FOX Moves 'Touch' Premiere to Friday, February 8 & Expands It to 2 Hours

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November 28th, 2012

via press release:

Touch” CONNECTS

WITH A SPECIAL TWO-HOUR SEASON TWO PREMIERE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, ON FOX

 

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.

 
  • lll

    @Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?
    Jorge Garcia as Cannon?
    LOL, but may actually work.

  • omabin

    And the plot thickens on the mystery “Why did Fox renew Touch only to kill it?”

  • THE OLD MAN

    I have in my notes a 2/1 premiere, so not really surprised.

  • phx24

    So for 8 seasons Jack Bauer on ’24′ made hardcore terrorists talk, but his charecter on touch can’t get the little kid to say a word?

  • Chris

    @omabin — Good question.

    The only halfway decent answer I’ve heard for why Fox bothered to renew “Touch” is that they wanted to be in the Kiefer Sutherland business enough to eat the financial loss of buying a second half-season of a show with a small (and still declining!) audience. Possibly this kept him from moving to a non-Fox project, buying them a little time to work on finding a vehicle for him that wouldn’t be ignored by Nielsen families?

    And that’s not much of an answer, obviously. Ratings were still in freefall at the end of the first season, and there’s no reason to think that’s going to stop. And it can’t be a cheap show to make — the cast alone has got to be pretty expensive. Even if they are saving a bundle by hiring such awful writers, it’s still a lot of cash to lay out on a big woofin’ dog of a series with basically zero prospects of ever being a hit.

    Renewing it was easily the weirdest decision Fox made last season. Conversely, sticking it on Fridays and burning off episodes as fast as possible? That makes sense.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Renewing [Touch] was easily the weirdest decision Fox made last season. “

    Nonsense.

    It’s ratings towards the end of the spring last season were almost exactly at the Fox scripted show average for any given week.

    We both gave it a slight nod towards renewal.

    It certainly was a bubble show, but bubble shows are by definition sometimes renewed and sometimes not.

  • OMG

    I was absolutely enthralled by the pilot. It is easily one of the best pilots alongside LOST, HEROES and Desperate Housewives, and in my opinion the best in recent years.

    Then everything went downhill in the second episode. The pilot episode produced characters I care about, the guy who lost his daughter, the worker who sings at night club, and the boy who was tied to the bomb. And then they disappeared! They did not exist anymore and we have to endure different characters each week, and they are nowhere near as compelling. I heard that some people said it became more serialized as it goes on, but I never reached that point, because there is nothing left for me to go on. In the end, you have one annoying boy either totally silent or screaming, Jack Bauer who acts like a maniac screaming “Jake!”, and that boring counsellor.

  • Shepherd

    I can see Fox moving the show to Saturdays before the 8th episode airs. The 2h premier will be lucky to average a 1.3, and quickly fall from there.

  • SJ

    Pushed back for the second time this season… Fox really, really wants to see this show die. The ratings are gonna be scary low. Like, CW territory by episode 5.

  • Red Jane

    Fox can’t wait to get rid of this awful show and as much under the radar as possible… It should never have been renewed having run out of steam after 3 eps in the first season

  • NJ Viewer

    Most new shows take about a season to get their footing. The fact that most of them get canceled so fast is because networks are just trying make a fast buck. Touch actually has an interesting premise, and by renewing it, FOX is at least showing some faith in it. That’s my opinion, anyway.

  • Jeff321

    Guess its time to change my calendar for the third time or so, eh?

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