Touch (TV series)

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Touch
Touch Logo Black.svg
Genre Drama
Thriller
Science fiction
Created by Tim Kring
Starring David Mazouz
Kiefer Sutherland
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Danny Glover
Lukas Haas
Saïd Taghmaoui
Saxon Sharbino
Maria Bello
Composer(s) Wendy Melvoin
Lisa Coleman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Carol Barbee
Suzan Bymel
Peter Chernin
Tim Kring
Francis Lawrence
Katherine Pope
Kiefer Sutherland
Running time 44–49 minutes
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Chernin Entertainment
Tailwind Productions
Distributor 20th Television
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run January 25, 2012 (2012-01-25)  – May 10, 2013 (2013-05-10)
External links
Official Website

Touch is an American thriller television series that ran on Fox from January 25, 2012, to May 10, 2013. The series was created by Tim Kring and starred Kiefer Sutherland.[1] During its first season the series aired regularly on Thursday nights beginning March 22, 2012.[2][3] Thirteen episodes were ordered for the first season,[4] with the two-episode season finale airing on Thursday, May 31, 2012.[5] On May 9, 2012, Fox renewed the show for a second season.[6] On Friday, September 14, 2012, a bonus episode of season one aired. The second season was originally scheduled to begin Friday, October 26, 2012, but was pushed back to Friday, February 8, 2013.[7]

On May 9, 2013, Fox canceled Touch after two seasons.[8]

Plot[edit]

Touch centers on former reporter Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) and his 11-year-old autistic son, Jake (David Mazouz). Martin's wife died in the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks, and he has been struggling to raise Jake since then, moving from job to job while tending to Jake's special needs. 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 (for instance popcorn kernels).

Season 1[edit]

Jake's repeated escapes from special schools put Martin's capacity to raise the child in question, and social worker Clea Hopkins (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) arrives to perform an evaluation of Jake's living conditions. Martin, worried that he might lose his son, attempts to communicate with him, but the boy only continues to write down a specific pattern of numbers. This leads Martin to discover Professor Arthur Teller (Danny Glover), who has seen and worked with cases like this before, claiming that Jake is one of the few who can see the "pain of the universe" through the numbers. Teller also alludes to the interconnectivity of humanity as envisioned by the Chinese legend of the red string of fate, whereby actions, seen and unseen, can change the fate of people across the globe for the better. Martin realizes that Jake is trying to tell him to follow the numbers. On subsequent days, Martin does as Jake wants, each time finding his actions improving those touched by the numbers, though his devotion to following Jake's message puts his evaluation with social services at risk.

A larger overarching plot involves Teller's work. Teller himself had seen the numbers during a stroke, and has been fascinated with them since. The sequence of numbers that Jake presents falls into what Teller claimed was the Amelia Sequence (later known as the God Sequence), based on Amelia Robbins, who was one of his former child patients. Teller later is found dead after attempting to locate Amelia at the same facility where Jake spends his days. Martin discovers his old office, rented out from a Jewish synagogue, where he performs further research on the Amelia Sequence. He also learns that Teller's office mate, Avram (Bodhi Elfman), recognizes Jake as one of the 36 Righteous Ones. Meanwhile, Clea learns that an organization called Aster Corps, which provides Jake's school with modern equipment, seems intent on studying Jake's abilities as well as having ties to Teller's previous work with Amelia. When Aster Corps attempts to force the state to relinquish Martin's custody rights, Martin, with Jake's and Clea's help, is able to sneak Jake out and leave the city. Through Jake's directions, they end up meeting Amelia's mother, Lucy (Maria Bello), on a pier in Los Angeles.

Season 2[edit]

Martin, Jake, and Lucy gain help in their quest from news syndicate BreakWire and its owner, Trevor Wilcox (Greg Ellis). They also encounter Calvin Norburg (Lukas Haas), a former Aster Corps genius who is trying to heal his brain-damaged brother, and a murderous former priest, Guillermo Ortiz (Saïd Taghmaoui), who is determined to eliminate all of the Righteous 36 in order to restore the natural order of the universe, with God on top. After Lucy is killed on the orders of Aster Corps CEO Nicole Farington (Frances Fisher), Martin discovers that Farington plans to capture Jake and Amelia in order to decipher the God Sequence and use its predictive qualities to save the failing company.

