Kiefer Sutherland Returns to TV in 'Touch'

Kiefer Sutherland Returns to TV in 'Touch'

TV Guide was able to catch a moment to interview the former 24 lead actor, Kiefer Sutherland. Here he shares his thoughts about his latest TV comeback, 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."

Sutherland has a better grip on the digits at hand: 12 million viewers watched the Touch preview that aired in January. The series, created by Tim Kring, the writer and producer behind Heroes, launches for real with a global media event on March 18 — a date that figures prominently in Touch's opening episode. The premiere re-airs that week in more than 100 countries around the globe and on March 22 in the United States. The wait-and-see preview combined with a worldwide rollout makes it an unprecedented launch for TV. "I'm feeling nervous," Sutherland says, lighting a cigarette. "There's a lot riding on this, and I know what it means to have a hit show, certainly."

Kring clearly has a big-picture plan for putting these themes on the air. "If we consider the ripple effect our lives have, it makes an impact on how we treat people, and that makes the world a better place," he says, sitting in his editing suite at Culver Studios in Los Angeles. He looks stressed for someone given to New Age musings, but that's because he has five episodes to lock. Plus, he's read the early reviews, which were decidedly mixed. One critic called the preview "likable but dumb." Kring is tweaking the show.

"We may not always tie up each episode as neatly as we did in the pilot," he says, adding that not all the stories will be uplifting or positive, and that "minor characters may emerge in one episode and then reappear down the line four or five episodes later."

Ultimately, says Sutherland, "Touch is a show about fate. And you never know what fate will deal you. It's sometimes scary, sometimes funny, sometimes dangerous, sometimes poignant. I guess you can say it's like making a television show."

Source: TV Guide