FOX has already ordered nine new shows to air during the 2013-2014 TV season: five comedies and four dramas. And they already gave early renewals for the vast majority of their current shows, but one struggling drama had yet to receive a verdict — until now. Touch has been cancelled and will not return for a third season.
The Kiefer Sutherland starring drama was renewed for a second season last year, even after already-declining ratings. After its return (and a move to Friday nights), its future didn’t look any brighter, averaging only 2.68 million viewers, which is down from 3.8 million for the season 2 premiere. The most recent episode received 2.22 million.
This means that the finale airing on Friday, May 10, is now the series finale.
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But there’s some good news to come out of this. Now that Sutherland is free of his contract with Touch, FOX is looking to revive his previous series 24, the drama that played out storylines in real time, with each episode taking up one hour in a day. He’s is already in “early talks,” according to Deadline, to reprise his role as Jack Bauer. If picked up, 24 would return as a limited series, as the network is looking to pick up shows with shorter runs.
24 went off the air in 2010 after eight seasons. Rumors have been rampant ever since on a possible movie, but nothing ever happened. If FOX revives the show, it will “start from scratch with a new story arc.” And Howard Gordon is expected to return as showrunner.
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