The “Work Its” of the world notwithstanding, sometimes midseason is the perfect launching territory for a series too unique to fit on a fall schedule, and too full of potential to be submerged in a sea of September competition. “Touch,” a new drama starring Kiefer Sutherland, represents a perfect example of this idea. While we’ll never know if “Touch” would have pulled away from fall’s freshman pack, its preview airing tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Fox ensures this latest series from “Heroes” creator Tim Kring has a better-than-decent chance of getting the attention it deserves.
Certainly a portion of “24‘s” faithful will tune in to see Sutherland’s return to series television… and as it turns out, 9/11 has a significant role in “Touch’s” pilot. But viewers searching for shades of Jack Bauer won’t find much of him in Martin Bohm, a widower and single father struggling to raise his 11-year-old son Jake (David Mazouz) while still mourning a wife who died in the collapse of the Twin Towers. Bohm is stubborn and driven, but Sutherland’s portrayal grants him a level of fatigue and frailty his action hero rarely (if ever) displayed.