Winter TV Preview: Fox's Midseason Lineup
Television Critics Association winter press tour, where the networks introduce their midseason offerings. Check back over the next week for more info on what's coming soon to primetime TV.This post is part of a series of reports from this month's
Fox had its best fall in years with freshman hits like "New Girl" and "The X Factor," but the network isn't resting on its laurels: It's unveiling a host of new series with big names attached to pair with its reality juggernaut "American Idol." Here's a look at Fox's midseason shows, along with a key quote from the show's panel and our quick take on whether we'll watch or not.
"Touch" (January 25)
After saving the world countless times on "24," Kiefer Sutherland returns to TV with this New Age-y drama from "Heroes" creator Tim Kring. Sutherland plays the single father of an autistic child (David Mazouz) who can see patterns that connect people all around the world -- and may be able to predict the future.
Choice Quote: "I’d made [nearly] 200 episodes of '24,' and it was impossible to figure out how to navigate what I was going to do next without thinking about that. This character was so vastly different, and the tone of the piece was so vastly different, that that was part of its appeal." —Sutherland
Will We Watch? Meh. We might give the pilot a shot, but it doesn't seem like our cup of tea. Plus, we've been burned by Kring before.
"Alcatraz" (January 16)
From the fertile mind of J.J. Abrams comes this new supernatural drama: Three hundred criminals who were housed in the notorious Alcatraz prison back in the '60s reappear in present-day San Francisco and get right back to work committing crimes. Sarah Jones ("Sons of Anarchy") plays the detective investigating the strange phenomenon; "Lost's" Jorge Garcia co-stars as an eccentric Alcatraz expert.
Choice Quote: "When you read about historic criminals, there’s a certain romanticism that you put on them, but then when they’re in front of you, these are scary, scary, scary human beings. And it’s kind of a wake up call for [my character] when he volunteers with enthusiasm and then finds out this is a lot harder than he thought it was going to be." —Garcia