This Thursday on Fox we find out that our world is interconnected. A boy of 10 who has never spoken a word in his life, is able to see the world through numbers and understand that complex relationship that ties us all together. This new show adds to the list of high concept dramas coming to our screen over the past few months. Others include Awake on NBC. This show brings in writers and producers from such shows as Terra Nova, Heroes and Falling Skies. Melinda Hsu Taylor who was the supervising producer for some of the best episodes of Falling Skies and the writer for the episodes Sanctuary Part 2 and Grace also writes for Touch in what she says will be an entertaining and mind binding show.
A good friend and fellow social media guru, Sookie, had the chance to watch the world wide premiere of the show in New York this past Sunday and shared with us some details of the visit, including a Q and A session with the cast of the show. Below is the video of the Q and A with Kiefer Sutherland, David Mazouz and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
For more on Sookies visit and screening visit her blog by clicking this link.
The show reminds me of a movie done a few years back called The Last Mimzy. In it, 2 kids were given the ability to see the worlds complex connections and impacts on a scale that no adult would understand, and used it to save the future.
Advance humans from the future, used a bunny to communicate these secrets to the children in hopes that they could help prevent the pollution of the environment that had occurred over the millennium.The concept of the show is interesting and unique for TV and should play out well. I wonder how much the show will resemble this movie. I think it may have similar concepts but is geared more towards adults where The Last Mimzy was geared to a younger group.
Here is a little about the show and a preview video of the upcoming release of Fox’s new high concept drama:
Blending science, spirituality and emotion, the series will follow seemingly unrelated people all over the world whose lives affect each other in ways seen and unseen, known and unknown. At the story’s center is MARTIN BOHM (Kiefer Sutherland), a widower and single father, haunted by an inability to connect to his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son, JAKE (David Mazouz). Caring, intelligent and thoughtful, Martin has tried everything to reach his son. But Jake never speaks, shows little emotion, and never allows himself to be touched by anyone, including Martin. Jake is obsessed with numbers—writing long strings of them in his ever-present notebooks—and with discarded cell phones.
Social worker CLEA HOPKINS (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) believes that Jake’s needs are too serious for Martin to handle. She sees a man whose life has become dominated by a child he can no longer control. She believes that it’s time for the state to intervene. So Jake is placed in foster care, despite Martin’s desperate objections.
“Martins quest to connect with his son will shape humanitys destiny”
But everything changes after Martin meets ARTHUR TELLER (Danny Glover), a professor and an expert on children who possess special gifts when it comes to numbers. Martin learns that Jake possesses an extraordinary gift—the ability to perceive the seemingly hidden patterns that connect every life on the planet. While Martin wants nothing more than to communicate directly with his son, Jake connects to his father through numbers, not words. Martin realizes that it’s his job to decipher these numbers and recognize their meaning. As he puts the pieces together, he will help people across the world connect as their lives intersect according to the patterns Jake has foreseen.
Martin’s quest to connect with his son will shape humanity’s destiny.
TOUCH is a production of Chernin Entertainment and Tailwind Productions, in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Tim Kring created the series and wrote the pilot. Kring, Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants”), Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Kiefer Sutherland, Suzan Bymel (“The War at Home”) and Carol Barbee (“Jericho”) are executive producers. Lawrence directed the pilot.