Monday, January 23, 2012

New Fox series has the Kiefer 'Touch'

Fans of Jack Bauer and "24" should cheer up. Not only is there a movie in the works, but Kiefer Sutherland (who played Bauer) returns to Fox this week in an hour preview of his March series "Touch."
We've seen it, and it's one of the best pilots in years, if you enjoy a little science fiction.
Airing at 9 p.m. Wednesday, "Touch" tells the story of a widower whose autistic son doesn't let anyone touch him, is mute, writes numbers in a notebook and climbs cellphone towers.
But there's a method to the apparent strangeness, and a story evolves encompassing future events, a 9-11 story and a realm of abilities far beyond "Rain Man."
If we had to make our own prediction, we'd say the 13-episode series will not measure up to the hour opener, with story created by Tim Kring, who did "Heroes" (also inventive early in its series life). If "Touch" does measure up, then we're happily wrong. Some of us are way more mathematically challenged than 11-year-old savant Jake (played by David Mazouz). Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays a social worker, and Danny Glover's also involved.
The reality of autism may not jibe with that portrayed in "Touch,"; we're fairly certain of that. But as a piece of fiction with a little bit of action and some very cool twists, "Touch" has it.

Time for some updates on other TV points:

Heather Hegedus has left WFSB-3 and starts Tuesday at WFXT in Boston (Fox) as weekend anchor. Hegedus joined WFSB in 2009 and was doing weekend mornings.

Says Lifetime ladies channel: The world premiere of the Lifetime Original Movie Drew Peterson: Untouchable, starring Rob Lowe and Kaley Cuoco, "generated record viewership, averaging 5.8 million total viewers, making it cable’s most-watched original movie in the demo in two years since Lifetime’s 'The Pregnancy Pact.'"

CNN's coverage of the GOP South Carolina debate drew 5.03 million viewers. Who says the mainstream media doesn't cover the Republican side? Of course, not as much as Fox News, which spends roughly 90 percent of its time on GOP presidential campaign and gang-throwdowns of President Obama. Criticism of the president is fine, as long as there's some balance, of course. So it's lucky for us that Fox News is "fair and balanced."

The special "Tony Bennett: Duets II" will air Friday at 9 p.m. on PBS stations.

WVIT is in the midst of a hiring stretch, adding Malina Basu and others.

Jan Carabeo today will join Hartford Fox-affiliate WTIC-61, according to online reports. She comes from New York state stations and will report on the morning shows.

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