Heroes mastermind Tim Kring returns to TV with Touch which, judging by this first-look trailer, is about an autistic boy who can predict the future and his soft-hearted/hard-fisted dad who acts on that information.
This three-minute spot lays out what seems to be Touch's general thrust: Kiefer Sutherland's son, who's never spoken in all of his 11 years, can somehow divine the course of future actions. It falls to dear old dad to both act on this intelligence (with the aid of mentorly Danny Glover) and convince the authorities (in the form of former Doctor Who player Gugu Mbatha-Raw) that he's a fit father. And there are terrorists, reams of numbers, and a decent amount of crying.
Here's Fox's official synopsis of Touch, set to premiere in Spring 2012:
At the center of Touch is Martin Bohm (Sutherland), a widower and single father, haunted by an inability to connect to his mute 11-year-old son, Jake (David Mazouz). After multiple failed attempts at keeping Jake in school, Martin is visited by Clea Hopkins (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a social worker sent to evaluate Jake's well-being. Everything changes when Martin discovers that Jake possesses the gift of staggering genius—the ability to see things that no one else can and the patterns that connect seemingly unrelated events. Jake is indeed communicating. But it's not with words, it's with numbers. Martin meets Arthur DeWitt (Danny Glover), a professor and an expert on children who possess special gifts when it comes to numbers. Now, it's up to Martin to decipher the meaning and connect the numbers to the cast of characters whose lives they affect.
It feels like a more emotionally grounded take on the same themes that J.J. Abrams' Person of Interest is playing with (dude rights wrongs based on a mysterious set of numbers), but with Jack Bauer.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)