January 26th, 2012
12:07 PM ET
It's almost difficult to believe that a show like "Touch" actually got greenlit for broadcast television.
That's a compliment, by the way. It's not a show that you can watch passively, and it's demanding to the point that it seems like it might be more at home on cable. One has to wonder if it would have gotten made if not for Kiefer Sutherland taking a starring role.
It's not easy to categorize, but is also unmistakably the work of Tim Kring, the creator of "Heroes." Here we have many different people, on different parts of the globe, interconnected through extraordinary circumstances. Sound familiar?
Not only is Sutherland in the lead (in a quite impressive performance, I might add), but Danny Glover shows up as a man who seems to understand what is really going on here.
Sutherland plays Martin, whose mute son Jake supposedly has autism. Instead, it seems that he's some sort of super-psychic, who communicates in numbers (okay, there's a little bit of "Lost" there, too – yes, the numbers also work on the lottery).
The wheels are already in motion before we meet Jake, when Martin – who works in an airport and collects lost cell phones – absentmindedly sends a phone with luggage overseas, while being called to an emergency involving his son.
This phone will eventually stop a boy from committing an act of terrorism. Another phone makes a wannabe pop star in Ireland a YouTube sensation. Another will bring a husband and wife back together. And Martin's decision to "follow the numbers" will lead to a bunch of students in a school bus being saved (in another interesting turn, by "Lost's" Titus Welliver as their rescuer).
It's an interesting premise, no doubt, and just like the pilot of "Heroes," it's hard not to get hooked right away. But the long-term potential for this series is difficult to discern. We'll have a better idea on March 19 what this will look like as a series.
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