FOX cancels Sutherland's 'Touch,' may bring back '24'




A double-whammy of news from FOX today--both involving series that star British-Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland! After announcing that the Sutherland starring-vehicle 'Touch' was being cancelled after two seasons, it was reported that FOX is considering bringing back the smash-hit action-drama '24' as a limited series--another show that starred Sutherland.

Coming this Friday is the second season finale of 'Touch,' which will also act as the series finale for show. 'Touch' centers on former reporter Martin Bohm (Sutherland) and his 11-year-old emotionally disturbed son, Jake. Jake has never spoken a word, but is fascinated by numbers and patterns relating to numbers, spending much of his days writing them down in notebooks, his touch-screen tablet and sometimes using objects--eventually Martin realizes Jake is communicating using numbers. 'Touch' sustained mediocre ratings over two seasons and this cancellation does not come as much of a surprise; hopefully the producers geared the second season finale to a satisfying conclusion rather than an ill-fated cliffhanger.

But before you start feeling sorry for the dashing Sutherland, know that the actor is currently in talks to reprise his Emmy Award winning role of Jack Bauer. FOX is looking to expand into limited series and in their eyes, '24' makes the perfect limited series pitch. The smash-hit series '24' lasted eight seasons and a whopping 192 episodes before its conclusion. As such, '24' is the longest-running television espionage series ever, surpassing 'Mission: Impossible' and 'The Avengers' (not to be confused with 'Marvel's The Avengers').

A feature film set in the '24' plotline was initially planned for between the sixth and seventh seasons of the show, much like with the FOX hit 'The X-Files' in the 1990s. After that failed to pan out, another feature attempt was made after the close of the eighth and final season. It's possible that the intended storyline from such a feature could be adapted for a limited television series.

As one door closes, another opens. Are you sad about losing 'Touch?' Excited about the possibility of more '24?'


- Touch
- 24
- Kiefer Sutherland

Written by: bad_subject
May 10th, 2013, 9:01 am

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Message Posted On Jun 26th, 2013, 11:03 am
Love "24" but please please bring back Touch

Message Posted On May 24th, 2013, 4:32 pm
if fox is listening please bring back touch season 3 it was the only series I ever watched
Linda Lou

Message Posted On May 13th, 2013, 5:56 am
Yeah, I loved 24 and was so sorry it went off! It was "on the edge of your seat" action--please bring it back!!!

Message Posted On May 13th, 2013, 1:39 am
Then shouldn't be called 12??

Message Posted On May 12th, 2013, 2:05 am
Why 24 was even stopped in the first place is beyond me.. Bring back 24, its a must..

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Message Posted On May 11th, 2013, 7:44 am

I agree with my foreposters that a revival of "24" as a (even if limited) series would be quite aweseome! :)


Message Posted On May 10th, 2013, 10:08 pm
Am sad to see touch leaving the lineup but not surprised. Seems that whenever you get a good show people like then it's cancelled. Unless it is ridiculously stupid so that you lose at least 10 IQ points or depends on sex scenes. SAD

Message Posted On May 10th, 2013, 6:20 pm
Sad to see Touch go. Loved the series, 2nd season was even better than the first one. Glad 24 could be back, best series ever!

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Since: 29/Dec/09
Message Posted On May 10th, 2013, 11:53 am

Touch was horrible watch the piot and about 10mins from the seccond episode and that was enough ... 24 was great tho the acting and camera work on the finnal season was under the value you got to expect from the rest of the seasons.


Message Posted On May 10th, 2013, 10:17 am
Its been confirmed as coming back for another season, it will be 12 episodes.
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