changes the restaurant’s operations, updates the menu or gives the establishment a complete makeover, Chef Ramsay will do whatever it takes to try and turn these restaurants into popular, successful and, most importantly, money-making businesses. It’s up to the restaurant owners to take his advice and use it – or face closure.

In Season Two of TOUCH, the story setting shifts from New York to Los Angeles, where single father MARTIN BOHM (Kiefer Sutherland) and his gifted son, JAKE (David Mazouz), are on the run from the mysterious and possibly sinister research facility Aster Corps, which had shown tremendous interest in exploiting Jake’s ability to perceive the hidden patterns that connect people around the world. After arriving on the West Coast, the father-son team met distraught mother LUCY ROBBINS (Maria Bello, “ER”) and now are determined to help find her missing – and equally gifted – daughter AMELIA (newcomer Saxon Sharbino). During their search, their paths will cross with Aster Corps’ genius, CALVIN NORBURG (Lukas Haas, “24”), whose rumpled exterior masks his true colors, as well as a complicated and intense religious zealot, GUILLERMO ORTIZ (Said Taghmaoui, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of The Cobra”).

KITCHEN NIGHTMARES is a co-production of ITV Studios America and Optomen in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions, Inc. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Patricia Llewellyn and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers. “Like” KITCHEN NIGHTMARES on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KitchenNightmares. Follow the series on Twitter @KNonFOX and join the discussion at #kitchennightmares.

TOUCH is a production of Chernin Entertainment and Tailwind Productions, in association with 20thCentury Fox Television. Tim Kring created the series and wrote the pilot. Kring, Carol Barbee (“Jericho”), Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Kiefer Sutherland and Suzan Bymel (“The War at Home”) are executive producers. “Like” TOUCH on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TOUCHonTV. Follow the series on Twitter @TOUCHonTV and join the discussion at #touch.

-FOX-

[EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information on KITCHEN NIGHTMARES and TOUCH, please visit http://www.foxflash.com/div.php/main/page?aID=1z2z2z337.]

REVIEW: Touch (FOX – Thursday, 9:00 p.m.)

We are all interconnected. Our lives are invisibly tied to those whose destinies touch ours.

This is the hopeful premise of the new drama TOUCH from creator and writer Tim Kring (“Heroes,” “Crossing Jordan”) and executive producers Peter Chernin (NEW GIRL, TERRA NOVA) and Katherine Pope (NEW GIRL, TERRA NOVA).

Blending science, spirituality and emotion, the series will follow seemingly unrelated people all over the world whose lives affect each other in ways seen and unseen, known and unknown. At the story’s center is MARTIN BOHM (Kiefer Sutherland), a widower and single father, haunted by an inability to connect to his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son, JAKE (David Mazouz). Caring, intelligent and thoughtful, Martin has tried everything to reach his son. But Jake never speaks, shows little emotion, and never allows himself to be touched by anyone, including Martin. Jake is obsessed with numbers—writing long strings of them in his ever-present notebooks—and with discarded cell phones.

Social worker CLEA HOPKINS (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) believes that Jake’s needs are too serious for Martin to handle. She sees a man whose life has become dominated by a child he can no longer control. She believes that it’s time for the state to intervene. So Jake is placed in foster care, despite Martin’s desperate objections.

But everything changes after Martin meets ARTHUR TELLER (Danny Glover), a professor and an expert on children who possess special gifts when it comes to numbers. Martin learns that Jake possesses an extraordinary gift—the ability to perceive the seemingly hidden patterns that connect every life on the planet. While Martin wants nothing more than to communicate directly with his son, Jake connects to his father through numbers, not words. Martin realizes that it’s his job to decipher these numbers and recognize their meaning. As he puts the pieces together, he will help people across the world connect as their lives intersect according to the patterns Jake has foreseen.

Martin’s quest to connect with his son will shape humanity’s destiny. – FOX

100 out of 100

For our money, other than ABC’s The River, the Tim Kring/Kiefer Sutherland vehicle Touch was the most anticipated series of the 2011 – 2012 season.  Then, after we saw the pilot event in January, we were incredibly tempted to do what we’re about to do right now but we wanted to wait to see a couple more episodes to maintain at least credibility.  So, after watching four episodes of this series we can now say without any hesitation:

Touch is the best new show of the 2011 – 2012 season… period… end of discussion.

