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It was announced today that Fox has ordered 13 episodes of new drama series Touch, starring Kiefer Sutherland (24).
The drama is created and written by Heroes mastermind Tim Kring, and is set to join the other shows on Fox’s schedule sometime in spring 2012. Sutherland will play widower and single father Martin Bohm, who struggles to connect with his mute 11-year-old son Jake. Martin later discovers that Jake has a genius gift of noticing patterns that connect random events. Danny Glover is touted to appear as a professor who also possesses a special gift connected with numbers in a similar vein to Jake.
Fox's President of Entertainment, Kevin Reilly, said in a statement: "Touch is another ambitious series from Tim Kring that is beautifully executed and has incredibly resonant themes for our times ... With Kiefer back on the network as the face and force behind this creative new series, I'm confident it will resonate with viewers this spring."
Sutherland himself added: "Every once in a while, you encounter a piece of material that you just cannot say no to. That, combined with the opportunity to work again with Peter Chernin and the Fox studio and network, makes me thrilled to be a part of this project ...I also look forward to working with an extraordinary writer and producer like Tim Kring."
Along with the new series, Sutherland revealed earlier this year that the much anticipated feature film version of 24 will also be released in 2012.