News Briefs: Fox Gets in Touch with Kiefer Sutherland

THE IMPORTANT STUFF

... Kiefer Sutherland is back in the TV business. The 24 star will headline the Fox series Touch—one of the more high-profile projects currently in development—which was just picked up to series today. It comes from the mind of Heroes creator Tim Kring, so take that however you like; for me, it's a red flag. The sci-fi-ish drama is about a father (Sutherland) who discovers his mute 11-year-old son has the special ability to see things no one else can see and connect unrelated events through numbers. In the original pitch for the project, the son was autistic and could see the future. We'll see what sticks and what's thrown out when it debuts this spring. Also starring are Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Undercovers) and Danny Glover. [Fox via press release]

... Fox debuted its much- over-hyped The X Factor last night, and it turns out that people have better taste than I thought. Assumed by some to be a monster hit in its American debut, The X Factor bombed by Simon Cowell's standards, who said it would be a disappointment if it didn't reach 20 million total viewers. Well, Simon, you got 12.5 million. Normally that would be fine and dandy, but The X Factor comes in with obvious comparisons to American Idol, and it didn't come anywhere near the latter show's ratings. By comparison, the last season of Idol notched 26.23 million viewers. By even more recent comparison, last night's Modern Family grabbed more than 14 million viewers. Simon says: "Bollocks!" [TV By the Numbers]

... Speaking of testicles: Shocker! Lifetime has canceled Roseanne's Nuts. [Washington Post]

... But on the flip side, Lifetime has renewed Drop Dead Diva for a fourth season. [Deadline Hollywood]


THE CASTING STUFF

... Katie Holmes, who somehow manages to stay relevant enough to appear on awards shows in an attempt to combat her image as the womb from which Tom Cruise's army will emerge from (it's not working), will guest-star on How I Met Your Mother. She'll play the Slutty Pumpkin, a character that's been referred to for several seasons but has never been seen. If you were looking for a reason to give How I Met Your Mother a chance... you're probably still looking for one. [Vulture]

... Dexter's Courtney Ford will guest-star on The Big Bang Theory as that rarest of rare creature who exists only in the imaginations of geeks everywhere: the hot artsy chick who digs comic books. Call me, Courtney! [TV Line]

... Just when you thought Billy Zane had used up all his luck on bedding Kelly Brook (Survival Island might be the most paused and rewound movie in history), we've learned that the guy can still find work on network television. Zane will guest-star on The Playboy Club as the younger brother of [spoiler alert if you didn't see the first five minutes of the show] murdered mob boss Bruno Bianchi. He'll first appear in the show's sixth episode, also known as "three episodes after it's canceled." [TV Guide]

... Entourage creator Doug Ellin has booked two more actors for his next HBO series, 40. Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos, Detroit 1-8-7, tequila pitchman) and Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) will join Ed Burns and Michael Rapaport as aging bros in this dramedy about not being thirty-something anymore. [Deadline Hollywood]


THE WILD AND WACKY STUFF

... I do not understand this at all. AMC has given the greenlight to... ugh... I can barely write this. Let's try again. AMC is moving forward with... . Bleh. AMC will debut... choke, gasp, gargle... Talking Dead, a live chat show discussing The Walking Dead immediately after the zombie drama airs. It will be hosted by Chris Hardwick and watched by no one. [Deadline Hollywood]

... And here's more proof that even your eight-year-old sister can develop winning reality show ideas: The CW is working on a show called Extreme Musical Chairs. It is exactly what it sounds like. Suddenly, H8R sounds like The Wire. [Variety]


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we need heroes...we need Kiefer back
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I miss you Jack.
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I'm thrilled to see Keifer back on my tv screen, but under Tim Kring's writing? I don't know, Heroes just got so, so terrible to watch, so I'm pretty worried about what color this might paint on Keifer. In my opinion they should just start re-airing all the 24 seasons.
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"Suddenly, H8R sounds like The Wire." Props for that line, Tim.
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I am ACTUALLY looking forward to Talking Dead. The more Walking Dead content the better is what i think. Also. hosted by Chris Hardwick. Awesome. I love him & all of his projects. The Nerdist Podcast is just pure awesomeness.
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Love live Jack!
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The headline should have been 'Fox Touches Kiefer Sutherland.'
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GOD, i miss lines like that:



Tell me where the bomb is or I will kill your son.