There… we said it and there is no way around it.  As much as we love Homeland, it’s better than even  Homeland.

What we love about this show is… well… just about everything.  Tim Kring has done an absolutely fantastic job of taking an established and complicated Science Fiction subject and making it accessible to all audiences and we’re still trying to wrap our heads around how he’s doing it because it’s the most brilliant job of fooling a non-genre audience into getting involved with a cerebral narrative like we haven’t seen since Lost.

This subject matter, blending theoretical science and the metaphysical, in and of itself is so far beyond even the imagination of most viewers that if not for Tim Kring and Kiefer Sutherland being attached to it, it is unlikely that anyone would even have picked it up. But FOX isn’t stupid and Kevin Reilly recognizes that those two names bring an accessibility to genre like few have been able to do in the last decade.

So, how is Touch finding broad appeal while staying true to its SciFi roots?  Simply put, as the premise states, it’s about making connections.  We have often noted that the key to any show’s success (particularly in drama) is the ability of the characters to relate to the audience.  Touch takes a little bit of a different approach to this.  Since there are really only three or four regular characters that appear on the series from week-to-week, Kring and the producers seem far less concerned about having the characters relate to their audience through character background development than they do through the situational and circumstantial development of every episode.

Now, of course we immediately grow an affinity for Martin and Jake and are sympathetic to them as their back-stories unfold, but what’s magnificent is that there is a new supporting cast of characters every week and we immediately become as fond of them and what they’re going through as we do the Bohms.  The circumstances that all of these characters go through in each episode, regardless of race, creed, color or national origin are all circumstances that every one in the audience can relate to and if you can’t, the person sitting next to you can.  So as the characters on-screen become more interconnected, we, the audience become more connected to them and each other.

There really is a little bit of something for everyone in this show.  For fans of Jack Bauer, Sutherland’s Martin Bohm is kind of like a kinder, gentler version of his character from 24 (sorry, Kiefer… every role you ever get going forward will be compared to the one your most famous for).  He’s a man who’s suffered a lot of pain (losing his wife on 9/11, struggling to take care of his special needs son, giving up his career as a reporter and taking menial jobs just so he could find the time for him) but he’s fanatically dedicated to his little boy, Jake, and from the beginning of the series, we see the gentle side of Martin that Jake, who’s never spoken a word, is able to elicit from his father and that’s what drives Martin every episode to make sense of the numbers.  As a parent, it is very easy to make a connection with the relationship between Martin and Jake and it’s very easy to understand the unquestioning love Martin has for his little boy, despite how frustrating he may be.

Speaking of 24, there’s certainly no shortage of action and suspense every episode and even though we do realistically expect that crisis-[X] is going to work out in the end, the payoff is still satisfying because not only do they give us a great ride along the way, but they manage to slip in a little twist at the end of every episode that ties everything together and completes the circle and it’s based on some innocuous comment that you smack yourself in the head for not noticing when it was mentioned earlier in the episode and it turns out to be the most important connection of all.

Touch also has the distinction of being one of the few shows on television that as intense as it is, you can feel comfortable watching it with your kids regardless of their age. There is very little violence on this show, there’s no sex, and the language never goes above the PG level. Sure, there are big-issue themes in this series that a five year-old isn’t going to understand (however, as has happened in our house already, those themes might just inspire curiosity from little kids and open up a dialogue), but you don’t have to worry about having to quickly change the channel because the kids heard or saw something that you’d rather they hadn’t until they were in their mid-20’s.  And that’s the thing with Touch; it’s so good all the way around that it doesn’t have to resort to crutches to tell a compelling yarn from week-to-week.

This a story about the human condition and our very existence.  Why are we here?  What is our destiny? The point that we’ve taken from the show is that all people have the propensity for doing good in this world and because of that we are all connected and it’s only when we see the connections that we can be liberated from the cynical chains of ego, greed, envy, anger and hatred that serve to bind us.  This show is about good people doing good things, not for their own personal gain, but because it’s the right thing to do.  It’s called piety for piety’s sake, i.e., doing the right thing because it’s the right thing, not because you expect to be rewarded for it.  Socrates spoke at length about it… so did Gene Roddenberry. The message is poignant and uplifting and it’s done in such a heart-warming and endearing way that it’s nearly impossible not to get misty-eyed by the end of each episode.