At the end of the season the God Sequence is fully revealed. Its complete form is given as a repeating loop through four segments:

  • 318529632879522975611881604
  • 5512425452217437024522750
  • 010755991887789210262000
  • 017594820131026302153

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Season one promotional poster
  • David Mazouz as Jacob "Jake" Bohm: Martin's mute 11-year-old son, who is obsessed with numbers and can see past, present and future events through the numbers, and shows his father the numbers so that his father can help stop bad events from happening[9]
  • Kiefer Sutherland as Martin Bohm: a former journalist turned baggage handler, whose wife died in the September 11 attacks.[1]
  • Maria Bello as Lucy Robbins: the mother of Amelia, a girl who shares a gift similar to that of Jake and former client of Teller.[10]
  • Saxon Sharbino as Amelia Robbins: Lucy's missing daughter, who is gifted like Jake.[11]
  • Lukas Haas as Calvin Norburg: an Aster Corps genius whose path crosses with Martin and Jake. He is researching Amelia's brain activity, and plans to use the data to help his brain-damaged brother, William, recover from a major accident that he caused.[12]
  • Saïd Taghmaoui as Guillermo Ortiz: a priest-turned-murderer bent on killing the 36 people with Jake's ability, though he is one himself. When finally cornered by Martin, he kills himself rather than be captured, but not before apologizing to God (within earshot of Martin) for not finding the "nest of seven."[13]
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Clea Hopkins: a social worker who is sent to do an evaluation of the Bohms' living situation, and helps Martin and Jake escape from New York.[14]
  • Danny Glover as Professor Arthur Teller: an expert on the gifted few who possess numerical clairvoyance.[15]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Bodhi Elfman as Avram Hadar: a Hasidic Jew who shares an office with Teller. A student of Kabbalah, Avram believes Jake's special abilities are tied to this mysticism.
  • Greg Ellis as Trevor Wilcox: Martin's former reporter rival and later a friend who now owns a news syndicate called BreakWire and becomes an ally. Martin often leaves Jake under his care.
  • Frances Fisher as Nicole Farington: CEO of Aster Corps who tries to decipher the God Sequence in order to predict the future in advantage of Aster Corps.
  • Mykelti Williamson as Detective Lange: an LAPD detective who believes Martin's story enough to investigate Aster Corps.
  • Adam Campbell as Anthony "Tony" Rigby: an Aster Corps executive who reports to Farington and is complicit in keeping Amelia away from her mother.
  • Leland Orser as Dr. Linus: an Aster Corps employee in charge of the dangerous experiments being conducted on select members of the 36 at Aster Corps' Sleep Assessment Center. The experiments are disguised as treatment for sleep disorders, but are actually being used to complete the predictive number sequence for Aster Corps.
  • D. B. Sweeney as Joseph Tanner: Aster Corps enforcer who works directly under Farington orders.
  • Titus Welliver as Randall Meade: New York Lottery winner and a former firefighter who tried to rescue Martin's wife in the September 11 attacks. Meade believes he has a task to fulfill to atone for Sarah Bohm's death, which is driven by "his" numbers.
  • Roxana Brusso as Sheri Strepling: the corrupt director of the board-and-care facility that Jake attended.
  • Catherine Dent as Abigail Kelsey: Jake's aunt and an Aster Corps executive seeking custody of Jake.
  • Linda Gehringer as Frances Norburg: Calvin's mother, a middle-school librarian who is called to be Amelia's handler after the girl is kidnapped. She is murdered under orders from Aster Corps.
  • Samantha Whittaker as Dr. Nell Plimpton: an archaeologist and one of the 36 who comes to Los Angeles to Aster Corps' Sleep Assessment Center.
  • May Miyata and Satomi Okuno as Miyoko and Izumi: Flamboyant Japanese friends whose online presence runs throughout the first season, beginning with a cellular telephone that they receive from an international journey.

Episodes[edit]

Production[edit]

Touch season 1 was shot at The Culver Studios in Culver City, CA, and on location in Los Angeles, CA. Season 2 was filmed at Fox Studios in Century City, CA.

Post-production[edit]

"Three Little Birds", sung by Kayla Graham (Karen David), was released as a soundtrack single, on iTunes by 20th Century Fox TV Records on February 28, 2012.[16]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The first season of the show was met with "generally favorable" reviews, and obtained a Metacritic score of 63/100.[17] The second season received "mixed or average" reviews with a Metacritic score of 60/100.[18]

Michael Landweber of PopMatters called the first episode "stunningly effective", and said that "its mix of spirituality and science, familial and global struggles, is galvanising." He also noted that "The boy's narration, unnervingly matter-of-fact about the nature of the universe, takes on more power when he reveals that in 11 years, he has never spoken a word."[19] In a review for the New York Post, Linda Stasi said "If you can't get enough of number sequences and universal cylindrical patterns that constantly repeat [...] then for sure you'll repeat the pattern of watching Fox's new show." She added, "Yes, the show is intriguing, and it's great to have Sutherland back on TV. But frankly, it's awfully complicated."[20] Lori Rackl of the Chicago Sun-Times said the show "operates on the mind-blowing premise that people around the world are linked to one another and their lives intersect—with potentially major repercussions". She finished the review saying it "delivers a suspenseful ride around the world, peppered with some tear-jerking moments. The bar has been set high. Here's hoping "Touch" continues to reach it."[21] Kiefer Sutherland's performance also gained praise, with Landweber saying "Sutherland, however, plays the part with such a combination of intensity and subtlety that we are drawn deep into Martin's suffering, and rather than judging him, we feel with him. Every trial is etched in his face. He imbued Jack Bauer with similar stoicism, but Martin seems less resilient, more distressed."[19]

