Fans of the Kiefer Sutherland series "Touch" need wait no more -- the second season premiere of the drama series is returning tonight. The new season finds a continuation of several plot threads from its freshman effort, but also amps up the suspense as the Aster Corps organization is more eager than ever to get its hands on the gifted young son at the center of the series.
Enter new co-star Lukas Haas, who joins the series playing a gifted mathematician in his own right who may have something to offer Sutherland and his fractured family. The "Inception" actor spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the anticipated return for this unique Fox series.
Haas plays Calvin Norburg, a similarly gifted mind to Kiefer Sutherland's son in the series, who plies his trade at the mysterious Aster Corps. "[Norburg] creates these algorithms that Aster Corps uses to get higher profits. They use these algorithms and all kinds of programs that they have to make the programs better. I’ve kind of come upon this special sequence, and I think it’s too important for Aster Corps to own, so I want to continue my work, but I want to do it without Aster Corps," the actor explained. "They have kind of a shady way of doing things, and my character doesn’t really see eye-to-eye with them anymore, so he wants out. He wants to get out of his contract and continue his work on his own. Of course, Aster Corps doesn’t want to let that happen. Kiefer’s character finds out that I’m disillusioned with the company. He of course hates Aster Corps because they’re trying to get at his son. He’s trying to protect his son, so he basically wants to take down Aster Corps, and when he finds out that I’m disillusioned with the company but held a high position there, he wants to basically team up with me in the hopes of bringing Aster Corps down. That’s kind of the set-up."
The series finds Haas reuniting with series star Sutherland, who the actor teamed up with on several episodes of the Fox hit "24." Haas said of his co-star, "He’s such an old pro. He’s been doing these TV shows for such a long time that it’s really like clockwork. He’s very, very hands-on actually. He’s re-writing everyday. He really has a lot to do with how the show comes out – more than any actor on any movie I’ve ever seen. It’s almost like he has a position that he’s made up all his own – producer, actor, almost director at times. He’s just such a professional that it’s fun to get to watch him work. We work together basically the whole show. I’m not sure when the first time I met up with him. I think at some point in the second episode or third episode is the first time we actually meet."
Haas feels that, although the freshman season of the series hit plenty of strong notes, the second season's more dramatic and suspenseful pacing will set it apart. "To me, season 1 — it started off really strong. I liked it a lot, especially first half, maybe three-fourths of the show, but it slowed down to me. I liked the premise. I love how it’s about connecting all these things and the flow of energy," Haas said. "But this season is much more fast-paced and suspenseful. This season from the very beginning — it’s moving. It’s moving forward. It still has all the elements that it used to have or most of the elements that it used to have. Now it’s just more like a feature film that’s a suspenseful thriller."
Don't miss the two hour season premiere of "Touch" tonight on Fox!