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Kiefer Sutherland Talks 24 Movie at Touch Premiere: "I Keep Trying to Push it Forward"

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24 fans are used to unexpected jolts and cliffhangers, but few were as dramatic as a report in TheWrap last week claiming the long-gestating big-screen version might be delayed or sidelined entirely over a budget and salary dispute between Fox and star/producer Kiefer Sutherland.

So at the American Museum of Natural History-hosted worldwide Internet premiere of his new Fox series Touch in New York City Sunday night, TV Guide Magazine interrogated Jack Bauer himself.

"I have a very definitive window because of Touch and other commitments to make [the 24 film]," said Sutherland, who also exec produces Touch. "We're still trying to get it in this slot. It's looking — in all fairness and all honestly — less probable, but we're still trying. And if we don't, we'll wait eight months and do it then. What's most important is that we put ourselves in a position ...
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On the Set: Kiefer Sutherland Returns to TV in Touch

Kiefer Sutherland, Touch

Inside his trailer on the set of his new Fox series Touch, Kiefer Sutherland can't stop thinking about numbers: 12,000,000... 318... 100...

"It boggles the mind," he says. "It's become a huge part of my life."

No, Sutherland hasn't become obsessed with patterns like his son on the show. Touch tells the story of Martin Bohm (Sutherland), a once promising journalist who's now a widower unloading baggage at JFK. His 11-year-old special-needs son, Jake (David Mazouz), scribbles strangely prescient numbers into notebooks but has never uttered a word. In each episode of the drama, Jake connects those numbers to... read more

Wednesday TV in Review: Get Touch-ed, a CSI Farewell, Face Off and More

David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland

This mid-season, we're being asked repeatedly to take giant leaps of faith with shows that dare to be different, that refuse to settle for the same old TV formulas, despite all of the risk that entails. Risk is the operating principal behind shows like NBC's Smash (Feb. 6), a dazzling but dauntingly inside (theater) baseball look at the making of a Broadway musical. Ditto ABC's The River (Feb. 7), a terrifying supernatural quest into an exotic heart of darkness in the Amazon jungle that's not for the faint-hearted. Later in the season, not yet scheduled, NBC will offer up Awake, a gripping but grim psychological drama about a grieving man trapped between two possible dream worlds.

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The 7 Reasons Kiefer Sutherland Strongly Advises You to Watch Touch

Touch, Kiefer Sutherland

Remember when Jack Bauer was forced into a situation where he needed some friend (not foe) to get out of his way so he could stop some damn terrorists? He'd perform his mighty headlock maneuver and whisper ever so gently, "Don't fight it." That's more or less how Kiefer Sutherland feels about Touch, the new show in which he stars created by Heroes boss Tim Kring. Watching it is what's best for you, he explained read more

Life After Heroes: Tim Kring on Why His New Show Touch Is Unapologetically Sentimental

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For his next act, Heroes creator Tim Kring wanted to nix the epic mythologies and instead make the TV show that he'd been kicking around in his head for years. His new drama, Touch, stars Kiefer Sutherland as a man desperate to communicate with his mute son Jake, an 11-year-old who he discovers can spot patterns in the world that predict the future and -- more importantly to Kring -- demonstrate humanity's interconnectedness.

So while Jake sounds suspiciously like one of Heroes' superpower-wielding characters, solving the mystery of his gift is not a priority for Kring. read more

Kiefer Sutherland Returns to TV in Touch: Say Goodbye to Jack Bauer

Touch, Kiefer Sutherland

Here's the one thing Kiefer Sutherland and Tim Kring would like you to know about their forthcoming Fox series Touch: It's nothing like 24. (Although we had fun trying to draw comparisons!)

Whereas the terrorist-destroying, world-saving hero Jack Bauer was the model of pent-up angst and repressed emotion, Sutherland's new alter ego, Martin Bohm, is the exact opposite. Touch, the latest from Heroes boss Kring, tells the story of widower Martin Bohm, the father of a mute son who harbors the uncanny ability to connect patterns and discover the meaning behind seemingly unrelated events happening all over the world.

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Southland's Roxana Brusso Joins Fox's Touch

Roxana Brusso

Southland star Roxana Brusso has joined the cast of Fox's new drama Touch, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Counting down to Kiefer Sutherland's Touch: The 6 ways it could remind you of 24!

Brusso, who portrayed Detective Alicia Fernandez, will play... read more

Counting Down to Kiefer Sutherland's Touch: The 6 Ways It Could Remind You of 24!

David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland

Still dissecting the trailer for Fox's Touch? Frustrated you can't start an actual countdown to the return of Kiefer Sutherland because the show still doesn't have an airdate? You're not alone.

Fox makes Kiefer Sutherland's return to primetime official

The upcoming drama from Heroes boss Tim Kring stars 24's Sutherland doing what he does best: making sure the world doesn't self-destruct. Standing in for Jack Bauer is Touch's Martin Bohm, widower and father to a mute son, Jake. The problem? Jake harbors the uncanny ability to connect patterns and discover the meaning behind seemingly unrelated events happening all over the world.... In other words, he can predict when bad stuff is going to go down, among other things, and his dad Martin's the one who will have to deal. (Get ready for emotional Kiefer, world!)

Just for kicks — and because we still miss 24 — let's count the ways Touch, without meaning to, will continue its legacy, using the trailer as our guide:

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First Look: Watch Kiefer Sutherland Try to Save the World Again in Fox's Touch

Kiefer Sutherland

24 star Kiefer Sutherland makes his return to series TV in the upcoming Fox drama Touch — and it looks like he still has the fate of the world resting on his shoulders. Or should we say it's resting on the shoulders of his mute-but-clearly gifted son? We're not exactly sure how to... read more

Fox Makes Kiefer Sutherland's Return to Primetime Official

Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland's back at Fox and once again looking to save the world, but this time with a twist. Fox has given a firm series order to Touch, a new drama starring Sutherland as the father of a 10-year-old boy with an unusual gift.

Fox had previously announced Touch as a contender for midseason, but executives wanted to first see the show's pilot before committing to a full pickup. Producers delivered the show to the network earlier this month, and Fox executives liked what they saw.

Touch has been given a 13-episode order and will air some time in spring 2012 on Fox, although the network has not yet given it a firm airdate.... read more

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