BRING BACK JACKK
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The pitch for the show sounds like a recipe for disaster. Just bring back Jack and start an I-swear-to-christ-this-is-the-last-season season of 24.
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And I thought I was cynical. Next time maybe report what's goin on without your dose of venom. This story gave me a reverse attitude adjustment.
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"Nice makeup today Jim" "yeah, zombie n25 was just delightful" "yeah yeah totally the makeup department was on fire this episode, although zombie's n3 makeup could have been better" "yeah, you're right. Let's see the video please production" "In slowmo please...see? right there under his eyes...that color doesn't fit him at all. I would have use a lighter tone" "Me too Katie, me too"
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Talking Dead sounds like a copy of The Deadliest Warrior Aftermath web show (which is actually pretty interesting).
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I do have to admit that I've watched Survival Island a few times, and often found myself pausing and rewinding. Kelly Brook is smoking hot. Billy Zane is not.



40 sounds like Entourage except the characters are old and not famous.



Talking Dead sounds awful; even more awful than Extreme Musical Chairs. It's often forgotten that before Mad Men and Breaking Bad, AMC had only a few TV shows -- stupid ones.

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Extreme Musical Chairs? Who the fuck pitch this show to a network? "Hey CW? I wanna make a show, you know the game musical chairs? *give me the bong* Well it's like that only EXTREME" "we buy it"
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I said it before many times, I say it again. I won't watch another Tim Kring show ever in my life. The dude already had his chance with something great with endless possibilities, something rare on TV, and the dude killed the show because he didn't know what to do for not losing audience, and the funny thing is, he lost the audience and the show got cancelled. So no thanks with Touch. Besides it seems like a "cancelled between the 3 weeks of airing" kinda show.
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Touch reminds me of The Sixth Sense.



Whatever, the important thing is that Jack Bauer will save the world again.
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yes, kiefer is back, awesome
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She thought she got the winning lottery ticket, but got lobotomised in the process. Poor Katie indeed. Red flag and ringing alarm bells for Touch. It sounds like a very complicated affair. Autism, Mutism, Spiritism, Futurism, Tim Kringism, the whole probably drowning in sentimentalism. No Thank you.
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Somehow this guy manages to belittle and insult the fans of some of the most popular shows on TV and then just generally piss off everyone else. Why is this guy still writing?
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I don't like your insinuations about nerds or comic book fans. :( I've been to plenty of conventions and people of all shapes and sizes enjoy comic books and various nerd-fare.
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Kiefer Sutherland back on telly! Can't wait. Poor old Katie Holmes. Can anyone take her seriously these days. I can't watch Dawsons Creek anymore, all I can do is wonder what on earth happened to the girl everyone thought was going to be the new Audrey Hepburn.
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Talking dead? *facepalm*
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Talking Dead!!!!! . . . . ??? . . . . . If you'll excuse me for a moment, I have to go throw up . . . . . (disgusting retching noises). . . . . I knew I shouldn't have had that human flesh for breakfast, but I think I'm bette . . . wait . . . . oh god! I'm never eating Mexican again . . . . . (disgusting retching noises).
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In a way, 40 sounds a little like Men Of A Certain Age? ... Extreme Musical Chairs? I hope Extreme Pin the Tail On the Donkey and Extreme Glue Eating doesn't come next. And how do you make Musical Chairs extreme? Put the chairs on a melting, almost-frozen pond or on a high tightrope? Maybe the contestants have to balance eggs filled with explosives on spoons while snagging a seat? Hmm...
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LOL. I love reading these news briefs, they are a fun way to start the day! :D
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This all sounds like bad news. The only good thing is that X-factor flopped. Let's face it we are sick enough with American Idol we don't need more of this crap.
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So TOUCH sounds like a lame attempt to turn NUMB3RS into a sci-fi show, It WILL BOMB.
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Who wouldn't want to watch Extreme Musical Chairs? you've got music, people running around and punching other people out to get to a chair (presumably), what's not to like? and since it's extreme, there may even be things like chairs on mountains, or chairs surrounded by alligators. The possibilities are endless.
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I was hoping the ratings for X-Lackluster would be lower than 10m, but I'm sure they'll go down with each week.
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Katie Holmes as the bleeping Slutty Pumpkin? What a let-down. This is worse than when Britney was on the show.
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