Verne Gay of Newsday called the second season "more fun," adding "you have plain old smashmouth elemental TV story devices—good guys, bad guys, evil corporations, a family unit, and a headlong rush toward the Truth, whatever that may be."[22] The New York Times' Neil Genzlinger called the season "considerably darker and more complex," adding "The intricacies may make it harder for new viewers to crack the show without doing some catch-up watching, but they also make it far more absorbing."[23] David Hinckley of the Daily News found two problems with the second season—"characters like popups in a video game" and "as the action ramps up, Jake's gift recedes." He added, "The show still has some interesting things happening, and there are worse things on TV than a fast-paced action drama."[24]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations for Touch
Year Association Category Nominee Result
2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Visual Effects Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Television Drama Show Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Actor: Drama Kiefer Sutherland Nominated
2013 Young Artist Awards[25] Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actor David Mazouz Nominated

Ratings[edit]

Touch debuted to over 12 million viewers in the pilot episode,[26] with the next episode pulling in more than 11.8 million. But ratings fell sharply after that, and the season one finale garnered just 4.6 million viewers.[27] After the first two episodes of season two, all of the remaining 11 episodes fell short of 3 million viewers, leading to the series cancellation.[28]

U.S. television ratings for Touch
Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale Viewers
(in millions)
1
Thursday 9:00pm
13
January 25, 2012
12.01[29]
September 14, 2012
4.60[30] 2011–12 #45 9.18[31]
2
Friday 9:00pm
13
February 8, 2013
3.94[32]
May 10, 2013[33]
2.42[34] 2012–13 #121 3.65[35]

International distribution[edit]

Country Channel Premiere date
 Austria ORF eins February 27, 2012 (Pilot)
March 26, 2012 (regular)[36]
 Australia Network Ten

Fox8

April 22, 2012
 Brazil Fox Brasil March 19, 2012[37]
 Canada Global January 25, 2012[38]
addikTV (in French) September 25, 2012[39]
 China
Southeast Asia (orthographic projection).svg Southeast Asia
Fox Asia March 25, 2012
 Belgium BeTV (in French) June 7, 2012
2BE September 3, 2012
 Bulgaria FOX Coming soon
 Croatia March 27, 2012
 Macedonia Fox Life March 27, 2012
 Serbia March 27, 2012
 Slovenia March 27, 2012
 Denmark TV 2 January 19, 2013[40]
 Finland MTV3 October 9, 2012
 France M6 September 14, 2013
 Germany Pro 7 February 27, 2012 (Pilot)[41]
March 26, 2012 (regular)
 Cyprus
 Greece
FX March 22, 2012
 India STAR World India March 24, 2012
 Israel Yes Action March 20, 2012
 Italy Fox March 20, 2012[42]
Union of South American Nations Latin America
 Argentina
 Chile
 Colombia
 Costa Rica
 Ecuador
 El Salvador
 Paraguay
 Peru
 Uruguay
 Venezuela
Canal Fox March 19, 2012[43][44]
 Mexico Canal Fox March 19, 2012[43][44]
Canal 5 August 14, 2013
 Lithuania TV3 May 8, 2013
 Hungary RTL2 October 13, 2013
 Netherlands Fox NL August 23, 2013[45]
 New Zealand TV3 March 25, 2012[46]
 Norway TV 2 March 19, 2012
 Philippines Jack TV and JACK City on BEAM TV 31 March 18, 2012[47]
 Poland Fox March 26, 2012[48]
 Portugal Fox March 20, 2012[49]
 Russia Channel One March 25, 2012
 Slovakia TV JOJ June 20, 2014
 Spain Fox España March 22, 2012
Cuatro July 8, 2013[50]
 Sweden Kanal 11 September 23, 2013[51]
  Switzerland Pro 7 February 27, 2012 (Pilot)[41]
March 26, 2012 (regular)
RTS Un (in French) March 31, 2013
 United Kingdom
 Ireland
Sky1 March 20, 2012[52]
 Taiwan
 Hong Kong
 Indonesia
 Malaysia
 Singapore
 Thailand
Fox Asia March 25, 2012
 Vietnam STAR Movies Asia March 28, 2012
 Hong Kong TVB Pearl December 18, 2012[53]

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