Fox has ordered 13 episodes of Touch, a new drama from Heroes creator Tim Kring. The series, which premieres in spring 2012, will mark a return to television -- and to the network -- for star Kiefer Sutherland, who earned an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Jack Bauer on 24.
Touch centers on Martin Bohm (Sutherland), a widower and single father haunted by his inability to connect with his mute 11-year-old son Jake, played by David Mazouz. Everything changes when Martin discovers that Jake possesses the ability to see patterns that connect seemingly unrelated events -- and that he is indeed communicating, but with numbers instead of words. Now it's up to Martin to decipher the meaning and connect the numbers to the people whose lives they affect.
The drama, from Chernin Entertainment and Tailwind Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television, also stars Danny Glover as Prof. Arthur Dewitt, an expert on children who possess special gifts when it comes to numbers, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as social worker Clea Hopkins.
"Every once in a while, you encounter a piece of material that you just cannot say no to,” Sutherland said in a statement. “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."
Kring wrote the pilot, which will be directed by executive producer Francis Lawrence.