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Kiefer Sutherland gets NBC pilot offer

What does that mean for FOX's flailing 'Touch'?

By Sona Charaipotra Feb 27, 2013 4:12PM
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Admittedly, FOX's Friday night drama "Touch" is flailing -- bringing in just 2.7 million viewers on average.


But NBC is already chiming the death knell for the Tim Kring-produced FOX series, now in its second season. Entertainment Weekly reports that NBC has offered the star the central role in their pilot for the dark drama "The Black List," penned by Jon Bokencamp, about a hardened criminal who turns himself in to the cops -- and offers to spill on everyone's he's ever worked with. 

Given the fact that FOX won't likely decide the fate of "Touch" until their May upfronts, the offer seems a bit premature. But it would lock Sutherland in to a "second position" deal, not unlike the one Will Arnett recently locked for Greg Garcia's still-untitled CBS comedy, given the fact that "Up All Night" is not yet technically dead. 


It's unclear whether Sutherland will take the bait, but NBC's offer marks another bold move in a seemingly cutthroat pilot season, with major names locking deals across networks, and many boldfaced stars getting multiple offers. Given the caliber of talent Sutherland's bringing to the table -- especially with his stellar eight-season run with the FOX hit "24" -- it would behoove FOX to give the show another shot, perhaps in a more workable time slot. 

"Touch" airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX. 
7Comments
Feb 28, 2013 9:33AM
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With ratings faltering for "Touch" on Fox, Sutherland could prove smart to move to a new pilot, even if it's for NBC (Nothing But Crap).  While comedies such as the departing "30 Rock" and "Community" do well on NBC, the only drama worth watching is "Revolution." 
Feb 28, 2013 9:19AM
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With how involved most shows are, they are getting better to watch as a whole season rather than every week. Not to mention how many times schedule changes in networks make it actually work to watch these shows..

Feb 28, 2013 8:52AM
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I loved 24 and I'm still not over that one, but the pilot that NBC is suggesting he star in, sounds great.  I just couldn't get into Touch, and Sutherland is WAY too good an actor to be stuck with it.  He was great as Jack in 24 and I hope to see him on NBC next season
Feb 28, 2013 12:45AM
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Touch is an awesome show!  I'd hate to see it axed, but considering the general viewing populace and their preferences, I guess I shouldn't be surprised.  After all, it IS a bit mature and intellectual for most viewers, and way beyond their preferred standards (like gross, creepy, crappy, no-class animated shows).

 

Too bad we older-gens no longer have any say-so.  And sdial...if you paid any attention, perhaps the "premise" is the same, but you obviously are not getting the deeper point of what this show is about.  Tsk.

Feb 27, 2013 10:17PM
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Keifer Sutherland sucks as an actor.  He thinks he's one bad motha in real life.  Truth is he's a big wet pussy.
Feb 27, 2013 8:54PM
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There's a reason people aren't watching.  It's boring.  Same thing every week.  A new time slot is not going to help.  This article's author Sona Charaipotra needs to read what she herself wrote about the show having no viewers.
Feb 27, 2013 8:44PM
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I just started watching it on Netflix and I love that show... Touch. 

I got to watch the whole season - and I couldn't wait but watched one after the other....
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