FOX Renews 'Touch', Cancels 'The Finder' And 'Alcatraz'
Not only has Kiefer Sutherland returned triumphantly to FOX, but the "24" star's latest endeavor isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
The network announced today that Sutherland's supernatural thriller "Touch" has been picked up for a second season, Zap2It reports. Created by "Heroes" creator Tim Kring, Sutherland plays single father Martin Bohm, whose mute, autistic son Jake (David Mazouz) perceives otherwise hidden patterns in everyday sights and events that help him see the future. It's generally been pretty well received: the New York Post did chide that it's "awfully complicated" but also said that it's "intriguing, and it's great to have Sutherland back on TV." Meanwhile, the Chicago Sun-Times review said that it "delivers a suspenseful ride around the world, peppered with some tear-jerking moments.
Alas, two other freshman dramas won't enjoy the same luck.
FOX has canned the mid-season replacement "Alcatraz". The drama focused on apparently long-deceased prisoners of San Francisco's famed prison popping up all alive and walking around n' stuff here in the present day. Justified or not, it appears it's another casualty of FOX's famously hit-and-miss record with supernatural/sci-fi endeavors. It seems like for ever "Fringe" or "Touch" that gets a renewal, the network's history is dotted with a "Millennium", "Firefly", "Sliders" or "Doctor Who: The Enemy Within".
Along similar lines, the network has also killed off "Touch". A long-in-the-works product of a backdoor pilot episode of the same name from the sixth season of "Bones", it was given every chance in the world to succeed with an initial Thursday lead-in from "Bones" but was moved recently to Fridays, bumping the premiere of Gordon Ramsay's "Hotel Hell" to this summer.
The series finale of "The Finder" airs May 11. Meanwhile, "Touch" wraps up its first season with a two-episode finale May 31.