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?'