The teaming of Sutherland and executive producer Tim Kring (Heroes) seemed smart, too. Kring took the best of Heroes, the broad, international scope, and used it to ignite a very personal and domestic story.
Adding Maria Bello to the mix also seemed like a positive move. She's a "phenomenal" actress, as Sutherland said to a few of us last summer when he took questions during the Fox TCA press tour party. She plays a mom who has a missing daughter who can also connect numbers. The pair form an alliance.
You can't help but think Fox might not have a great deal of faith in Touch, however. There's the Friday night timeslot, the late mid-season return. The series was originally booked for October but got bumped back twice.
Now there's word Bello won't be coming back even if the series goes to a third season.
One thing Fox is trying to do is promote the series as 24 2.0. Their release suggests "Touch has become a heart-pounding thrill ride, filled with suspense, murder, heroism and global consequences..." Fox is definitely playing their Bauer.
Read more here at this feature I wrote this week for The Canadian Press.