Normally we’d just immediately direct you to FOX’s website to watch full episodes, but FOX has changed things up and is making viewers sign into their cable or satellite provider’s website to have full-access so you can do that by going here and following the directions or you can just go to Hulu and watch the SD versions with no hassle.

FIRST LOOK: Touch – New Science Fiction Drama From Tim Kring Starring Kiefer Sutherland and Danny Glover

We’ve been looking forward to news about the new Tim Kring (Heroes) series starring Kiefer Sutherland, Touch since we first heard about it back in April.  At the time it seemed interesting, albeit a little vague so we didn’t know quite what to make of it.  Well, FOX has now released a first-look trailer and it looks fantastic.

Touch is set to debut in early 2012.

Show Description:

From writer/creator Tim Kring (HeroesCrossing Jordan) and executive producers Peter Chernin (TERRA NOVA) and Katherine Pope (TERRA NOVA) comes TOUCH, a preternatural drama in which science and spirituality intersect with the hopeful premise that we are all interconnected, tied in invisible ways to those whose lives we are destined to alter and impact.

Through masterful storytelling, the series follows a group of seemingly unrelated characters – beginning with a former firefighter tormented by his inability to save a dying woman, an Iraqi teenager who will go to great risks to help his family, a gifted singer whose actions at a karaoke bar save lives thousands of miles away and a British businessman desperately trying to retrieve a key piece of information from his lost mobile phone – who affect each other in ways seen and unseen. 

At the center is MARTIN BOHM (Kiefer Sutherland, 24), a widower and single father, haunted by an inability to connect to his mute, severely autistic 11-year-old son, JAKE. Caring, intelligent and thoughtful, Martin has tried everything to reach his son who shows little emotion and never allows himself to be touched by anyone, including Martin. Jake busies himself with cast-off cell phones, disassembling them and manipulating the parts, allowing him to see the world in his own special way. 

After multiple failed attempts at keeping Jake in school, Martin is visited by social worker CLEA HOPKINS, who insists on doing an evaluation of the Bohms’ living situation. Although new at her job, Clea sees a man whose life has become dominated by a child he can no longer control. She believes his attempts to communicate with Jake are just wish fulfillment, and determines that it’s time for the state to intervene. But everything changes when Martin discovers that Jake possesses a gift of staggering genius – the ability to see things that no one else can, the patterns that connect everything. Jake is indeed communicating after all. But it’s not with words, it’s with numbers. And now he needs Martin to decipher their meaning and connect these numbers to the cast of seemingly unrelated characters whose lives they affect. 

Along the way, Martin will be guided by BORIS PODOLSKY, a discredited aging professor who offers Martin a compelling but unorthodox theory about Jake and his rare ability. Whether it be chance, coincidence, timing, synergy or fate, there are events that touch us all, as part of an interconnected, dazzlingly precise universe. – FOX

TV SCOOP! Robin Wright-Penn, Kevin Spacey To Star In Netflix Series (That’s Right… NETFLIX Series)… House Of Cards

THR is reporting that Robin Wright is in early negotiations to play opposite Kevin Spacey on Netflix’s first original series, House of Cards.  House of Cards is a an hour-long political thriller based on the novel and British mini-series from 1990 of the same time.

To us, as great as the concept and the cast sounds, more importantly is the fact that Netlfix is taking the networks head-on and further redefining contemporary television by continuing the trend that we predicted was occurring with the Kiefer Sutherland Hulu-exclusive web series, The Confession.

If you question how big this is or if it will be successful or if this trend of alternative source television is just a fad, keep in mind that Netflix with their 20 million-plus subscribers outbid both AMC and HBO for this series.  That along with the two main leads tells us, as usual, that Netflix is at the forefront of trends and is sitting the standard for home entertainment for the future.

A note to the Networks: Netflix has effectively destroyed Blockbuster and forced every other video rental company out of business (with the exclusion of Red Box).  They’re gunning for you next and don’t think that they can’t win.